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Newcastle Couldn’t Compete With A Free-Flowing Arsenal Side

If Rafa Benitez had thought his side had made some progress this season he saw last night at the Emirates just how much we are still behind the top sides like Arsenal in the Premier League.

The Gunners were always in the ascendancy last night and goals from Ramsey after 30 minutes and one from former Newcastle striker target Lacazette with seven minutes to play were enough to give the home side an easy 2-0 win.

So in the last round of games, we have lost 3 points to Burnley, Southampton, and Crystal Palace who we play at home on Saturday afternoon.

We cannot have another defeat on Saturday with the other relegation-threatened sides starting to pick up points.

Aaron Ramsey turns away after scoring the first goal

Newcastle’s players, as usual, tried their hardest but it’s clear Rafa needs more talent, class, and creativity in the side.

The two goals were poor ones to concede with Jamaal Lascelles badly at fault for the second goal and he looked rusty all night.

The captain let the ball bounce in the penalty box – always a risky business – and Lacazette was past him in a jiffy to put the ball into the net to make it 2-0 after 83 minutes.

The first goal was when the classy Ramsey hit the ball first time past Dubravka and it went in off the far post.

Ramsey will be joining Juventus in the summer when his contract runs out at Arsenal.

We have only Liverpool left in the last six games and we have to go all out to get wins in every single game.

While we didn’t expect to win the game last night (we were hoping we could of course) it was the difference in class between the two sides that was disappointing for Newcastle and a bit of a wake-up call.

We cannot have any let-downs over the last games and Rafa will be disappointed we couldn’t match Arsenal last night.

Sat 06 Apr   Newcastle vs Crystal Palace    3:00pm
Fri 12 Apr   Leicester vs Newcastle         8:00pm 
Sat 20 Apr   Newcastle vs Southampton       5:30pm
Sat 27 Apr   Brighton vs Newcastle          5:30pm
Sat 04 May   Newcastle vs Liverpool         3:00pm
Sun 12 May   Fulham vs Newcastle            3:00pm

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2 comments so far

  • Jib

    Apr 2, 2019 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #1

    I expect Schar back in at the expense of
    A conventional back four of
    Yedlin/Manquillo Schar Lejeune Dummett
    a midfield of
    Ritchie Ki(who looked tidy) Hayden Almiron
    Perez Rondon

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 2, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Last night it would not of made a jot of difference if we had a £50 million striker – if you not give him the bullets to fire.

    Our midfield was non-existent last night – we had two break up players in Diame and Hayden who rarely pass the ball more than ten yards – to slow and ponderous on the ball – Ritchie playing as a half back who I thought had a decent game.

    There was no link up from defence to midfield to attack.

    When you have Dummett Yedlin and Lascalles in defence who rely on LeJuene to pass the ball out from the back set up attacks – then we tend to lump it long missing out our ‘midfield’

    With only LeJuene as the only ball player we needed Shelvey in the midfield last night

    Me I would play with two ball players out of the three in LaJuene, Star and Fernandez at the back with either dumbest or Lascalles as the other centre back.

    Midfield – we are missing Longstaffe – he had it all in the games he played could tackle pass long and short and a eye for goal.

    Our forwards Perez who had to come deeper and deeper to get the ball Almiron and Rondon who looked out of sorts were left isolated and living off scraps last night.

    Got to pick ourselves up for Saturday which is going to be hard with a team brimming with attack options and counter attack


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