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Newcastle Start Strong But Fade A Bit In 0-0 First Half Against Arsenal


Newcastle came out on the front foot against Arsenal playing in a bit more open style under Steve Bruce. Miguel Almiron looked very threatening in the first fifteen minutes though he did get a yellow for diving in the box.

There were a few crosses early on that were just out of the reach of Joelinton though the second one just glanced off his head after taking a slight deflection from an Arsenal defender.

Jonjo Shelvey would have a powerful shot deflected off the near post for a corner in the 19th minutes as Newcastle continued to threaten early in the game.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan had a great chance in the 23rd minute could only manage to sail it over the crossbar. It was probably the best chance of the first half and was a harbinger of Arsenal coming into the game.

Joelinton, though, would follow with a nice chance as he was able to get past a few defenders in the box but the subsequent shot was easily gathered by Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno.

Joelinton– some decent chances early against Arsenal

Shelvey lost possession in the 30th minute which led to an Arsenal counter but the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shot was parried behind by Dubravka for Arsenal’s first corner.

Arsenal would grow further into the game and start to get a bit more possession. Newcastle seemed to have Isaac Hayden moved on to the right with Manquillo further forward. Hayden had a crucial interception in the box in the 35th minute to deny Arsenal a shot.

Newcastle were flirting a bit with danger playing a higher defensive line and looked like they could be caught on the counter with Arsenal’s pace.

The game would go a little bit tepid to close the half as both sides would fail to keep possession consistently.

There’s goals to be had in this game and Newcastle have to take their chances in the second half. This is the time to beat what is a weakened Arsenal team. They still have new signing Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette who can come on the second half but are missing some key members of the squad.

Bruce may want to think about bringing Allan Saint-Maximin on early in the second half to add another threat. Maybe in place of Sean Longstaff who has looked a bit rusty so far.


197 comments so far

  • DAVE..TOON..9

    Aug 11, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #1

    any decent links

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  • DAVE..TOON..9

    Aug 11, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #2

    and first time iv been first

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  • Pat On The Heed

    Aug 11, 2019 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Almiron is the mate who’s off his nut before he arrives at the club, dances like a lunatic and tries his luck with every woman then falls asleep in a booth an hour after arriving.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Is this a new thing for this season? HT new threads.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Pat on The Head

    😆

    Good analogy. He’s keen as mustard.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #6

    I just don’t think we have the team for slick one touch passing football and we keep losing the ball in areas that allows Arsenal to counter we really need to be a bit more direct and switch it with our fullbacks to the other side when there is space and get the ball into the box quicker!

    Charnley bumping his gums before the game in an interview mate we have about a 15-20 million net spend if we are lucky!! What happened to the rest?!! We really should have more options on the bench with no central midfielders for a start!!

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Really not keen on this formation- would prefer a trio in attack.

    Shameful dive by Almiron. Really hope he doesn’t do it again.

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  • Zele

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #8

    davetoon,

    I too would replace Longstaff but bring on Maximim and not Muto.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #9
  • DAVE..TOON..9

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #10

    like to see maxim get a run out

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  • AncientC

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Hayden is a great crosser of the ball; his position today suits him. I think people are getting carried away with Longstaff… there were a few who would have had Shelvey down the road with the weight of the world on Longstaff’s shoulders. The guy is a work in progress, his quality will shine through with more game time.

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  • jane

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #13
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  • ChicoUSA

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #14

    The next management lie: “there were 50k plus in the stands…”. 😉

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  • DAVE..TOON..9

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #15

    cheers mickey il give it a go

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  • toon22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #16

    In the highly unlikely event that SportsDirect is left without a willing auditor, the consequences would be dire, said Stell. “The shares would be suspended. That’s ultimately what would have to happen,” he said. “Without an audit, you don’t have any data for the public to make investment decisions.”

    In this eventuality, it’s likely the government would intervene and appoint an auditor, Stell added.

    https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/business/management-accounting/auditors-run-for-cover-as-sportsdirect-chaos-continues

    Lets hope the government appoint the HMRC to audit SD

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Ancient

    Agree. People making all kinds of conclusions based on 45mins of a season opener in the pissing down rain.

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #18

    47k there for the match.

    523 the way to go on the pitch, arsenal defensively poor, should be more assertive and put them under pressure.

    Saint-max on for 1 of the Cm three please.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #19

    47,675 there allegedly. Obv that includes season ticket holders that boycotted.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #20

    The new season along with new hopes. Let’s see how the new boys far and Steve Bruce. The boycott didn’t have the impact as many of us wanted though, 47k at St James’.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Schar’s passing has been awful today.

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  • lesh

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Chico

    Thanks for the Jason Isbel link. I’ve never heard of him before now and boy, does he rock. Nice one

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Stop trying to force it ffs!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Doing well to be 0-0 we could even win this if we pass better in the final third. Being wasteful so far.

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  • toon22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #25

    47.500 attendance

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  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Odd change

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Willems playing CM??????

    Hmm….

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  • cyprus

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m a Shelvey critic but he was our best MF.

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  • ChicoUSA

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #29

    I doubt that attendance figure!

    Lesh, glad you liked Isbell. Amazing guitarist, singer and songwriter. The fiddle player is his wife BTW….he’s got it all! 😀

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #30

    What’s that about?

    Surely Longstaff off first unless Shelvey has a knock.

    Ki should have been on the bench for sure.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #31

    Strange

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Has Ritchie moved into CM now with willems LWB?

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Hayden dropped into DM.

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  • Australian Pie

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Shelvey had a knock fairly sure, good game from him, its here to take

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #35

    47500. Thought it was more the noise there making

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  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #36

    My God Schars passing has been shambolic

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Ritchie CAM?

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Shcar wtf are you doing today, mate?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #39

    What a gift of a goal, left Aubameyang completely alone in acres of space. What the hell!

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  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #40

    GREAT WILLIAMS wTF

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