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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

  • NezzaNUFC

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #81

    What is traitor Bruce formation?

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  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #82

    I am Watching thanks

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #83

    Willems brings no improved to this team he looks after a few mins shit how many traitor in sjp today .

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #84

    Could’ve used KiSY off the bench here, and a certain Andrew Carroll.

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  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #85

    Schar another stray pass sigh

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #86

    We are all over the place back to when we used to go a goal down and then the game was finished!!

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #87

    Many traitors in the ground today, it was expected, let them vast in Mike’s brilliance.

    Support the team, support the regime!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #88

    Schar has a had a 1/10 as far as his passes are concerned. Looks like the praise has gone to his head from last season and he;s trying too hard to live up to it.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #89

    God this is depressing

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  • toon22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #90

    We are a shambles of a team right now

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #91

    Some of you are so sad. Willing us to lose.

    Only fans usually doing that play in red & white.

    Take your self-hatred elsewhere and get some therapy.

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  • davetoon

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #92

    Ritchie works hard for the team but he needs to work on his delivery

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  • Goofy

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #93

    Willems fell asleep not going to condemn him for that.
    It is Arsenal we’re playing!! All the haters be hating.

    Cmon Toon score 1 FFS to shut the naysayers up

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #94

    Aus pie. What game u watching…. Its not this one. We are dreadful. No creativity or threat up front. Back 3 look dis jointed a nd passing generally is woeful.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #95

    Hayden our best by a long way

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #96

    Heyden MoM for me so far, lets keep him as the holding CM from now on please.

    Willems needs to get match fit before we can judge, seems a good few games away yet tho.

    shame we dont have another CF on the bench to bring on.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #97

    @Munster

    Mind and be fair and balanced after it mate!! 🙂

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  • toon22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #98

    You would honestly think we were the away side

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #99

    And maxi falls over

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #100

    I always have been lee.

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  • jane

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #101

    strange how toon22 starts posting when we go behind.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #102

    Would have been fairly confident of a draw with Perez and Rondon up front with Joellinton and ASM on the bench which is what we should have !!

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  • AncientC

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #103

    Joelinton’s forward play has been great. Very mature player for being only 22.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #104

    This team does not look interested our goalkeeper is bad with his passing out amd others with stray passing this is just the start of things to come but plenty of mugs in there for ashley the commenter just said since willems came on we’ve lost or balance amd mever recovered from it that says it all

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #105

    Goofy

    It is Arsenal in team name but how many of their starting 11 would you have on ours? apart from auba obvs…

    they were there for the taking today with a weak 11.

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  • jane

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #106

    at least it’s only 1 nil 😐

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #107

    Have to say it was a mistake not having Ki on the bench. Said it was an oddity when the teams were announced. Looks like it could cost us.

    Since that seemingly enforced change we’ve looked terribly disjointed.

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  • Australian Pie

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #108

    Past 15 has been poor rest of the match we were matching it with a top 6 side. They are tiring late in the game.

    All the talk about Bruce having done poorly is absolute nonsense. Tired of delusional fans

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  • bill

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #109

    Clueless, that’s all I can say.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #110

    Arsenal are poor as well we will never get a better opportunity to get points off the top 6 this season!

    We haven’t laid a glove on them at all and don’t seem to be able to string any decent attacks together very very poor

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #111

    Ref taking out Schar ffs.

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  • toon22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #112

    Yes Jane

    As before i had now to say,we have played shocking all game
    Lets see what the traitor can do with the players Jabba dragged in

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  • Goofy

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #113

    JD Dubai
    Was it? The players on the park have obviously been doing something right or they wouldn’t be on the park!! Negativity mate

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #114

    ASM busting a gut to get back there.

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  • bill

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #115

    Relegation bekons

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #116

    Manquillo awful. This has been abysmal.

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  • toon22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #117

    Dreadful

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  • Australian Pie

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #118

    Hahaha goldfish fans on this blog as usual

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #119

    We played well and probably shaded the first-half and until that sub Toon22. That was consensus at HT.

    You’re talking shite.

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #120

    Is this a pre season game? Just asking as both fans and team seem lethargic. I guess its been a long season and they are tired

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