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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

  • toon22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #121

    At least it was on target

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  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #122

    we need to start max from the start, we Need all 3 up, but doubt we will

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  • bill

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #123

    Arsenal bringing on the kids it’s so easy for them.

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  • Goofy

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #124

    Our team is just as well playing away, very subdued crowd probably down to the bu11sh1t that’s going on,.

    Cmon toon give us a goal!!

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  • sing in the corner

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #125

    Silence is golden.

    And embarrassing..

    1
  • dougie

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #126

    I like the look of Max,pity we don’t spend our money every season instead of only when the slug needs a bit of good PR,we could have had a good squad.Arsenal are nothing special but we’ve created jack shit.Relegation fodder this team,you get what you pay for,look at the traitor on the touchline,fcucking embarrassing.

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  • toon22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #127

    Hail

    We havent got close to them all game, the rain hasnt helped but over all we have been dreadful

    6
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #128

    Absolutely ridiculous to have no CM on the bench then take two CMs off.

    10
  • JDdubai

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #129

    WTF is wrong with Schar???????????

    1/10 today, just kicking it away from 40 yards.

    1
  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #130

    Schars passing is getting past a joke bad

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #131

    Schär has been absolutely terrible today! Worst player on the pitch by a mile. On a positive note Joelinton has made things happen, holding the ball well.

    1
  • Australian Pie

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #132

    toon22 we had the far better chances in the first half, you missed have missed it posting rubbish instead

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  • Reilly

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #133

    What formation are we playing?

    4
  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #134

    5 mins left and instead of launching an attack we pass back to keeper

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  • toon22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #135

    Shot from Schar ?

    0
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #136

    Don’t understand how we have 3 tall centre halfs and we can’t put a single cross for them to attack

    1
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #137

    Toon22

    Then you forget the 1st half.

    Schar has been terrible all match. Him, Longstaff 1st half, Willems and Dubravka – dodgy command of his box – have been poor.

    Hyaden MOTM at the moment. Put in so many good tackles.

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #138

    Asm not as quick as advertised. Can we get our money back

    2
  • pitch invasions@SJP

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #139

    This is a poor Arsenal starting 11 and some of you are happy with this so far? Says it all really!

    Our team is like Obertan. Some good features but that is ruined by the lack of balance and end product.

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  • Goofy

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #140

    Why would any player want to sign for us, first game of the season and the majority are slagging their own players, wake the f’ck up!!
    Far too quick to insult, it definitely is a negative unfororging place when the chips are down

    2
  • Blofal

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #141

    I know it’s pissing with rain – but none of our players could hit a barn door with a pass today.

    All Arsenal are doing is closing down the space and we can’t do a thing about it. We are lucky this Arsenal team is so weak or we’d be in way more trouble today. It’s going to be a long season.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #142

    Thats not a great 11 on the pitch, nor set up.. Should’ve left Ritchie at left wing back and brought on St Max for Shelvey and gone 523.

    2
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #143

    Fans probably feel held hostage to the anti-Ashley sentiment, so don’t feel comfortable getting behind the team and showing enthusiasm.

    Just one way the boycotters are in fact anti-NUFC by creating a needlessly tense feeling amongst the fanbase.

    3
  • MarkBro

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #144

    Shapeless since longstaff and shelvey went off

    7
  • toon22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #145

    HAil

    Ahh

    Its the fans fault then
    Lets blame the fans for Jabbas greed ?

    Hiya KBA

    12
  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #146

    Hope those real fans dont booh at the end

    2
  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #147

    only got ourselves to blame, not good enough and gifted a uninspiring Arsenal a goal

    4
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #148

    Disappointing bench and subs there Steve Bruce.

    1
  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #149

    Longstaff shelvey off ffs bruce go away to the lads that boycott today i take my hat off to yous to them that went to the match you call yourself groedies sorry thats the wrong name for yous its SHEEP you get what you deserve a good wetting amd beat off a shitty arsenal team.

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  • pitch invasions@SJP

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #150

    Hail Wor Ashley

    Todays heroes are the boycotters. The support at SJP today, or lack of, is just spineless.

    16
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #151

    No, it’s not “the fan’s fault” we’re losing, just the boycotters are a contributory factor to the poor atmosphere and tense feeling by creating a false, negative narrative.

    Gad to clear that up for you.

    1
  • bill

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #152

    Reilly, your guess is as good as mine. Does SB know?

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  • toon22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #153

    Hail

    Twaddle

    8
  • geordiemark

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #154

    that team has no style at all, they have given and allowed arsenal to dictate the run of play, our midfielders mide as well have stayed home, the new lads i cant blame but the other players i bloody well do blame, arsenal have played us off the park. only one out come here RELEGATED end off

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  • bill

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #155

    Absolutely pathetic

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  • toon22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #156

    The only person to blame for any of this is Jabba

    Funny how your defending him

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #157

    Schar should have reacted better there.

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  • MarkBro

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #158

    Only first game but subs were poor by bruce. Joelinton looks good.

    Bad pass lost us the game but after the subs, we were never in it

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  • toon22

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #159

    That was terrible

    6
  • Reilly

    Aug 11, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #160

    Going to be a long season

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