Alan Shearer in his Sunday column for the Sun reflected on Newcaste’s defeat against Arsenal yesterday.
Alan thought yesterday’s performance was a poor one. He bemoaned the lack of chances as the team only had two efforts on target.
He was, however, impressed with the defensive contribution in the first half as Arsenal were only able to muster a couple of scoring chances.
Alan Shearer– wants to see more from Almiron and Joelinton
Shearer did not think the partnership of Joelinton or Almiron linked up well at all. He thought Almiron was forced to drop too deep and that they only had a couple of touches that led to anything threatening.
This is what Shearer wrote about the two strikers:
But, especially in the first half, he and Miguel Almiron played too far apart from each other and weren’t effective.
They had one or two neat touches and Joelinton was unlucky with an effort in the first half.
The Brazilian didn’t really have that partnership with Almiron you need — the Paraguayan was being forced to drop deeper than he wanted to because of Arsenal’s midfield five.
Alan also added that Joelinton was not offered much in the quality of delivery into the box therefore greatly limiting his impact on the game.
We don’t think the performance was poor by any means. There were a lot of positives to take from yesterday. One of which is that we can point to exactly what went wrong.
Newcastle started the game on the front foot and were dominant in the first twenty minutes. Arsenal came back and slightly edged the rest of the first half. That half ended a bit flat with both teams losing possession far too needlessly.
The second half started very similarly to how the first one ended with too many wayward passes from both sides. It was the introduction of Jetro Willems that would lead to Newcastle’s downfall.
After his introduction, it seemed like the team lacked any shape as Willems was unsure of where to play when first coming on. Matt Ritchie was then thrust into midfield and even Sean Longstaff was visibly confused as to what was going on as Isaac Hayden barked instructions to him.
Then a Paul Dummett pass out to the left-wing was intercepted by Ainsley Maitland-Niles whose cross Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang clinically put away.
That pass by Dummett was in retrospect not too dangerous but Willems just stood there and Maitland-Niles pounced. On the subsequent cross, Lascelles drifted inside and left Aubameyang unmarked as he came into the box.
After this, Newcastle were bereft of any ideas and it seemed like they had no plan. This is what cost them the game. The goal was a very poor one to concede but the fact that they offered no mounting charge to close the game is the most disappointing.
One mistake is often the difference between a decent result and a defeat. This team has a lot of work to do for sure. There is talent in this squad and they just need more repetitions together in training to make everything come together.
At least that is the “glass half full” way of looking at yesterday. There is an alternative view but we’re still going to hold out hope that Steve Bruce can get the best out of these players.