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Who Did Our Readers Select As The Best Player At Arsenal?

Despite a difficult draw at the defending FA Cup holders Arsenal, Newcastle put in a very good performance on Saturday. The lads worked hard, kept Arsenal in check, and created a few excellent chances. Then extra time came around, and Newcastle just couldn’t hold on.

The Gunners found a second gear that Newcastle couldn’t match in extra time. The end result was a disappointing but far from condemnable 2-0 early exit from the FA Cup. However, there were plenty of positives to take from the performance.

Despite being completely anemic in front of goal in the first 45 minutes, Newcastle had the better chances in the second half. There was also a genuine commitment to playing higher up the pitch while defensively the lads really frustrated Arsenal.

This match will most likely be remembered as the debut of Elliot Anderson, who came on with 10 minutes left in normal time. He is a very promising youngster who didn’t look out of place at all in a very tense setting.

Last year’s Player of the Season, Martin Dubravka, also made his first appearance of the campaign. Dubravka was in fine form making some excellent saves. It really is a toss-up as to who is the number one keeper at the moment though Darlow deserves to keep his place.

However, there was one Magpie who stood out at both ends of the pitch. You can hardly mistake him as he stands 6’5″ with a ponytail. Andy Carrol was immense yesterday. While a striker is paid to score goals, Andy did everything but at the Emirates.

Carroll played with a possessed passion at both ends of the pitch but ultimately just couldn’t convert any of his chances. He’ll be as disappointed as anybody with the missed opportunities. However, his performance embodied what we expect from this squad.

Andy has easily topped our poll as the best player in the defeat at Arsenal. In the midst of a frustrating season, he reminded us that he still has a role to play for his hometown club.

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89 comments so far

  • TheTinman

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Carroll played much higher up the pitch than he has done since resigning, where he has often been dropping deep trying to link the play. He looked far better. I’d give him a try together with Callum but it has to be a 442 so would likely be too attacking for Brucey.

    The stories coming out today seem to indicate Gayles lack of playing time. Obviously, like Schar, he is off in the summer on a free for a nice pay day.

  • Not another deJong

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #2

    It seems to me the answer is to convert Joelinton into the midfielder we all want.

  • SiOliver

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Not another – hopefully for a different team

  • WLtoon

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #4

    I think we are lucky to have 3 really good GKs, nearly every game either Darlow or Dubs have been voted Motm because of their outstanding displays which have earned us points or kept the -GD down.
    Young Woodman is having a great season at Swansea and his sterling displays could help the Swans to promotion for his efforts in front of goal.
    Thank god we DO have real quality between the posts or we would be relegated without question.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Jail as OLG said, address me by proper moniker. Then I won’t call you shortie. Now, I’ve posted the rafa quote about Muto in the past. It showed he had been tracked and welcomed. He was a poor signing. Acknowledge and then realise that it’s OK to criticise this purchase, and ur man love.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Darling Murphy was an atrocious signing but you thought he done very well???
    Mats Sels, Belgian number three didn’t settle and got our money back.

    Grant Hanley, provided cover and competition to Clark and Lascelles. Got our money back then he captained Norwich to the title.

    Jesus Gamez. Free, provided vast experience to a young back line injuries prevented him from playing more, again Free.

    Joselu, £5M

    Islam slimani, loan on deadline day after Churnley pi$$ farted around for a month.

    Ki, Free.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #7

    I said you’d provided quotes, what are you disagreeing with, you shouldn’t blog while boozing you can’t handle it.

  • WLtoon

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #8

    The thing that really riles me is our lack of a good box to box CM like Ali for example, he is not in Jose`s plans it seems, so he would be on my list as a must.
    Trouble is though, even if he did join in the summer which he wouldn`t, there is a good chance he would be stifled by the dinosaur like a few others have been.
    Honestly. it`s not funny any more.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #9

    We can only thank our lucky stars Wilson is a Coventry fan and they don’t like Villa. I doubt very much he came on the strength of the vision Bruce outlined to him.

  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Things are seemingly at an all time low, given the despondency on here tonight, just shows what “Bruce ball” has done to our already limited expectations.
    I’m reminded of Sir Captain Tom and his now famous “Tomorrow will be a better day” quote.
    I’m adopting that now for all of us NUFC fans everywhere. Despite the shite football, shite coach, shite owner and shite management, “Tomorrow WILL be a better day”!!
    Chin up guys 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Daryl Murphy must have really got up Ashley’s nose, he must have been seething as he had to agree to all these demands, “why buy a thirty odd year old striker when I’ve just shelled out £10M for Gayle” he must have slapped Churnley round that office something rotten.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Dele Allí isn’t box to box though. He’s an attacking mid who in the opinion of Mourinho doesn’t create enough, score enough, nor do enough in the defensive press for a side with title aspirations.

    We could do with anyone of the ilk of Liverpool’s central midfielders, Henderson, Widjnaldum, Milner or Thiago. They are more the type of robust player we need.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #13

    I think everyone is bracing themselves for Tuesday night. Sheff U are actually bookies favourite 😮

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #14

    I wonder with a proper manager a player like that Van De Beek could have been persuaded to sign.

  • Legolas

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Come on Jail,
    You asked me who those terrible signings where to my post that Rafa had signed some poor players.

    Wether they went on to be great players or not is completely irrelevant. For us/Newcastle they were poor signings that Rafa over seen.

    PS Daryl Murphy scored some important goals for us in our promotion season, have a look.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #16

    So it’s good to see at last that Munster definitely agrees that on percentages Rafa Benitez was a fantastic manager appointment and we would have still been in the championship today without him. That’s that settled at last 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Jan 10, 2021 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #17

    And I’ve double stamped it no erasees and as everyone knows….

    ..you can’t triple stamp a double stamp. You can’t.


  • Munster Mag

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail, no booze, zoom call early. Just because you’re clutching at straws and you’re incorrect doesn’t mean you have to accuse me of being under the influence . Try this 5 times…. “it’s possible to admit rafa is wrong, without crediting Ashley”

    Bit of balance will help you. Fair and balanced, remember? 🙂

  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #19


    Jail, got to agree, I’m terrified for Tuesday night, I hope to hell he picks a strong team and they play out of their skins and win 0-3, then I wake up!! 😉

  • lochinvar

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #21

    We could do with anyone of the ilk of Liverpool’s central midfielders, Henderson, Widjnaldum, Milner or Thiago. They are more the type of robust player we need

    Ones a mackem, two of them were ours and we sold them.
    That leaves Thiago – any good?

  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Lesh from much earlier thank you, and Tsunki, you’re a cheeky bugger but I thought it was funny “into the 50’s” I genuinely laughed out loud when I saw it.

    Now, time to get Jail and Munster to agree about something- any ideas? 🙂

  • NY Mag

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #23


    They’ll agree that they don’t like each other 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Interesting that Bruce’s lowest win rates are when he managed established pl clubs. The mackems and us.

  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #25

    NY, yeah that might work, it has to be something that totally avoids any mention of our previous manager, we need one of those “Men in Black” mind wipes, so they can start again! 😉

  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Anyway, I’ve been in and out all day today, so it feels like time for bed.

    Be good all of you on the night shift and take care of each other. See you tomorrow.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Loch, a player of their ilk or type, is all I’m saying. None of them specifically would come of course, nor would we go after any one of them, other than possibly Milner, who you wouldn’t take because of his age and wages anyway, and yeah they are all good. Thiago arguably the best of them.

    We complain about our side’s performances, quite rightly, we’re awful on the eye, but just compare our squad to Liverpool’s and compare the managers. Jesus, compare every aspect of each club.

    Interestingly of course the support and ground are comparable, so why such a monumental gulf? The ownership.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #28

    If we don’t win on Tuesday, Bruce has to be sacked.

  • Not another deJong

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Championship manager
    6 player contracts closing
    End of days

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #30

    I’d be very happy to see Bruce replaced with better, right now.

    What odds on that happening though?

    Realistically I see us bringing in a couple loans, if we are lucky.

  • captainmarvel

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Joelinton is not a footballer perhaps he could be converted into a bus driver?
    Whoever is responsible for scouting him needs glasses..
    Wherever you decide to play him he will fall over his own feet like he did too often last night…We need players worthy of wearing the shirt not hapless substitutes..

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 10, 2021 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Nagelsman loved Joel. Spurs under Pochettino and Sir Les were keen, but baulked at the asking price, so saying he might better be converted into a bus driver might be a bit on the harsh side Marv. 🙂

    I’d be interesting to see how he’d perform were we managed by either Nagelsman or Potchettino and had a competitive engine room to feed him. I’d wager a fair bit better.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2021 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #33


    You’re saying that we lose mobility and athleticism if we play AC instead of Joel, did you watch the Arsenal game?

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jan 11, 2021 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #34

    It’s proven that if big Andy starts JoeLinton can’t, think that’s a given now.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 11, 2021 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #35

    Bill, Joel is way more mobile than Andy. Andy did well v Arsenal, Joel had a poor game, but in terms of athleticism and mobility, no comparison, week in, week out.

    You might get your wish. Steve Bruce might start pairing Andy with Wison, or Gayle with Wilson, and drop Joel, but don’t expect us to start playing any better and picking up more points.

  • Sav

    Jan 11, 2021 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #36

    Tierney showed just what we are lacking from all our fullbacks. What could Wilson or Carroll make from crosses like that? Willems is the closest weve had recently. Get him again, Charnley.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2021 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #37


    We’re going to have to agree to disagree there, Joel isn’t half the player AC is imo. Let’s see how the next few games go!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 11, 2021 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #38

    Bedtime, G’dNight to any lurkers.

  • Big Archie

    Jan 11, 2021 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #39

    Carroll without a doubt.

    Of course he missed a couple of chances, what do you expect when he doesn’t get game time?

    Get him in alongside Wilson and we’ll see sparks fly.

    Carroll probably had more decent attempts on goal than the team have in any other match.

    The last couple of appearances the big lad has shown a passion that has been missing for a long time.

  • NY Mag

    Jan 11, 2021 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #40

    Goodnight bill,

    I was lurking, but it seemed a bit ‘doom and gloom’ tonight. So I didn’t really want to get involved (not from you of course)


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