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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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90 comments so far

  • Unused Substitute

    Jan 11, 2021 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #41

    I have a plan for us pending takeover by sheiks. Like Marine, Ashley should sell virtual tickets £10 a game (mind, this is over and above your season ticket money), follow it up with a draw and designate the winner the headcoach for the subsequent match. That’s £39M right there. On top of that Bruce being away, there will be an automatic improvement in our performance.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 11, 2021 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #42

    The problem with Carroll in a 442 is that it isn’t sustainable. He just doesn’t have the durability to play week in week out. We also don’t have the midfield. Players like St Max, Almiron, Shelvey, Hendrick and Matty don’t suit the system, and even of those that do, there really isn’t sufficient quality there at this level. Bruce will of course have thought of it. We even saw it once early doors, but we haven’t seen it since, quite understandably. It’s pretty basic stuff anyway nowadays, and we just don’t have the players for it anyway.

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jan 11, 2021 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #43

    Players which would suit Bruces system are Cork, Drinkwater, Livermore, Wood, Ashley Barnes, Phil Jones. If you think the future is Bruce then these are the types of players he needs to turn us into a Bruce team or a Burnley. With these non flair types Bruce will have the best chance at keeping us up. However if you think the future is not Bruce these players won’t be wanted by a new attacking manager and will be very difficult if not impossible to sell on due to big contracts and they’ll sink the club over the next three years or mean we will have to stick to Dyche like bosses who can find a use for the likes of Hendrick.

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jan 11, 2021 at 4:49 AM

    Comment #44

    I see Newport took Brighton to pens, and Big Sam got knocked out by Blackpool with a full strength team. Looks like Big Sam’s dead cat bounce is over which is great news for us and great news for the premier league as Sam will finally get relegated and we’ll never have to watch his horrible teams again.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 11, 2021 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #45

    As previously suggested it it is not Joelintons fault he is here. The lad will be trying his best – but he’ll never be of PL standard – never ever – you can see he just has not got it. Moving him around the pitch will not suddenly make him a world beater.

    Get shot of him – if possible

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 11, 2021 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #46

    Funny the club make an early public comment about Maxi’s potential not following social rules in him being spotted in a supermarket a few days ago.

    But anything on the football front – it is silence.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2021 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #47

    I just don’t get how anyone can say Grant Hanley was a terrible signing. He cost £5M waited patiently in the background for when he was needed, done a job when asked and we sold him as soon as we got promoted getting all our money back.
    It was you that said Darryl Murphy was an atrocious signing before saying you thought he done well, where’s the sense in that. It’s one or the other, he was vital to the team.
    I said we all doubted the Muto signing but you found some quotes that said Rafa said they’d scouted him. Why are you arguing differently. You’ve obviously been half cut on your zoom call as well.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 11, 2021 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #49


    Haha that’s a cracker, seems a fantastic coincidence.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 11, 2021 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #50

    Not sure if it’s been mentioned before but it really struck me how diabolical our crossing was – again.
    Ritchie needs a boot up the erse for the corners he took. When you’ve got Carroll having arguably the best game of the last decade you have to put the ball within 10 yards of him and let him do the rest!

  • Not another deJong

    Jan 11, 2021 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #51

    Talking about who should play up front is like moving the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. Unfortunately there is no engine room or orchestra, just our trusted defence and we know the story.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 11, 2021 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #52

    New urban myth that Ritchie can cross a ball well. Propbably gets one right in about ten efforts.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2021 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #53

    This is why the level,of footballing debate has gone down hill on here,there aren’t enough people who know what they’re talking about. Legolas, in his list of atrocious signings says you could put Daryl Murphy on that list but he thought he done well??? When I replied Daryl Murphy was an atrocious signing but you thought he done welll???He replied he scored loads of important goals, have a look. I know he footin scored loads of important goals, I was at Brentford for one of them, so why say he was an atrocious signing but thought he done really well. How can some one do really well and be an atrocious signing at the same time.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2021 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #54

    As for Moanster, I said that he(Moanster) had found quotes saying Rafa had scouted Muto for awhile, he then went on a three post rant saying I was wrong because he’d found quotes saying that Rafa had scouted Muto for a while. YCMIU! 😮

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2021 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #55

    Can anyone remember how many points Mclaren had this time six years ago.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2021 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #56

    Five years ago, it was 2016 he was pumped.

  • Adamn_92

    Jan 11, 2021 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #57

    I think with Joelinton, the reason why Nagelsman liked him and supposedly Poch was interested, is that at Hoffenheim he looked like a strong capable runner with the ball. He’s a big lad and when he gets at his full sprint with the ball he’s hard to stop and will barge you out of the way. Sadly we’ve only seen this a handful of times when he’s played on the wing, I can only assume it’s a confidence thing and different league he’s not adapted well to. There are very few glimpses of the player he can be, it’s a shame it just hasn’t worked out. If we can move him back to Germany or somewhere, on loan or permanent, i’m sure we’d see an improved player. Maybe even with a more modern attacking coach and team, but who knows.


    I know youtube videos are never a good way to judge! But, you can see on the second half of the video, his strength carrying the ball forward down the wing. Also the way he rounds the keeper to score a few times, I can’t remember him attempting this once here and fluffs his effort. Has to be a confidence thing, his work rate and body language at Hoffenheim seems completely different too. There’s a player there, it just isn’t with us sadly and may never be.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 11, 2021 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #58

    Things you can set your clock by every day.

    Moanster obsessively rubbishing Rafa
    Moanster obsessively rubbishing Rafa
    Moanster obsessively rubbishing Rafa
    Moanster obsessively rubbishing Rafa
    Moanster obsessively rubbishing Rafa
    Moanster obsessively rubbishing Rafa
    Moanster obsessively rubbishing Rafa
    Moanster obsessively rubbishing Rafa
    Moanster obsessively rubbishing Rafa

    and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on ……

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jan 11, 2021 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #59


    players play better with good managers, its been that way forever.

    Just look at sean, looked like a PL cert for us for years to come under Rafa and has gone back so far and so quickly in the past 18 months under Bruce.

    joelinton seems to be the same way, Nagelsmann the best rated young coach in Europe called him an animal, powerful, impossible to get off the ball and good finisher. now see what we have.

    i would like to see what would happen if the takeover goes ahead and a new manager comes in. Either a Rafa or (in dream land) a Nagelsmann. just to see how Joeliton reacted.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2021 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #60

    Oh dear, we’re only two points better off than we were in GW17 the year Mclaren got pumped and he was allowed to bring in Shelvey, Townsend and Saivet, The Bruce has been told the cupboard is bare. We basically are going to have to start wrapping Wilson in cotton wool.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 11, 2021 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #61
  • Adamn_92

    Jan 11, 2021 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #62

    100% gothmog, who knows how he’d be playing under a competent manager here. You can see why Nagelsman thought that way about him when you see him play for Hoffenheim, looks a totally different player. The year as our lone striker with the number 9 shirt I think done so much damage to him. So much unnecessary pressure with the big price tag.

    Like you say, be interesting if the takeover happens and a new manager comes in, see if they can turn him into the player he was or let’s him go.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2021 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #63

    Look at Shearer, started to wane a bit under Gullit, SBR came in and told him to adjust a certain style of play and he goes and whacks five in on his home SBR debut. Joelinton must have been doing something right to play so many games in that high scoring Hoffenheim team without scoring or assisting that many, he obviously wasn’t a passenger. He came here with a massive price tag, got given Shearers number 9 shirt and was expected to lead the line in a team and system that the new manager new absolutely foot all about. If he was to be bought at all he should have been eased in gently with a sensible signing like Rondon leading the line while Joelinton got used to the PL. The best we can do with the lad is hope that Hoffenheim will have him back in January on some kind of loan deal and Dalian will let us have Rondon.

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Jan 11, 2021 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #64


    Catchin’ up and saw your poem from yesterday.

    Bravo sir, bravo!

    I take it you had to amend your original to prevent further censorship.

  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 11, 2021 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #65

    Morning all, just to add my six pen’orth, it does seem as if Joelinton had potential but not £40M worth. Since arriving that potential has been well and truly “Bruced”, so he’s now a liability, needs to be dropped for a while for the good of the team and his own (by now) fragile mentality/confidence.

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Jan 11, 2021 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #66

    It got my creative juices flowing again so:

    Geordietom’s now gone missing
    How will he come back?
    As if nothing has happened
    Or on the attack?

    His usual method
    When things become hard
    Is to return to his favourite
    The old Sympathy card

    He’ll have had some news
    All of it bad
    About a distant relative
    Or the neighbour’s old Dad

    Or his second cousin
    From Timbuktu
    Will have called him up
    With a bad dose of the flu

    Or from his best mate
    Who now needs on op
    Cos he slipped on the ice
    Outside the pie shop

    A distraction of course
    So we pity his plight
    And forget his behaviour
    And his calls for a fight

  • Adamn_92

    Jan 11, 2021 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #67


    That’s a really good comparison and just shows the massive difference a manager makes to an individual player. Like you say, there must have been something to him at Hoffenheim for him to regularly start and get linked with Poch and get praise from Nagelsman. We never should have signed him for the price we got quoted, if that is the true price we paid. Was an impossible task to live up to the clubs world record fee and live up to the number 9. I really really would love for him to go out on loan but can’t see it happening with Bruce and Ashley here. If we get taken over and have a new manager, I hope they at least give him a preseason for the new manager to decide what to do with him. I honestly do feel sorry for him, that’s not to excuse some awful performances, but I do feel for him. Even his work rate, we grill him for lack of it but is it really much worse than 90% of the squad at the moment?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #68

    The Bard,
    Yes, needed censoring and I wish I could change a line or two, nevertheless not a patch on your work so I’ll leave the poems to you from now on 😀

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #69

    No, crack on with the poems Jail.

    It was your round-up rhymes that sparked my interest.

    And poetry should be the last bastion of free speech!
    (if it gets passed the moderators)

  • Neil Harrison

    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #70

    Thank you to all who keep the comments about football or other non-controversial subjects. There are many who do and I really appreciate that you read these articles and like to contribute.

    For the ones who continue to use this blog as an arena of insults and petty disputes, you have damaged this blog, not only for myself and my family but for many fans who take time out of their day to come here.

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #71

    This was me 1958:
    It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city. It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.

    Sir Bobby Robson

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #72

    Bard @66 — very good, good laugh.

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #73

    Well said!

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #74

    Neil – keep that swamp pump revved up – still a few to suck out.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #75

    The Editor has spoken, let’s keep the blog for footballing chat which is what the place is for. There’s nothing wrong with me and Bill’s being at each other over a crap midfield, it’s called debate and what the place is for. When people start calling each other pr!cks etc is where it all falls down.

  • Mund

    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #76

    Well said Neil

    Or wild accusations Jail?!?!

    YCMIU When the worst for it tries to justify it.

    Stop calling Munster Moanster and have some respect for fellow bloggers.

    You are all supposed to be grown men act like it.

    Can’t you see posters have left because of it!!!!

    Look in the mirror for once

  • The Rev.Jim

    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #77

    Neil, it’s such a shame you’ve had to come on and lay the law down.
    It needed doing ,and at least now the guilty have no comeback if you ban them.

    Hopefully the poster’s who have left because of all the aggro,will return.

    All the best to you and your Dad

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #78

    And straight after a polite request from the editor appears Mund full of rage 🙄

  • Mund

    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #79

    Jail no rage from me or arguments

    To be clear I emailed Neil with complaints

  • The mighty wyn

    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #80

    Well said neil we should be able to have disagreement without name calling.
    Were NUFC – we should be better than that


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