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Newcastle Offer Little As Arsenal Cruise To 2-0 Win At St. James’ Park



Arsenal have cruised to a 2-0 win at St. James’ Park. Newcastle were marginally better in the second have but offered little threat upfront in a comfortable win for the Gunners.

Steve Bruce made no changes after a poor first half had Newcastle down 1-0. Newcastle were a bit brighter to start the second half trying to get Wilson and Saint-Maximin on the ball but questionable foul calls hindered some potential opportunities.

Fifteen minutes into the second half and Newcastle were still unable to create any clear-cut chances. The lads were better than the first half and limiting Arsenal but just unable to mount much of a threat.

Arsenal were able to double their lead in the 65th minute through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The ball was laid off to Martinelli just inside the area down Newcastle’s right. He whipped in a cross that Aubameyang put away with an acrobatic finish from about five yards out.

Bruce made his first changes in the 71st minute bringing Fabian Schar on for Fernandez for his first appearance since February. Joelinton also came on for Almiron as Bruce transitioned to three strikers on the pitch.

Just like after the first goal, Newcastle failed to put in much of a reaction as they seemed a bit deflated. Arsenal continued to cruise while Newcastle struggled to mount a comeback. Bruce threw one last roll of the dice bringing Dwight Gayle on for Ciaran Clark in the 84th minute.

Newcastle pushed late to try and get back into the game. However, the second goal killed any chance of a result as the quality was just lacking in the final third for the Magpies.

Fabian Schar’s return was short-lived as he received a straight red in the 90th minute. It was a rash challenge through the back of Martinelli but looked like a harsh decision by Mike Dean.

Newcastle still hold a 9-point edge over Fulham with just four matches remaining but this was another drop in performance. It’s an opportunity lost as Newcastle were never at the races today.

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152 comments so far

  • OliveRoll

    May 2, 2021 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #41

    This match has shown why SB must not be our manager next season.
    Man utd fans protest on pitch, god help them.if they had to endure MA for the last 14 years.

    Neville saying Glaziers must sell, makes my piss boil because if it were us they’d already be mentioning a points deduction and delusional geordies.

    Remember SB is a fantastic manager & Ashley is our saviour. Would love to see any of the top 8 clubs appoint SB it would never happen as there would be outrage, great for us though.

    I dont think we realise but we are an exeptant bunch and continue to tow the line while being royally shafted from every angle.

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  • jimiley

    May 2, 2021 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #42

    Tudor
    After 14 years you reckon its time for action? Maybe its a bit late?

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  • gillmag

    May 2, 2021 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #43

    Absolute embarrassment from these players today.
    They are being paid wages most people can only ever dream of but they cant be arsed…
    They think they’ve done enough to get more mega wages next season but its not over yet.

    As I thought it also turned into the Mike Dean show yet again.
    Truly awful referee. Should not be given game time unless its in the Mackems league where he would maybe be good enough.

    Total joke and another two hours of my life I’ll never get back.

    1
  • West Lancs Geordie

    May 2, 2021 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #44

    But agree LCBP that Matty and Anderson need to be given a decent chance to play. I agree with comments made today that there are players out there not 100% match fit and it shows . Callum Wilson is a prime example . Why have we given new contracts to Gayle and Carroll when the Clueless Dinosaur never gives them a chance.?
    It no takeover prepare for more of the same sadly. Mash is going say I’ll give it another go next season, take the club off the market and line my pockets for yet another season.

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  • mctoon

    May 2, 2021 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #45

    Maybe we should demonstrate against our parasitic owner again, seems protests are now viewed as non ‘delusional’ ???

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    May 2, 2021 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #46

    No Willock = No Midfield

    Sell Shelvey immediately to WHU

    Beg MU to take Longstaff for 50m

    4
  • John Tudor

    May 2, 2021 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #47

    12 years ago I stopped going maybe it’s time to do what mufc are doing

    4
  • Reilly

    May 2, 2021 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #48

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2011/nov/30/steve-bruce-sunderland-sacked

    This article is over 10 years old.
    It could of been written today.

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  • WLtoon

    May 2, 2021 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #49

    WLG

    Make no mistake about it, there will still be fans clamouring for tickets next season whether the Oaf is still here or not, they just can`t help themselves.
    You see, you have to support the team , not the regime.

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  • Zorro

    May 2, 2021 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #50

    That had nothing to do with mike Dean
    When you get down to nitty gritty we are a poor team with a Muppet manager and an even worse owner
    Nufc only chance of staying up is to beat sheffield united
    That will end fulham and west broms hopes of catching us
    When the season ends cabbage head should be sacked if not when fans are allowed back in the atmosphere will be toxic and he will have to go so save all that by sacking him asap along with all his staff
    The takeover nobody knows end of
    As for the man u fans they caused no trouble and have a right to protest it just goes to show how inept nufc fans have been where fat ash is concerned
    Gary Neville may not be everyone’s cup of tea
    He failed in Spain so what
    He knows what he’s talking about and is passionate and supports the fans views
    As for souness what a tosser
    BRUCELESS OUT

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  • onmeedsun

    May 2, 2021 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #51

    The players will either know they were on the beach thinking the hard work has been done, or they will now know beyond all doubt that they can’t trust Bruce to set them up to have a chance of competing in games. Happened too many times. But if Ashley still there, who the hell will take on that job.

    1
  • wynsleap

    May 2, 2021 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #52

    Your headline says ‘Newcastle offer little..’ I beg to differ.
    Newcastle offered NOTHING in this game. It was a disgraceful performance and an embarrassment from first whistle to the last.
    Arsenal must have thought all their birthdays had come at once. No opposition. No pressing. No incoming tackles. No creativity. No-one running at them.
    We looked like a team who thought effort wasn’t needed as we were already safe.
    And yet we still have commentators telling us that Bruce has done a good job and doesn’t deserve the criticism he’s been getting from the fans. IF we escape relegation this year it will be a miracle and we should let Ashley know what we think of his club by staying away in TOTAL next season.
    This garbage and useless manager can not be allowed to continue.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    May 2, 2021 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #53

    Steve Bruce had so much luck last month winning Manager of the Month , he should have done the National Lottery. With his luck he would have probably won it. However what a way to prove his plaudits wrong by dishing upon such an abysmal performance as that today.
    I think if it should go to the last match of the season against Fulham I fear we won’t stay up.

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  • WLtoon

    May 2, 2021 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #54

    Well it was total shite, but it wasn`t two hours of my life wasted, what else would i be doing other than watch shite tv or mow the lawn.

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  • Not another deJong

    May 2, 2021 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #55

    COMMENT by :evilaundria

    Congratulations to Mike Dean for extending his red card lead. He’s surely got the title locked up. He’s on 8 now. That’s twice as many as his nearest competitors (Bankes and Scott each are on 4)

    Deano is closing in on his season record of 10 set back in the halcyon days of 2018-19. Will he set his new personal best? He’s got 4 gameweeks to do it. Suspense!

    4
  • West Lancs Geordie

    May 2, 2021 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #56

    WLToon – I hear what you are saying but by turning up you ARE supporting the regime for more of the same as he will only invest enough to try and stay in the Premiership and as such will NEVER attract a decent management team. What was Clueless about 15th choice. Nobody else wanted the job. Nobody decent wants to work for or with Mash. FACT !
    Accept it the good times will never return with him at the helm.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2021 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #57

    U23s got a good draw with AV, Wilson getting the equaliser, sounds as though Atsu had a good game.

    1
  • Carson80

    May 2, 2021 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #58

    Not voting for mom because there wasn’t one. Can’t believe I thought we could win 3-0 today, in future I will keep my gut feelings to myself and pass them off as trapped wind. Knew we were in trouble when we were late out at the very start of the game and Bruce came out rubbing his snots all round his mouth. Hang your head in shame Bruce for today’s performance and allowing your players to think we are safe. Please get out of our club.

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  • onmeedsun

    May 2, 2021 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #59

    How can Manure fans be unhappy with their owners. Yes they have debt but look at their squad and what they spend. 2nd in league and winning trophies.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2021 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #60

    Team

    Newcastle United Under-23s: Jake Turner, Ryan Barrett (Owen Bailey 46), Oisín McEntee, Brad Cross, Matt Bondswell, Niall Brookwell, Jack Young (c), Stan Flaherty (Rodrigo Vilca 69), Tom Allan, Christian Atsu, Adam Wilson (Rosaire Longelo 78).

    Subs not used: Oliver Walters, Piotr Banda.

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  • cleveleysbob

    May 2, 2021 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #61

    I’m back to my post Brighton Mr Angry mode after a few weeks of being quite jolly and comfortable about our position and dare I say it performances, the same old crap comes back to haunt us.

    I’m on the Gin now, so might do a Toon 22 later. 😆

    Bye for now.

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  • The Ledge

    May 2, 2021 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #62

    What a load of crap that game was absolutely useless.
    I wonder will the Brucie boy brigade be dishing out credit to Brucie this week the delusional ones.

    5
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2021 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #63

    omeedsun

    Aye they are a real deluded lot! 🙂

    1
  • WLtoon

    May 2, 2021 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #64

    wynsleap,

    Your request for fans staying away next season will fall on deaf ears, they need their match day fix even if they are getting their eyes ripped out .
    They know they are getting screwed over but still buy a ticket.
    It`s like the saying goes though, you gotta be in it to win it, so buy a ticket.
    WIN WHAT?

    4
  • theartfuldodger

    May 2, 2021 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #65

    If Fulham beat Burnley and Southampton…and we dont bear Shieffeld…It goes down to the last day…Well basically anything could happen…

    1
  • The mighty wyn

    May 2, 2021 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #66

    At least Keane and souness are giving the players a good going over. But bruce saying he cant fault the endeavour

    2
  • The Ledge

    May 2, 2021 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #67

    Fair play to the Manure fans
    (As sickened as I am saying that) they are taking the fight to the Glazers none of this support the team, not the regime bull crap.

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  • mctoon

    May 2, 2021 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #68

    Bruce calling the pre game 9th placed teams reserves, a big team. We must be fkn miniscule in his eyes. Just f’off.

    5
  • cleveleysbob

    May 2, 2021 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #69

    Before I go, I need to get this in. – Arsenal had 2 on loan players on the pitch from “Real Madrid” ffs. We get one of theirs, (who can’t play this match) – they get 2 from Real!! Who can!! Does that sound fair?? – I’m sure it’s OK by the rules, but bloody hell, as if we haven’t got enough problems having Ashley/Bruce &Co to deal with. 👿

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  • Reilly

    May 2, 2021 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #70

    WTF.He thinks we are a small club,he constantly down grades us.
    We are fked if there is no takeover.

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  • Nufc 4ever

    May 2, 2021 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #71

    Jimnotsmiley

    Where have you been recently that’s right we had some good results. You only come on when we get beat.
    You want to get your facts right it was Phil Neville on Gillespie not Gary

    5
  • Reilly

    May 2, 2021 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #72

    If Rafa had of given that post match interview he would of been hung drawn and quarted by a few on here.

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  • SholaShow

    May 2, 2021 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #73

    I wish Shearer was to Ashley what Neville is to the Glazers right now, but even though he’s been personally slighted unlike Neville, all he ever does is give the occasional soft comment on MOTD and writes columns.

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  • Great White Hunter

    May 2, 2021 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #74

    The game today, if we can call it a game ! Flip flops on….your joking our lot could,nt put them on the right feet ! Against Arsenal reserves we were awful, every player imo, no heart, no desire no feeling for us fans or their pride. Cabbage head had no plan whatsoever to play against a passing side, we cannot even pass to each other. Midfield , a joke, Wilson, ASM could still be running around now waiting for the ball ! This relegation is still not over, Brighton, Burnley are streets ahead of us….god help us

    5
  • Uri Geller

    May 2, 2021 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #75

    Pitch invasion at Old Trafford today.

    I would have loved one at St James Park.

    In the first place only by 11 skilled and motivated professionals with a plan of attack.

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  • Uri Geller

    May 2, 2021 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #76

    You can tel by my profile pic. I’m not feeling myself. I feel a change coming on :0)

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  • jane

    May 2, 2021 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #77

    “If Fulham beat Burnley and Southampton”

    Burnley won’t want that to happen either.

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  • north east lincs toon

    May 2, 2021 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #78

    That horrendous tackle by Schar basically states I have had enough of this toxic run club am gone ,unfortunately he’s our best defender

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  • ToonTime

    May 2, 2021 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #79

    Arsenal’s ‘reserves’ were valued at £250 million to our £120 million. They’re in a different league to us whether we like it or not. You always have to play your best to beat the Big Six and today we were nowhere near. Still no need for the meltdown on here.

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  • WLtoon

    May 2, 2021 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #80

    WLG,@56

    You havne`t heard what i am saying, or you have misunderstood my post.
    I will not entertain Ashley OR his tat for the very reasons you mention, my point in my first post to you was that there are fans who don`t give a damn how the club is run as long as they get their match day fix.
    A total boycott will never happen up here because fans are divided too much.
    I totally agree with a total boycott, been saying it for months, but it`s a none starter imo

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