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Arsenal Dominate The Magpies And Lead 1-0 At Halftime



It was a dominant first-half display from Arsenal at St. James’ Park. Newcastle came out flat and passive as the visitors took immediate control from the opening whistle.

Newcastle were set up once again in a 5-3-2 with the only change from last weekend being Callum Wilson in for Joelinton. The lads started the match sitting back with both wing-backs playing very deep and inviting pressure from the visitors.

Arsenal punished Newcastle in the 5th minute with a goal from Mohamed Elneny. Hector Bellerin was cleared down the right and whipped in a cross from the byline. Newcastle couldn’t clear the ball as it landed to Elneny just outside the area. The Egyptian’s shot got past Dubravka to give the early lead to the Gunners.

Fifteen minutes in and Newcastle still failed to react to going down. Arsenal were pulling the strings with Newcastle managing only a couple of jaunts into the opposition’s end.

Our first effort on target came in the 18th minute through Allan Saint-Maximin. The Frenchman drifted inside and took a shot which was deflected and forced Mathew Ryan into a diving save.

Martin Dubravka was called into action in the 28th minute to make his first big save of the match. The Gunners recycled possession in the Newcastle end with the ball ending up to Granit Xhaka. The stand-in left-back blasted a shot from just outside the area that Dubravka was able to make a diving save on. On the subsequent corner, Almiron cleared an Elneny header off the line.

Newcastle are fortunate to be down by just one goal as the Gunners have dominated all aspects of this match. We’ve been outshot 12 to 2 with Arsenal having the bulk of possession. The lads will have to improve significantly to get anything out of this one.


229 comments so far

  • Optimistic prime

    May 2, 2021 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Take Clark off, bring Anderson on

    Go 4231

    Longstaff Shelvey
    Anderson Asm Almiron
    Wilson

    As someone pointed out, 3cbs against 1 striker, no wonder we can’t get out.

    5
  • Tonyd3b54

    May 2, 2021 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Really annoyed at that half. No one except miggy, wilson and ASM getting forward and classic brucie stand off defense. Best point was when we pressed for 10 mins and annoyingly that was when the protest happened so could barely see it.

    Also think this ref is playing into arsenals hands. They get to hammer at ASM at will but when miggy barely nicks someone it’s a yellow.

    5
  • boss hoggs atm

    May 2, 2021 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #3

    What a lifting half of non football from us, Shelvey without doubt the laziest footballer I’ve ever seen.

    7
  • Optimistic prime

    May 2, 2021 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Sorry, take Ritchie off, put Dummet LB.

    Bring Anderson on.

    4231.

    1
  • davetoon

    May 2, 2021 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #5

    The good news is we can’t play any worse in second half. Don’t understand why we sit back so far. Should be more pressure up the field

    1
  • Romford mag

    May 2, 2021 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Jesus manure fan’s going for it 😳

    3
  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 2, 2021 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Another low shot that Dubs hasn’t and should have, saved.

    9
  • Optimistic prime

    May 2, 2021 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #8

    The formation is the main problem, its a ridiculous way to set up against Arsenal.

    It’s completely infective, we’re passengers in the game.

    2
  • Optimistic prime

    May 2, 2021 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Bills

    I’m not convinced he’s been better than Darlow.

    2
  • RToon

    May 2, 2021 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Again our lack of tactics is playing against us.

    Go to a back 4 and bring on joe.

    0
  • Adamn_92

    May 2, 2021 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Usual tactic of look for asm when attacking, if he’s free then give it to him and hope he can do something. If he isn’t free, go backwards or hoof it long. Our build up play is non-existent. If a team marks asm out of the game then we have nothing. Need a change of ideas, this formation isn’t working today and we need to hold onto the ball when we get it for longer than 10 seconds. It’s ok to build an attack slowly sometimes, don’t need to try and get it to their box as quickly as we can.

    1
  • Zele

    May 2, 2021 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #12

    We are losing it in midfield.

    Our strikers are being starved of the ball.

    Arsenal are controlling the game.

    Take Almiron off and put Anderson or Longstaff on to beef up our midfield.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2021 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Get AC on give them someone to rough em up a bit.

    ASM needs to get a few runs at Xhaka there’s another definite yellow in him.

    4
  • onmeedsun

    May 2, 2021 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Look on the bright side. If Bruce does lose his last 5 games and take us down, there would really be no hiding place for him or excuses. It would be his finest failure and a fitting way to sign off on his stellar mgt career!

    4
  • AnyToon in Indiana

    May 2, 2021 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #15

    I might bring Joelinton on but for Longstaff and Anderson for Shelvey and the formation needs to change…push Wilson as lone man up top…Anderson and ASM out wide with Joe and Miggy supporting Wilson and pushing more forward as at least they hustle to cover on defense.

    0
  • Optimistic prime

    May 2, 2021 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #16

    If there was anyone on our wings, Xhaka would have seen red by now.

    0
  • Romford mag

    May 2, 2021 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #17

    EGB

    Yeah , can’t care why they haven’t gone at Xhaka ?
    He’s definitely a red card waiting to happen !

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 2, 2021 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #18

    We’ll be better in 2nd half.

    1
  • WLtoon

    May 2, 2021 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Nobody busting a gut to help Wilson, he has 3 men on him every time, Miggy playing too far back, probably to help the pedestrian Uncle Fester out
    My prediction is up in smoke if it doesn`t change 2nd half

    1
  • magscar

    May 2, 2021 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #20

    davetoon

    we can’t play any worse – maybe not but can we play better?

    Too many players off their game and on seeing replay of goal ( nmissed first 10 minutes) both CM didn’t pick up but Lobby turns away from shot!

    0
  • Romford mag

    May 2, 2021 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Care ?

    0
  • AnyToon in Indiana

    May 2, 2021 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Yeah….here in the US NBCSports interrupted the match for about 10-15 with a split screen of the ManU protest…was much more entertaining and also with guts and heart.

    4
  • Ron Knee

    May 2, 2021 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #23

    “Couldn’t get much worse…”

    2
  • Optimistic prime

    May 2, 2021 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #24

    I still fancy us for a point.

    0
  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 2, 2021 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Longstaff is just a waste of a shirt currently, runs around but hardly ever gets a tackle or block in, easily dispossessed and does nowt positive on the rare occasions when he has possession.

    We need to get him off, get ASM and Almiron out wide, get Jo in the 10 position and move Ritchie into CM.

    5
  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2021 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #26

    I know sitting in 17th we should be used to this total domination by the opposition but playing at home against a team ”resting” players is still a hard watch.

    As the commentator said Xhaka on a yellow and we’ve only had one run at him.

    3
  • Mister Tuff

    May 2, 2021 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #27

    crap play. back to reality.

    1
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 2, 2021 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Its games like this where Bruce displays his lack of ability as a top coach

    Xhaka is out of position we should be putting him under constant pressure with ASM and Murphy hardly did it all game so dumb do your research on the weakness

    Longstaff and Shelvey outnumbered and outpaced who knows where Almiron is meant to be playing well its not effective and hasn’t been for weeks hes essentially playing as a defensive midfielder

    We are so lucky that Fulham and West Brom are poor we should really be relegated

    2
  • TomaKaThor

    May 2, 2021 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Get Almiron off before he’s sent off, and go to 4 at the back

    0
  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 2, 2021 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #30

    OP

    I fancy us for two if Bruce follows my instructions 🙂

    1
  • Zele

    May 2, 2021 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Those ManU fans should be arrested as they are not social distancing.

    0
  • Optimistic prime

    May 2, 2021 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #32

    Wheres Jones?

    Thought he had some idea.

    Even Pardew could work out what’s wrong here.

    0
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 2, 2021 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #33

    So is this Bonna’s setup or Bruce’s setup?

    0
  • cyprus

    May 2, 2021 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #34

    So, as per usual, we give the opposition an early advantage.

    Dubravka should save those if he’s to be our greatest keeper ever, as chronicle suggests.

    We can give them no more than a four goal advantage if we’re to get anything out of this.

    3
  • jon.c

    May 2, 2021 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #35

    S hould you wish to slim just support newcastle utd

    0
  • Optimistic prime

    May 2, 2021 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Bills

    How’d you get 2 😉

    0
  • Rotonda heights

    May 2, 2021 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #37

    I hate how long dubs or darlow hang on to the ball with nobody wanting to receive and nobody supporting the man with the ball

    2
  • Pottsclock

    May 2, 2021 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Hard though it is to say, Joe has to come on for Miggy before we’re down to 10 men. Arsenal are falling over with the slightest touch

    1
  • coming home

    May 2, 2021 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Onmeeedsun

    Fulham have only won 5 games all season and you think there capable of winning 3 of next 5 ?

    They haven’t become a top side all of the sudden they are gone mate caput

    2
  • jane

    May 2, 2021 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #40

    fans entering Old Trafford reminded me of Trump’s supporters walking into the Capitol building.

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