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Arsenal crumble at Emirates against resilient Newcastle

A shocking error from Fabianski typifies a poor Gunners performance

By Shaun Wares

Another shocking goalkeeping error from Lukasz ‘Flappyhandski’ Fabianski cost Arsenal dearly against Newcastle at the Emirates this afternoon, you can watch the goal here. After a positive run of games, the Polish keeper made another trademark mistake, flapping haphazardly at a Newcastle free kick, drifted in towards the head of Andy Carrol, who duly out-muscled a half-committed Fabianski. A Chelsea win today would surely finish off any realistic Arsenal title aspirations.

Arsenal’s problems undoubtedly started with Fabianski, but they were poor in all areas of the pitch. Even the most avid Arsenal fans will be sitting in their armchairs, heads in hands. Not only did they overplay in the final third, but lacked any real imagination and urgency going forward until it was far too late in the game. Credit goes to Newcastle for nullifying the threat posed by Arsenal, but it does not take a genius to work out that a physical approach will succeed against the Gunners nine times out of ten. If Arsenal are to maintain a title challenge over an entire season, they must add the physical element to their game.

There was very little threat going forward from the Magpies’ lumbering front men. Plaudits will go to Andy Carroll for a what many will see as a fine display, but his job was made far too easy by an Arsenal back line lacking any motivation. A needless red card in the ninety second minute will only heap misery on top of what was frankly a shambolic Arsenal performance.

Wenger’s substitutions typified a performance devoid of creativity and lacking a cutting edge. A disappointing return for van Persie, whose first touch of the ball promised much but ultimately failed to deliver over the rest of the game. Arshavin showed glimpses of brilliance, turning Guttierez with ease at times, but despite his good service, Chamakh and Bendtner were out-muscled, out-played and frustrated by a typically robust and physical Newcastle defensive performance.

Lest we forget, Arsenal did hit the woodwork on three occasions, and perhaps on another day, they might have prevailed. After their poor mid-week performance, Arsenal were in need of a win today. Unfortunately, they failed to deliver, and in my opinion, the game will go down as an Arsenal loss rather than a Newcastle win. Will their stuttering form improve as the season progresses? The winning mentality at Arsenal has ebbed away somewhat over the last few seasons, and it might not be too long before Arsenal are playing in the Europa League. After a positive start to the season, Arsenal have been almost completely de-railed, and must avoid performances like this if they are to avoid a complete train wreck of a season.



  1. Peter Wilson

    November 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I can’t believe that you give no real credit for an organised display by Newcastle. This was not a game where Arsenal were kicked off the park as they would be by a Stoke or Wolves. Newcastle contained Arsenal and took the game to them regularly and from the off. Look at the possession stats. Whilst this was a total team display I have to pick out Tiote’s display as being significant. As for a physical approach look at Wilshere, Fabregas and Sagna without rose coloured glasses. This was a Newcastle deserved win.

  2. JP...from The Rock

    November 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Newcastle deserved all three points today and credit must go to Chris Hughton who set up a game plan and restricted Arsenal’s chances. Another massive performance from Newcastle United and well determined to get the points. Great team spirit prevailed against great class players today. No excuses can be made by Arsenal fans as their team was outplayed and out-muscled for most of the game.

  3. MickTheGunner

    November 7, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Wow I wonder who “peter wilson and jp” support.. Yeah we really were at our electric best but u were just 2 good 4 us ha, I always known u geordies were retarded and now its been proven… I mean newcastle deserved all 3 points and no excuses can be made by us gunner??? Ha, tell me boys wots life like on planet cuckoo?? We produced a winner 4 “our worst performance of the season” add a goalkeeping error 4 the goal and thats the only reason u got anything from this fixture FACT

  4. Steve Palmer

    November 7, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Allright enoughs enough, forget football, lets talk about French Hotels

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