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Report: Newcastle 1-0 Arsenal (inc. goal)

Result: Newcastle 1-0 Arsenal
Competition:
Premier League
Date:
4 November 2023
Venue:
St James’ Park

Arsenal: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu, Jorginho, Rice, Havertz, Martinelli, Saka, Nketiah

Subs: Ramsdale, Hein, Kiwior, Cedric, Zinchenko, Elneny, Vieira, Nelson, Trossard


Arsenal’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season came to an end at St James’ Park as Newcastle secured a 1-0 win thanks to Anthony Gordon’s controversial second half goal.

While the Gunners controlled large swathes of the game and had the home side pegged back in the closing stages, we looked devoid of ideas in the final third and never really tested Nick Pope.

Gordon’s goal on 64 minutes was checked for three possible offences by VAR before being awarded but even a sense of injustice couldn’t fuel Arteta’s players to find an equaliser.

Pre-game

The big talking point was the absence of Martin Odegaard from the squad. Despite scoring as a late substitute against West Ham in midweek, the Norway international wasn’t fit enough to make the trip to the North-East. It was a blow that forced a further reshuffle of a midfield already missing Thomas Partey. Jorginho was asked to sit deep with Declan Rice and Kai Havertz in front of him. At the back, William Saliba returned after a break on Wednesday, Ben White made his 100th appearance for the club and Takehiro Tomiyasu took over from Oleksandr Zinchenko to bring further physicality to left-back. Up top, Eddie Nketiah, making his 100th Premier League appearance, led the line with Martinelli and Saka on the flanks. Cedric’s presence on the bench underlined our injury issues.

First Half

A frantic opening 10 minutes saw the sides split possession pretty evenly but there was no real flow with fouls and stoppages for treatment, notably for Joelinton, making it very stop-start.

By and large, the backline looked comfortable and the midfield didn’t shy away from its duels. That said, aside from a couple of breaks that led to corners, we didn’t create a whole lot. At the 20-minute mark, neither side had managed a shot on target, although we had attempted five from outside the box. A mistimed Nketiah header over the bar suggested we were edging closer.

You could tell we were up for it. When Gabriel shepherded Wilson out of play as the Newcastle striker burst into the box three of his teammates were quick to show their appreciation. Wilson did come close on 29 minutes as he tried to pounce on a loose ball in the six-yard box although the offside flag went up. It was a warning.

Twice in the space of a minute, Burn fouled Saka and somehow managed to get away without being cautioned by referee Stuart Atwell. Havertz was never going to be so lucky when he crashed through Longstaff on the touchline to spark a short-lived melee. The German went in the book for his reckless challenge. Amusingly, as did Gordon, Schar and Longstaff for their reactions. When Rice caught Bruno Guimaraes on the ankles moments later, the home fans didn’t hide their frustration.

Newcastle tried to capitalise and Arsenal were lucky when Gordon stumbled into a cross at the back post with only Raya to beat. Bruno also tried his luck from range – his effort screwed wide – before he left a forearm in the back of Jorginho’s head. Andy Madely on VAR duty reviewed the incident and somehow deemed it acceptable. Ridiculous.

In stoppage time, Arsenal finally managed a shot on target. Rice looped a ball out to Martinelli, he put his head down, cut into the box and fired straight at Pope.

Second Half

Newcastle were forced into a change at the break with Livramento replacing the injured Burn. He went to right-back against Martinelli with Trippier moving over to left-back to counter Saka’s threat.

Havertz didn’t take long to test the patience of the officials again. Another late sliding challenge looked destined to earn him another yellow but with play left to continue and Newcastle keeping the ball in play for ages, he somehow survived. 

Newcastle had us back peddling on 54 minutes when Wilson occupied Saliba allowing  Almiron to feed Gordon. White did well to tidy things up before Raya gathered. 

At the hour mark, we finally put together a move of quality. Little triangles down the left saw us free Martinelli and when his cross was cleared, Rice connected with his head only to see the effort fly wide. 

Newcastle responded with two changes, Murphy and Willock on for Almiron and Wilson. Immediately the home side put the ball in the back of the net. It started with Murphy hitting a cross-shot that flew across goal. The ball seemed to go out of play but was gathered by Willock who crossed into the middle. Raya flapped, Joelinton nudged Gabriel in the back and Gordon tapped into the open goal. VAR checked for three offences – the ball out of play, a foul and an offside – but couldn’t find anything conclusive and gave the goal. (GOAL 1-0)

After Arsenal wasted a couple of corners, Arteta sent on Zinchenko looking for more creativity. White was sacrificed meaning Tomiyasu moved to right-back. Not long after Trossard and Vieira replaced Jorginho and Nketiah. 

Newcastle were happy to sit back and soak up the pressure. Schar cleared a cross by Havertz and Livramento blocked a Trossard shot from range before Bruno put another arm in the face of an Arsenal player – this time Vieira – and was booked. Finally. 

We continued to lack quality in the final third and without a bona fide centre-forward on the pitch looked frustratingly toothless. As the board went up to signal eight minutes of stoppage time, Livramento fouled Martinelli out wide allowing us a chance to swing in a free-kick. Vieira took responsibility but he couldn’t beat the first man. He then took a foul throw just when we looked to counter. It summed us up. 

A further flurry of corners were all cleared easily as we targeted the near post. Whether that was a deliberate tactic or just terrible technique was unclear. Either way, it proved costly. Newcastle saw out the game to secure the points.

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karl g

Mikel has created two nervous goalkeepers with a mistake in them. The goal was horrible watching and totally avoidable, let alone the ball running out of play.

Bleeding gums murphy

Var are an absolute joke but we ain’t winning any league with nketia as our calentre forward. Felt for Declan Rice, he deserved better with that fantastic performance.

Paul

Googling “calentre”… 🙂

Dada

Time was when Howe thought of as a possible Arsenal manager. I guess its true money does change people sonewghat ,He’s turned into a horrible unlikable entitled little shit.

JuiceJ

Seriously? all you saw was nervous goalkeeping? Or a simple lack of awareness by the defenders to close down the cross? and of course, a contentious goal scored.

karl g

The defence dropped off because the ball went out of play and then had to reposition.

JuiceJ

Pay to the whistle mate. We all know that.

JuiceJ

Play

Ebo

Seems like maybe Newcastle’s PIF owners have “paid to the whistle”

Russ

Agree but it was out and everyone knew

JuiceJ

Everyone but the referee and linesman the most important people in the match. You play until the referee gives it.

NorthernGooner

I wouldn’t be surprised if “pay to the whistle” is exactly what newcastle did

JuiceJ

Hahaha true true.

Ebo

Oops made the same joke before I saw this, well in sir

Ozzie

That’s no excuse, if you’re a professional you follow the ball out, or at least close down to stop the cross.

Third Gooner

Talk is cheap. Ever played football anywhere?

JuiceJ

And no one chased the opponent at all, it’s criminal that an opponent gets to the ball out or not, stops it, runs all the way to the corner then back to the ball unchallenged. Takes a couple of touches and crosses. Crazy crazy crazy regardless of how dubious the goal was.

Although it was a foul on Gabriel and VAR should have given that two-handed shove as a foul.

Red card for Bruno for that elbow on Jorginho.

We were robbed 100% but we didn’t cover ourselves in glory in that goal moment.

portugunner

all true! but: scoring one more than the opponent, you win the game against 12 men and 7 referees…

Unfettered tr...

How about playing to the whistle? One of the oldest rules in the game.

Sagebrush

They didn’t drop off, they never chased after Willock. They waited for him to bring the ball. Watch that again.

truj

It was on White

Sagebrush

We wouldn’t be having this discussion had Ben White chased the guy to the corner. I mean he chased the ball, stopped it and carried on with his momentum, and came back to drive the ball back towards goal and crossed freely. The past few games BW has not been himself really. Check his crossing today, all over hit

JuiceJ

I wouldn’t bash Ben that much, a lapse in concentration is all I’m going to give it to.

Third Gooner

Chase the guy even when the ball is 100% out? What are you saying? Ben White put his trust on the ref to blow the whistle. They didn’t. As you can see from images on X, the ball was completely out of play so stop blaming BW.

Sagebrush

Before it goes out the player was chasing it. What are saying?

Var will solve the problem

Goal keeping mistake was the last thing I’m gonna blame. How many referees went to officiate in Emirates or Saudi Arabia this week is the question

Shivam

To simply put the goal down to poor officiating is not good enough, though foul could have given on Gabby, but the defending and goalkeeping were found wanting, Raya came to punch the ball twice and failed.

Qwaliteee

It’s enough for me pal.

The ball was out of play – the ‘goal’ should have been disallowed. Our defending – poor or otherwise – is entirely beside the point.

How the actual fuck is any team supposed to compete against blatantly corrupt officiating like that?

We’re all frustrated by the defeat, but we should all, as Arsenal fans, be apoplectic with VAR – not making fucking excuses for it.

Wengerball

Story of the season. Instead of building on last year’s momentum, he’s trying to be clever and change things that didn’t need to be changed.

Sbdjubor1306

Exactly, MA trying to reinvent football simply because he finished second last season. We’re not going to win the league with 11 players. We need a good bench. The results from the last 2 games show we’re far from a complete squad.

Qwaliteee

It’s a squad game now mate – and in case you hadn’t realised, we have had the small matter of having Jesus, Partey, Saka, Martinelli, ESR and Timber all out at some point or another with injuries.

The manager has had no choice but to make changes.

Public Elneny

Got to be the most difficult manager to be a goalkeeper for taking into account the risk taking style of play he wants them to play as well

He could turn prime Neuer into a nervous wreck

Tobi6footplus

So that’s your hot take from the match? So every goal we concede will be blamed on Arteta attempting to upgrade the goalkeeping personnel?Talk about an agenda.

Fireman Sam

Raya was out of position. As he often is. That goal doesn’t go in with a keeper in the right position. The guy is a liability.

Dee

Completely agree. Raya seems to have a real problem being in the right position for crosses. He consistently makes big mistakes in important games unfortunately, and it’s costing us points.

Wengerball

When the manager unnecessarily replaces your number 1 who was on the hot track to be england starter then absolutely he should be pressed on it heavily, especially when he is going to say ridiculous things like substituting a GK at the 60th minute.

Greg in Seattle

The keeper who can’t take the job from Jordan effing Pickford? The overstatement of Ramsdale’s quality is out of control. And I like the guy.

Qwaliteee

It wasn’t a ‘goal.’

End of.

Doghouse

I thought our unbeaten run would succumb to a dodgy away decision, apart from Raya’s involvement in the goal which shouldn’t have been allowed he had a good game, we looked pretty solid at the back it was our forward line that could of done a lot better, Martinelli and Saka were woeful today…

Matthinc

Ffs this is so boring and irrelevant now. Raya is no.1. They’re both asked to play a high risk strategy so sometimes make mistakes. Can we please move on.

ThreadRipper

I wanna break things! And the VAR room!

Fireman Sam

I don’t blame VAR for the 3 goal decisions – I think they were all correct although I think the on pitch decision for the ball staying in was likely wrong, the linesman should’ve blown, but VAR didn’t have a conclusive angle on it.

Norwegian Wood

That was not a push on Gabriel?

Greg in Seattle

That was hard to take, but ultimately we weren’t scoring in this game. It’s a zero vs one point decision.

truj

Warum?

Henkamp

This has been a strange season so far. We have never once played our REAL starting 11. Partey and Jesus have missed too many big games and it’s starting to be annoying!

Goonstein

Frustrating officiating, unbearable. Wilson should have been sent off. That goal was a joke!

Ozzie

Guimarez should get some sort of award, THREE straight reds he somehow got away with.

Emi Rates

Not sure I’ve felt such hatred for a player since Diego Costa.

Wengerball

Newcastle had like 6 cards mate and Havertz could of easily been sent off. Officiating didn’t cause us to play like shit.

Shivam

While officiating was not good, we were worse, specially the attack which seems pretty blunt.

Qwaliteee

‘Not good’….?!! 😂

It was a fucking disgrace, mate.

Daylight robbery.

Greg in Seattle

That the VAR crew didn’t call Atwell’s attention to the hit on Jorginho was stone cold shocking. That same VAR crew didn’t send Atwell to the monitor for an assessment of the foul on Gabriel. Atwell was ok IMO though he could have controlled things more. It’s the VAR official, hiding away somewhere, that is wholly suspect.

Jasonissimo

Havertz barely touched him. Not every slide tackle deserves a card.

Wengerball

He was off the ground, luckily he didn’t make any solid contact. That type of challenge can destroy someones ankle. If Dan Burn had done that exact challenge to Saka we’d all be taking about how it should of been a red. Let’s not blame the referees for being shit, sometimes we have to show some humility and admit we are not good.

Bob McNabs Eyebrows

Fuck off

Wengerball

Grow up

Ozzie

His front leg was off the ground but half a yard in front of the player, it was his trail leg that caught the man. That’s no leg breaker mate, sorry. Foul definitely, yellow possibly.

Starteta

What if doesnt count. This is real life. You are Newcastle fan in disguise or deluded.

Wengerball

No I’m an Arsenal fan..and when surrounded by delusion the man who isn’t seems to be.

Starteta

So you are just a troll feeding on our emotions.

mc1892

Someone having a different opinion to you doesn’t automatically make them a ‘troll’, don’t be so childish.

Wengerball, I’m with you. That was a shocking tackle, he was very lucky.

And everyone saying ‘oh but he didn’t make contact’ that was a split seconds difference from missing and potentially shattering Dan Burn’s leg. Roles reversed everyone would 100% be calling for a red.

Paul

No way Havertz tackle was a red.

Starteta

Was Newcastle the better side? I dont think so. Why did they win? Because f that goal. Stop this self blaming nonsense.

Wengerball

Yes they were better because they created a decent chance while we didn’t. VAR is VAR

Starteta

You are not a real Arsenal fan. You came here to dredge salt in our wounds after clearly unfair result. Even Tottenham fan pundit in studio after the match admitted Arsenal was robbed. Stop it.

Wengerball

We should be beating that team 3 nil mate, and you’re crying about an unfair 1-0 loss..my expectations are different, this is Arsenal, we score goals for fun and we do it with style, this Arsenal today and all season has been shit and some of the most boring football I’ve ever seen.

Starteta

Oh, i got it now. You thought, we gonna repeat invincible season, and now it is ruined. Poor you.

Cygan’sbaldspot

How many shots did we have, 2 or 3? We aren’t creating enough and it’s very worrying. Saka been very poor all season, Eddie predictably useless. We desperately need to buy a couple of forwards in January

Rufusstan

14 actually

Ozzie

I love Bennie White, but the goal was totally his fault.

Paul

Don’t do that! Every goal can be seen to be a person’s fault depending on how far you go back. It’s not helpful.

Ozzie

True, but you’ll rarely see a player switching off so blatantly at this level.

Ozzie

Benny may have been injured, as was subbed soon afterwards, but he could have screamed at Saliba to close Willock down.

Emi Rates

Newcastle are so easy to hate.

What a joke of a ref.

Fireman Sam

Their fans are even easier to hate.

Arseman

The cuntery of Stoke + corrupt human rights abusing oil money, what a despicable Frankenstein’s monster.

Grumbleduke

I thought Man Utd had a collection of rats that play for them but Newcastle have surpassed them with that lot of scum.

Paul

We did not deserve to lose that.

Ealing

We did nothing to win that.

Crash Fistfight

Neither did Newcastle.

Starteta

Guys, we didnt deserve to lose. Thats te main point here.

Optimist

I know what you mean, but If you are as toothless as we are at the moment you don’t deserve to actually win either.

Wengerball

Then we should of not lost it..

Ebo

Football unfortunately works like that, sometimes you lose games you didn’t deserve to lose, that’s why you have to perform so well that you deserve to win by 3 goals, and then if you’re unlucky you only win by 1. Our margins have been too thin on that front all season, we’ve been squeaking by teams playing barely better than them. Eventually you’ll have games like this one and Fulham where that comes back to bite you. PGMOL sucks but that takes the focus off the real issue which is, our attacking this season has been as impotent as Hugh… Read more »

Wengerball

Perfectly said. I find it funny that all the talk is about VAR, I didn’t even know what PGMOL was before this season but they have become our scapegoat

Jeremy

We got done by VAR again. But lets be honest. We didnt have a shot of note in 90 minutes. Newcastle aren’t prime Milan. We are horrible to watch and have been most of this season. Saka and Martinelli were utterly useless today and have been for a while now.

Emi Rates

Hard to achieve something resembling football against a rugby team with a free pass to push, shove and kick the opponent.

Ebo

That’s the type of excuse we kept giving in the Wenger era, thought we’d moved past that. If our performances prior to this game had been that much better I might have accepted it but its been mostly this all season.

Jasonissimo

Tell us. What’s the “while” that they have been useless?

Ozzie

I don’t blame VAR for the goal, only for not spotting any Guimarez’s red card offences.

Wengerball

Don’t you dare insult Arteta’s golden boys!

Starteta

We have a Newcastle fan here.

Tobi6footplus

Horrible to watch? We haven’t played as good as last season but I won’t use the word horrible. We are a lot more Conservative and not having 3 of our key progressive players(Jesus, Odegaard and TP5) is bound to have an effect on the the team’s performance.

Paul

“Saka and Martinelli useless” miles too harsh Jeremy.

Jeremy

I judge them at a high standard. They’ve both set the bar pretty high tbf. Saka doesn’t look fit to me. Martinelli should have had their wing back on toast…he was playing on the wrong side of the field.

Paul

“useless”??

Optimist

So many times he could have gone past him but stopped and passed back to our mid trio instead. So frustrating. I like an inverted winger but sometimes you got to go around the outside

Fireman Sam

Martinelli was good. Saka was awful.

Ebo

Agree about Saka but Martinelli?? He’s been one of the very few attacking players we have that almost always looks dangerous, he scored the winning goal v. City, the brilliant one at Sevilla, what are you on about? Even today he and Havertz were the only ones who were trying to make stuff happen up front.

Unfettered tr...

Eddie was the real issue. They weren’t able to link with the striker. He hogs the middle, creating zero room for others to run through, hence no movement.
Even worse is the lack of clever runs to the near or far post, where we could’ve had more than it share of fillers from all those crosses that went across their goal line.

Alex

The most expensive league in the most popular sport on earth.

Maybe get some cameras so you CAN get the angles you want. This doesn’t happen in tennis ffs.

I feel for the manager, we were set up to not lose and it took a VAR clusterfuck to beat us. I’ll be looking at perfect angles of that ball out of play on Twitter all week.

Greg in Seattle

The front line is toothless without Odegaard in form. Predictably no creativity from that midfield

The defense is good but with no goal danger Newcastle could take some chances.

KH did some ok things but is an expensive role player with zero goal danger.

The goalkeeper thing is not the issue.

Jeremy

Agreed

Wengerball

Really concerning that without Odegaard (I’d throw ESR there too) there is no connectivity in the team. Every player was Mike’s from each other and Martinelli was on an island. No creativity, Zinchenko touching the ball 40 times in the attacking third before ultimately passing the ball to Rice who is 5 yards to his left with no pressure..

Wengerball

Miles*

Greg in Seattle

Also…I miss Xhaka deeply.

Sheldon

Maybe I’ve got red tinted glasses but that was surely out, a foul and freaking offside. Feel genuinely robbed.

Optimist

VAR couldn’t see the exact moment the ball was played for the offside – how does that matter?!?! He was offside for the whole time!!!

Emi Rates

The people who run VAR sit safely in their bunker and laugh at us, the fans, the teams they fuck over every week and football in general.

Playforthelogo

Robbed of what mate? We still didn’t even score or create anything. 1 point doesn’t make a difference when you just can’t get 3 at all

Bob McNabs Eyebrows

What are you talking about?

portugunner

unfortunatly, i hate to admit it…

Ret

It is not offside. But other two things….

Dinosauras

Oh that is 1000% offside. There will be a very nice image comparison of where the ball is on the leg of ratface #1 showing almost the entire of ratface #2 offside. Can’t understand why a line cant be drawn w/ the tech from the ball in the view where it CAN be seen & then a line drawn from another clear view of the position of the attacker if that’s what it takes.

And recall that they had no issue chalking one off for us because they were kinda sure something that couldn’t be seen was offside last season…

Tommmy

Frustrating game. From that line up I thought it would be 1-0 to either side as we would struggle to score. Sadly we never looked like really breaking through. Couple half chances and terrible set pieces.
Without Jesus we will struggle against top half sides.

Stroller

we got what we deserved. Nothing. The goalkeeper situation is self harm. What the fuck was Raya doing for the goal? And one poor shot in 90 minutes. Arteta has been found out in the last two games.

Fireman Sam

Losing Partey, Jesus and Ode definitely hurts, but playing Raya instead of Ramsdale hurts just as much, and that’s Arteta’s choice.

Matthinc

This is such bollocks. Raya is not the issue here.

NorthernGooner

Can we stop the Raya experimient now please. There isn’t a single parameter in which he’s a better goalkepeer than Ramsdale.

Playforthelogo

That’s a bad take mate. What did Ramsdale do on Wednesday?

Tobi6footplus

Agenda FC. Ramsdale isn’t flawless you know.

NorthernGooner

Did I say he was flawless?

Ozzie

The difference between them is miniscule, both are top top quality, but judging by the west ham game, both seem nervous.

Mootilated

Newcastle are just Stoke 2.0 just with more despicable owners.

How Bruno G. stayed on that pitch is insane. I was shocked when he was only awarded his first yellow in the 2nd half.

And the goal. Don’t get me started.

We need a striker badly.

Ozzie

Great post!

Tombo

Our refs are employed on the side by the Saudi league. Then we get questionable decisions vs a Saudi owned team. Not much left to say really. It won’t just be us either and yet no one seems to be talking about it

Jeremy

People talk but only the fans of the teams who have been wronged and they are promptly told to ‘stop whinging’ by fans of other clubs (until it happens to them). And the circle of corruption continues.

Matthinc

VAR isn’t working well enough but honestly, and because they’re human sometimes they miss things, but the refereeing is not the problem. It’s a complete diversion to keep going on about it. It tends to even out across a season and there are games we get favourable decisions for sure.

The issue is Arsenal, despite looking pretty solid, couldn’t unlock Newcastle. And yeah, they’re very physical approach is pretty ugly and verging on unsporting. But still.

Wengerball

Instead of progressing from year 3 to year 4, Arteta has managed to regress us back to year 2 with sidepass FC. Thank God for Rice because without him we’d have lost a few more games this season. Really concerning performances this year, I don’t know if we can challenge for the league with these types of performances….Also the squad is being run into the ground, Saka looked gassed from the start.

Optimist

We are actually stronger than last year, but it’s at the expense of attacking threat.
You have to say injuries to Partey (RIP) Jesus, Odegaard have had serious consequences this season so far

Wengerball

I don’t understand this point. So we have more possession and “control”, doesn’t matter when you can’t create goals when you need to. We looked absolutely pedestrian in the last two games when it comes to chance creation

Optimist

We don’t look as likely to concede as many as last year, but we look less likely to score

Sbdjubor1306

Agreed. People keep saying Saka is okay. He’s not. His form dipped for the last 10 games of last season. We ran our key players into the ground. Ben White, Partey, Odingaard, Marinelli and even Ramsdale looked like they were running on fumes at the end of last season. It’s carried over into this season

Wengerball

It’s because MA did not trust anyone else to do the job, which I understand, but now those players are burnt out and the subs didn’t get the play time necessary to develop their game in this team and what we are watching is the result of that

Fireman Sam

Saka definitely not right at the mo. He really isn’t close to his previous stellar form.

Optimist

He’s always double-marked these days and doesn’t have the Ben White overlap to give him some space

portugunner

🎼 our time will come!

Hi-brid

Didn’t do enough to win, didn’t deserve to lose. Unbelievable that the goal was allowed to stand. If the ball out of play and offside were difficult to prove, the push in the back was not and was clearly shown on multiple replays. Saying that, Raya should have cut out the cross and we wouldn’t be having the conversation. Had more than enough of him now.

JuiceJ

The boys fought well, VAR didn’t help and our lack of incision did us too. But we tried and for that, I’m happy with general play.

Bleeding gums murphy

😂😂

indogooner

it will be a quite challenge for us to go to top 4 let alone winning the EPL, if our won manager, the ARSEta keep giving chance to keeper who always, always make mistakes in every fucking single game, albeit with all the VAR checking the goal will not be happened if the GK do the simplest thing, catch the cross, and this keeper keep making mistakes, but IDK why that manager keep giving chance after chance

Optimist

Go away

indogooner

could not give any more discussion about how poor raya? instead of just saying go away, could you give a good argument why we should keep playing that mistake prone keeper?

Fireman Sam

Arteta is a stubborn fuck. Remember Wilian. I think whatever Raya does, however many points he costs, he starts unfortunately.

Raya might come good at some point but playing Ramsdale would be the obvious move for a while.

Qwaliteee

Willian was a bad signing, but to throw that at Arteta four years down the line – after all that he has done in the meantime to take the club to where we are now – is beyond moronic.

Qwaliteee

Turn right at Finsbury Park up to Manor House. Then you hit the Seven Sisters road. When you get to the crossroads, turn left up onto the Tottenham High Road. Keep going until you reach the Toilet Bowl. Treat yourself to season ticket.

myrtle

We are absolutely trash going forward this season. ABSOLUTELY RUBBISH. I’m fuming to be honest.

Bleeding gums murphy

We have a quality injury prone forward in Jesus and then a back up striker who is championship player at best. Interesting once he went off we got into the box a few times with some nice link up play. Desperately need a striker in January but we won’t be winning league this season me thinks. We looked so much better last season before we lost Jesus and saliba

Optimist

We never looked like scoring did we? And how many times did Martinelli take the ball forward and then stop, pass it back again??? Got to take risks and engage those defenders!!!

Tony2

Agree but maybe, and I don’t know, he and saka (who’s clearly not fit) are playing to the managers instructions? If so wtf is MA8 seeing that we’re not? MA8 take the fucking handbrake off from our 2 wide players

Shivam

Problem with our attack is that Jesus and Ode are injured, and Saka and Martinelli are not playing their best football to carry the team. Also Jorginho is not Partey, and the team misses his line breaking passes. But then that makes signing of Havertz very strange instead of getting a proper replacement of Xhaka or either a good back up striker.

Qwaliteee

Are you having a laugh?

Check out the number of goals we have scored already compared to most of the other teams in the Premiership this season thus far.

Paul

Back in the day a deliberate forearm in the head, off the ball, was a sending off no?

Wengerball

No, it just wouldn’t be a foul but Viera is Portuguese so he falls if a feather lands on him funny

Paul

What’s Viera got to do with it Wengerball?

Starteta

He is backing the refs all over this chat. Very strange selfblaming attitude.

portugunner

as a portuguese, i would like to thank you!
luis figo

Ozzie

Apparently ‘forearm’ is totally different from ‘elbow’ according to the VAR statement.

Ozzie

It was the upper part of his forearm, which includes the elbow. The lower part of his forearm might include the fist. I can’t believe we need to discuss this, it was an off-the-ball premeditated blow to the side of the head, sneakily disguised so he didn’t see it coming – but somehow not violent enough.

Paul

I remember people saying “you can’t put your hand in someone’s face” forearm to the head is ok apparently.

Ozzie

Yes Paul, like Bergkamp getting straight red for pointing 👉 but finger accidentally making contact with player’s chest.

Vonnie

ITWGX it would’ve been a straight red for attempted murder, but Guimaraes and Newcastle can foul all night with impunity.

G-Man

I can’t deal with this. It’s a robbery from VAR. Spurs are unbeaten, City are points and goals ahead of us. I feel sick. The only thing to fix this is a winning run of 5 games.

Jasonissimo

The fixx is in!
PMGOL can only be this bad and inconsistent on purpose.

Alex

And Nketiah needs to be replaced by Luis Suarez in his prime (for example) if we are hoping to top this league.

Justsayin

I’m out of words.

Daveod

Stockley Park is state owned…..heads up 3 wins in a row coming up

Fatgooner

A decent battling performance that deserved a point and no more.

We came to a tough ground and competed. Good. But no creativity and nobody to finish anything that we did. Eddie? Same as usual.

But Newcastle created nothing either.

And Surprise, surprise! We’re talking about referees again!! IT WAS CLEARLY A FOUL!!! That goal had to be disallowed.

And please tell me why Raya is a better goalie than Ramsdale? He was at fault again.

BRING BACK RAMSDALE. NOW!!!

A frustrating evening.

indogooner

that fucking ARSEta should be in bed with raya, raya should have the best BJ service for the manager, fucking unbelievable, that keeper every single game makes at least 1 single mistake, but that fucking genius manager keep give chance after chance, playing a keeper who always make at least single mistake is like asking to be defeated

Tomaury Bischfeld

Does this absolute dross have to be allowed in the comments section

Greg in Seattle

Arseblog is really toxic anymore.

Ealing

The most balanced and fair assessment of the match