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MATCH REPORT – Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle: The Gunners ease to victory as Newcastle remain rock bottom of Premier League

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Credit: @Arsenal instagram - The Gunners ease to 2-0 win over bottom of the table Newcastle...

Howe’s side remain winless after defeat at the Emirates as the visitors lacked attacking threat and were second best once again.

Another frustrating performance for the travelling fans who are all too used to second-rate performances.

The team from Tyneside remain at the foot of the Premier League and are in desperate need of points with home games against Norwich and Burnley next week.

It was the same old story on Saturday afternoon as Arsenal completed a comfortable victory with two second half goals in ten minutes from Bukayo Saka (56) and Gabriel Martinelli (66).

After a promising start from Newcastle, the game settled into a predictable pattern in which there was only ever going to be one result.

Jonjo Shelvey came closest to scoring for the Mags in the first half when his 30-yard driven shot was tipped onto the bar by the impressive Aaron Ramsdale.

Moments later Aubameyang missed a guilt-edged opportunity to put his side ahead after Smith Rowe’s header was palmed into the strikers path who could only find the post from two yards. A terrible finish.

However, the lack of any threat from the away side combined with the clear difference in quality meant it was a pleasant afternoon for the Gunners. Arteta’s side were hardly challenged and walked to a 2-0 victory in the end.

Despite some pressure from the Magpies in the closing stages as Arsenal sat back to protect their lead – the away side carried very little threat.

Jacob Murphy and Miguel Almiron were introduced late on and seemed to make a difference going forward but it was all to little to late.

Credit: @NUFC instagram – Howe applauds the away fans after the disappointing 2-0 defeat…

The action as it happened…

Eddie Howe was in the dugout for the first time as Newcastle boss after his positive Covid-19 result last week kept him out of the home game against Brentford.

The new manager will have been frustrated by his teams lack of ambition and attacking threat but will know there is a long way to go until the end of the season. Newcastle need to pick up points quickly and will be worried by the nature their performances – 13 games without a win this season.

The visitors started the game on the front foot with a clear plan to get at their opponents. Callum Wilson made a threatening run in behind Arsenal centre-back Gabriel but the referee failed to give the striker a foul despite being clearly held back.

Their two shots on target in the first half came courtesy of Jonjo Shelvey who came close on both occasions. The unstoppable form of Ramsdale in the Arsenal net was clear for all to see. 

That was about it for attacking threat as the team from North-London got a foothold in the game. A number of sweeping Arsenal moves ended the first 45 with Newcastle holding on. 

Bukayo Saka gave Matt Ritchie a torrid time on the Arsenal right but it was on the left where he created the best opportunity. His floated cross found the head of fellow England international Emile Smith Rowe. His placed header was parried by Dubravka in the Newcastle net.

The ball fell to the feet of Aubameyang who had to score. He didn’t. His effort hit the outside of the post from two yards – a let off for the Magpies. But the visitors were unable to make him pay.

The Gunners came out firing in the second half and instantly put the leaky Newcastle defence to the test.

The away side were unable to get out of their half. They tried to play some passing football but once again lacked any real quality. The goal wasn’t far away.

Nuno Tavares slotted Saka in on the corner of the box who then skilfully kept his composer and smashed the ball into the bottom right corner in the 56th minute.

Ten minuted later it was game over.

A clever chipped ball over the Newcastle defence from full-back Tomiyasu fell to the feet of the returning Gabriel Martinelli who finished superbly. He dinked the ball on the half volley over the outstretched ‘keeper to seal the victory for the Gunners.

2-0 to the Arsenal and no way back for Howe’s side.

Newcastle had no reply and very little in the tank after defending for the majority of the game. The game petered out as Arsenal sat back and held onto to claim the spoils.

There was very little threat from the team in Black and White stripes who had no comeback to going behind. 

All attention turns to midweek as Newcastle play host to fellow strugglers Norwich knowing they need to win.

The Magpies are in a precarious position at the bottom of the league and need to improve on the pitch if they are to maintain their Premier League status come May.

Credit must go to the travelling fans who overcame extreme weather conditions to make their way down to the Emirates. Their support was top-class once again and they will hope to have something to cheer come Tuesday evening.

Player Ratings

Dubravka (6), Krafth (5), Lascelles (5), Schar (5), Ritchie (5), Fraser (5), Shelvey (7), Willock (5), Saint-Maximin (5), Wilson (6), Joelinton (6)

Subs: Almiron (5), Murphy (6), Hayden (N/A)

Post-match thoughts? Can Newcastle get their first win in midweek? Is Howe the man to take the Magpies to safety?

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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United

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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..

 

“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”

 

Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.

 

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Which Newcastle Players Are Going To The World Cup?

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The FIFA World Cup in Qatar gets underway next week and here are all the Newcastle players involved in the tournament

Callum Wilson (England)

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is a player that has consistently shown the quality to earn a spot in an England squad at a major tournament but has sadly had his chances diminished by injuries in the past.

However, Wilson is currently injury free and is on the plane to Qatar! The Coventry City academy graduate averages a goal every 130 minutes in the Premier League this season, which is the second-best return of all English players behind Harry Kane.

The 30-year-old may have to bide his time for an opportunity due to England captain Harry Kane being the first-choice striker. That said, Wilson gives Gareth Southgate a great alternative should England find themselves chasing a game.

Kieran Trippier (England)

Gareth Southgate has always been very fond of Kieran Trippier’s abilities and what he brings to a team. For example, in Euro 2020 Southgate opted to play Trippier at left-back ahead of a more natural option in Ben Chilwell due to the 32-year-old’s experience and leadership qualities.

Trippier brings bags of experience at major tournaments after reaching the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020.

With injuries at right-back to the likes of Reece James and uncertainty around the fitness of Kyle Walker, Trippier could start at right wing-back in England’s World Cup opener against Iran.

Nick Pope (England)

The last player to complete The Magpies’ England trio is Nick Pope. Toon’s No.1 has been outstanding since arriving from Burnley in the Summer and has earnt his place in England’s World Cup squad.

Pope has the joint most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (6) alongside Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson and fellow England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

It remains to be seen if Gareth Southgate picks Pope to be his first-choice goalkeeper in Qatar ahead of Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale. Pope started both of England’s last games in the Nations League back in September.

Bruno Guimarães (Brazil)

Moving to South America and the favourites to win the competition, Brazil. Bruno Guimarães has been one of Newcastle’s stand-out players this season and has deservedly earned himself a spot in Brazil’s very competitive World Cup Squad.

Guimarães has statistically been the best midfielder in the Premier League so far this season and will be hoping his performances have done enough to earn him a start against Serbia in Brazil’s opening fixture.

That said, Brazil manager Adenor Leonardo Bacchi has predominantly played with a midfield two of Manchester United duo, Casemiro and Fred at the base of the Brazilian midfield.

Fabian Schär (Switzerland)

The Magpies’ centre-back has been in great form alongside Sven Botman at the heart of Newcastle’s defence this season and will be hoping to continue his form in Qatar.

Schär has some tough competition in his position in the form of Manchester City centre-back Manuel Akanji and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Nico Elvedi.

Switzerland find themselves in the same group as tournament favourites Brazil, which will see Schär reunited with Toon teammate Bruno Guimarães in Gameweek 2.

Who didn’t make the squad?

The most surprising player to not make their country’s squad is Sven Botman. The former Lille centre-back has been a major part of why Newcastle has the Premier League’s best defence so far this campaign.

Louis van Gaal has a great pool of centre-backs available to him and opted for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij and Nathan Ake over Botman.

Another Toon player with World Cup disappointment is Joelinton, who has failed to follow Bruno Guimarães on the plane to Qatar.

Joelinton has been a revelation under Eddie Howe following his remarkable transformation from a striker to a box-to-box midfielder. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Joelinton this year.

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What We Learnt (Spurs 1-2 Newcastle)

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Newcastle United were victorious at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday, winning 2-1 and now sit fourth in the Premier League. This is the first time they’ve been there at this stage of the season in 10 years.

 

Goals from Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron were enough to scare away any chances of a second-half Spurs comeback. That’s six goals for Miggy in what is now his best-ever season for goals in black and white.

 

With 21 points, just five behind Manchester City and seven behind current league leaders Arsenal, the Toon are looking better than ever, but what did the victory yesterday tell us?

 

Toon are charging for Europe

 

If you didn’t believe it at the start of the season you should now. Eddie Howe has transformed Newcastle into a team with a winning mentality with a real sense of togetherness in a squad who are willing to battle for one another, week in and week out.

 

Very few teams will travel to London this season and manage to come away with a point, never mind three when playing Spurs. Not only this game, however, but Man City (3-3), Liverpool (2-1) and Brentford (5-1) have also shown that Howe and his side mean business this season and are willing to go toe to toe with some of the very best teams, coaches and players in the world. 

 

In his first signing interview, Sven Botman said, “Newcastle wants to reach the top and the top is in the league and, at the end, maybe in Europe.” Maybe he didn’t specifically mean this season but now he and the rest of his teammates should believe that they have a real chance of playing European football next season.

 

Almiron transformation shouldn’t go unnoticed

 

Almiron made 30 appearances last season in the league and finished with just one goal and no assists. Now, after just 12 games and six goals, the Paraguayan is already on course to smash his previous goal-scoring records which have seen him accumulate nine Premier League goals over the course of four seasons. 

 

Loved by the fans and with the full support of his teammates, it can only get better for the Paraguayan at this point. His goal against Tottenham showed the dribbling, flair and finishing quality he withholds, something that Steve Bruce and Rafael Benitez could never get out of him.

 

Eddie Howe must be awarded credit for this development, as with the current budget the club has, he could’ve easily found a replacement in the summer. But, just like Joelinton, Miggy has cemented his spot in Newcastle’s starting eleven and is proving every week why he deserves to be there.

 

Wilson & Burn should be considered by Southgate 

 

On TalkSport recently, Neil Warnock warned Gareth Southgate saying his loyalty to players might be his downfall and said Dan Burn is “Mr Steady Eddie” referring to his versatility, being able to play left-back or centre-back.

 

Burn started 28 Premier League games last season and this season has 11 out of 12. His consistent dominating performances in Newcastle’s back line have put him into the conversation for a first-ever England call-up and I don’t think many would disagree. With John Stoned injured, Harry Maguire and Tyrone Mings not in good form and not getting regular game time, Gareth Southgate’s defensive decisions should now be a lot more challenging.

 

Callum Wilson has proved yet again his abilities as a top Premier League striker. His goal against Spurs not only put him in the headlines over England captain Harry Kane but also made it four in eight for the English man this season who has averaged 2.8 shots per game with an average scoring frequency of 162 minutes. 

 

With no clear-cut backup striker to Kane, is Wilson ahead of Ivan Toney and Tammy Abraham in the race to be England’s number two striker?

 

So, what do you think? Do Newcastle have a serious chance at European football next season, can Almiron stay at his best and should Wilson and Burn be considered for a World Cup call-up?

 

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