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REPORT – Arsenal 5-1 Sunderland AFC: Black Cats put up decent fight but Broadhead injured in Carabao Cup defeat



Credit: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images - Sunderland put up good fight at the Emirates...

Sunderland were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening after their 5-1 quarter-final defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates. 

It was a promising start for the visitors who put plenty of pressure on the hosts in the opening stages as Johnson’s side were organised in a high-press. The difference between the two sides is evident in the final result. However, the Black Cats were in the game until early in the second half.

Eddie Nketiah netted a hat-trick for the Gunners, who put it up a gear in the second period and scored twice in the space of fifteen minutes to put the game to bed.

The cup dream may be over for the Wearsiders but the League One club did themselves proud, both on and off the pitch. Nketiah’s scoring prowess helped guarantee a slightly harsh margin of victory as Sunderland showed in spells why they are fighting for promotion back to the Championship.

Lee Johnson admits that Nathan Broadhead’s injury is a ‘disaster’ for Sunderland and shows why the Black Cats need to bring in reinforcements in the January transfer window.

Broadhead had given the visitors a way back into the game after his sublime dink over Arsenal ‘keeper Bernd Leno cut the deficit to one. However, his departure in first-half injury time severely damaged Sunderland’s chances of getting back into the game.

Sunderland were the lowest-ranked team left in the competition and were always going to have a difficult night against an Arsenal side that recently moved back into the top four of the Premier League.

Harry Patino’s first senior goal for Arsenal added gloss to the victory as the Gunners booked a place in the semi-final draw on Wednesday evening.

Johnson’s side had massive support on the evening and put a huge amount of energy into the performance which the fans will no doubt be happy with. Not many people expected to get a result but the team gave their all and that is all you can ask for as a supporter.

A positive evening for the visitors, despite the result…


Arsenal’s breakthrough came in the 17th minute when Eddie Nketiah reacted quickest in the six yard box to knee the ball over the diving Burge into the empty net, following a decent save from Sunderland ‘keeper to prevent Holding’s header.

Just ten minutes later Nicolas Pepe made it two after his deflected effort nestled into the top of the Sunderland net – it was decent build up play from the hosts.

Sunderland grabbed themselves a lifeline when Elliot Embleton sliced open the Arsenal defence, before Nathan Broadhead superbly chipped the ball over Leno to make it 2-1 – his sixth of the season. It was some brilliant build-up play to dissect the Arsenal midfield and back four.

Pritchard turned the pressing Elneny and played the ball to the feet of Neil who found Embleton first time. Embleton then cut the Gunners defence with an inch-perfect throughball before Broadhead’s quality chipped finish.

Perhaps the biggest moment of the game for the Black Cats came in first half stoppage time when Broadhead stayed down clutching his hamstring following a strong tackle from Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding.

The 23-year-old was eventually replaced, with the extent of his injury still unknown – a big price to pay for the visitors who are chasing promotion to the Championship after three years in League One.

Credit: DAVID-KLEIN via REUTERS – Broadhead injures hamstring in defeat to Arsenal on Tuesday evening…

The 5,200 away fans that travelled to North-London must have been pleased with their sides first half showing which often forced the opposition into making mistakes and put them under severe pressure.

However, Arsenal were out of the blocks quickly after half-time and put the Sunderland goal under instant pressure.

The difference in quality showed and the hosts doubled their lead just four minutes after the restart when Nketiah skilfully slotted Nuno Taveres’ drilled cross from the left into the back of the net.

Despite the disappointment of conceding so early after half-time, Sunderland continued to play out from the back and stuck to their style of play.

The visitors came close just moments later when Embleton’s curling shot clipped the outside of the post from 25 yards – what an effort.

The game was put to bed minutes later courtesy of top-class build up play and a sublime back-heeled finish. Winger Pepe received the ball on the right via a perfect throughball from Odegaard, before skillfully nutmegging substitute Denver Hume just inside the box.

The subsequent cross found the run of Nketiah who let the ball run across his body before diverting it towards goal from a superb flick. A goal worthy of winning any game.

Sunderland continued to press as their fans continued to sing, however the hosts put the icing on the cake in the closing stages when 18-year-old debutant Harry Patino netted from close range.

Pepe was involved again and gave Hume a nightmare all half. This time, the Ivorian skipped inside before his low cross found the forward run of Patino who poked it passed Burge to make it five.


Burge (6); Doyle (6), Flanagan (6), Wright (6); Gooch (6), Winchester (6), Neil (6), Embleton (8); Pritchard (8), Broadhead (8), Stewart (6).

Subs: Hume (4), O’Brien (6), Evans (n/a), Kimpioka (n/a)


Sunderland Manager Lee Johnson: 

“I thought we had a really good spell just after we scored, we grew in confidence and Arsenal found it quite difficult to get us off the ball in that final third. Earlier on in the game I think we threw the ball into the box too early, but we scored a really good goal and overall I’m really proud of the players. We’ve been beaten 5-1 but we have had some good spells in the match.”

He added:

“The bigger picture for us is that it’s a great learning experience for our players. We’ve said in there that now they know the standard, and even senior players can take it away. When you can feel the quality of Premier League opposition, you learn so much more than you do in something like a passing drill I’ve put on in training.”

On the Broadhead injury:

“It’s a disaster.

“I don’t know if I’ve run over a black cat or what. From Jordan Willis, to Broadhead, Aiden McGeady, Luke O’Nien and everyone else in between, it’s hard to take. We’re going to need help in January for sure. We’re going to need to find a way of bringing in quality to help the boys.”

Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta:

“It’s great. We’re in the semi-finals and that’s what it was about today. We started well and scored two goals, but then we started not to respect our basics too much and we suffered a little, but then we picked up our level after that in the second half and we won.

“Eddie does what he does in training every day, he put the ball in the net. I think I’ve been very consistent with what I think about him, how much we like him and his contribution for us every time he plays is top.”

He added:

“I want [him to stay], but he just wants more minutes. It’s difficult to go against that, but as a club and personally I really want him to stay here. That’s what we are trying to do, he’s our player and a really important part of the squad.”

Post-match thoughts? Happy with the performance?

How much will Sunderland miss Broadhead? Who would you like to see brought to the club in January?

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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?




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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