A lacklustre performance from Arsenal saw Newcastle come away from the Emirates Stadium with all three points on Sunday afternoon.
Magpies ‘keeper Tim Krul pulled off a couple of top drawer saves, the best of which was a full length dive to stop a Samir Nasri drive. Lukasz Fabianski at the other end dropped another clanger as he came for a ball he was never going to win and saw Andy Carroll barge his way in for the winning goal.
Sagna – Squillaci – Koscielny – Clichy
Fabregas – Song – Wilshere
Walcott – Chamakh – Nasri
Arsenal had limited chances with the aforementioned Nasri strike in the first half well saved by Krul, while a Fabregas free-kick, also in the first half, hit the cross bar. But that was really as close as Arsenal came to scoring. All in all it was a very frustrating home game for Arsenal, who simply couldn’t get passed the very well organised defence and midfield of Newcastle.
The strikers too, of Carroll, Ameobi and Ranger worked their socks off. They often didn’t have much support in the box and had to come deep to receive the ball as well as moving out wide, but they didn’t stop working, and also helped in defence.
Capello sat in the stands, watching the Englishmen on show closely. Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll in particular played well, and with Capello looking for different, new players to break into his squad of national failures, they all have a chance.
Arsene Wenger’s side will be hoping to bounce back with a win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday.
“It was a case of some players coming back from injury, some having played in midweek and also playing against a good team,” Wenger said after the game.