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  • Sat, 23 Jan 2021 22:11:51 +0000: Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle: Premier League – as it happened - Newcastle United | The Guardian

    Ollie Watkins broke his recent scoring duck and Bertrand Traoré also scored as Villa brushed aside Newcastle, who were poor

    Here’s Paul Doyle’s report from Villa Park.

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    Villa goalscorer Ollie Watkins speaks.

    I feel like it’s been a long time coming, I’ve been unlucky. It’s been frustrating but I was happy when I saw hit the ball in the back of the net. As a striker you always want to score goals. To be honest I kept my eyes on the ball and then it was in the back of the net. We’ve been unlucky, played against a few decent sides, hopefully we can pick up and go again. The second half we were sloppy, all of us. If we concentrated more, we could have punished them.

    Here’s a measure of Newcastle’s recent form.

    Newcastle United. 1 goal in their last 8 games in all comps (a consolation in a defeat). Winless in their last 10. Conceded 10 in their last 5. Still - despite all available evidence - 7 points above the relegation zone.

    Oliver Lewis gets in touch and he’s not holding back. “While Newcastle being rubbish does indeed drive us fans mad, we are also quite used to it. What does drive us mad is pundits and the like continually explaining that we aren’t entitled to enjoy watching our football at all (regardless of league position) and it’s all we can expect for finishing 13th every season. We may go down this season but frankly the football we are playing is worse. We invest badly and Bruce was very happy to boast about it until now suddenly he has bad players we would never have chosen. Yes, Rafa was negative a lot of the time. There was positive progress, his last 6 months we were actually a good side. Then we sold our attacking threat and bought Joelinton. Our defence was also good, and those players are still here, and somehow our defence is now bad. Wonder what could have caused that.”

    Villa were excellent, Newcastle listless, and Steve Bruce’s credibility on Tyneside will have been done no good by that performance. If Villa win their games in hand they can climb above Liverpool. Ten without a win for Newcastle who drop down a place after that.

    90+2 min: Bruce is still shouting the odds, mostly to himself, as Gayle heads wide. It was not the biggest of chances but Newcastle have really been feeding off scraps.

    90 min: Steve Bruce is doing the muttering to himself now. There will be four more minutes to play for his beleaguered team.

    89 min: Jack Grealish looking to the skies in anguish at, yes, being brought off the field with two minutes to play.

    88 min: Final sub for Villa. On comes Jacob Ramsey for Grealish. who doesn’t look too happy with having to leave the field. He does some muttering to himself.

    86 min: Watkins goes down in the penalty area. But nothing doing there. He simulated, to put it politely.

    85 min: Newcastle’s period of good play lasted about five minutes. They are now in the acceptance phase. Villa are sat back and looking good for their the three points. Shelvey launches a cross in and it’s headed away with ease.

    83 min: Trezeguet is fouled by Saint-Maximin. Villa send up the big guns and Grealish’s free-kick is headed wide by Mings.

    82 min: Villa’s turn to be lifted by their subs? They step up a gear.

    80 min: Two Villa subs: off go Barkley and on comes El Ghazi. Traore, the goalscorer, comes on for Trezeguet.

    And Newcastle make one too: off goes Almiron who worked hard, for Dwight Gayle.

    79 min: Mary Waltz nails it: “Newcastle shows a lack of offensive intent until the closing moments of a match when they go into desperation mode. This constant listless behaviour must drive their supporters nuts.”

    78 min: Hayden’s cross is cleared by Cash but Newcastle push on. Saint-Maximin is stopped in his tracks by Cash too. More pressure from the visitors too.

    76 min: This game more even now in terms of territory, and Villa more set on sitting back and using the counter.

    75 min: A Newcastle attack forces a corner, and the move is started by Saint-Maximin. Fraser has looked lively too. The corner, with no Andy Carroll, is not great.

    73 min: Grealish has a shot, after Shelvey loses the ball and then appears to give up any hope of winning it back. Barkley releases the main man but the shot is deflected wide. Newcastle get the resultant corner clear.

    72 min: Konsa steps out to avert the danger of Fraser charging through.

    71 min: Shelvey’s cross comes in, but no Newcastle takers. And here come Saint-Maximin and Fraser for Carroll and Manquillo. ASM has to head back for a moment to take off his necklace. After all, he’s not played for 11 games.

    69 min: Manquillo gets the ball in his chops. Here comes Saint-Maximin, whose thigh seems to be strapped up. But not just yet. Newcastle’s bench as slow-motion as the team.

    67 min: Schar concedes a Villa corner. Grealish takes, and it comes out. Traore chips it to the back post. Watkins heads down and Barkley backheels over. There was some improv for you.

    66 min: Saint-Maximin is readying himself to return. Newcastle need what he can provide; adventure, skills, improvisation. But that’s asking a lot of someone who has been out with what he is recovering from.

    64 min: Manquillo and Targett smash into each other with the Spaniard going down with a scream. Then Shelvey clatters Grealish, who then seems to leave an elbow in the vicinity of Shelvey’s head. It’s something and nothing. Manquillo eventually carries on.

    63 min: Newcastle win a free-kick from which they can attack the Villa box. Shelvey targets Carroll but the ball never gets to him.

    61 min: Wilson wins the ball and has to set a Newcastle attack all of his own. When five defenders surround him, he loses the ball.

    60 min: Dean Smith, up in the stands, must have enjoyed watching his team; most people beyond Newcastle fans will have done. Villa are dominating.

    58 min: Newcastle attempt an attack. Their choice of weapon is the ‘diag’ to Carroll. It comes to nothing. And Villa can start passing again.

    56 min: Villa pushing on, Grealish finding space and enjoying himself. Callum Wilson is sighted; it’s been a while. But then Grealish goes on and is fouled by Lascelles, who is promptly booked.

    54 min: Nasty foul by Andy Carroll, lazy rather than vicious and he gets a yellow for his kick on Nakamba.

    53 min: Villa dally on the ball but Newcastle’s interest in chasing it down seems negligible. It doesn’t, sadly, look a team playing for their manager.

    51 min: It takes Almiron, tracking back to stop Barkley and Grealish fashioning a chance. Newcastle have begun this half almost as listlessly as they ended the first.

    50 min: Grealish strutting in midfield as Konsa steps up. This is a team comfortable with each other, the opposite of Newcastle in fact.

    48 min: Villa go close, very close. First, Watkins has his shot saved up close by Darlow. It comes out to Douglas Luiz who swings and misses. Newcastle were all over the place there.

    46 min: We are back underway with no changes, though Newcastle’s main hope seems to be the return of Allan Saint-Maximin, who has missed a lot of football when suffering from the aftereffects of the virus.

    I am reminded that if Villa win this then Frank Lampard’s Chelsea drop to ninth.

    Graeme Thorn has also been in touch: “This game has shown the difference in ambition between Aston Villa and Newcastle. Villa look like they are continually striving to improve, whereas Newcastle’s aim appears to be to stay lower mid-table, and no better. How much of that is down to Dean Smith and Steve Bruce is in question, but surely the Newcastle fans can’t be happy with how things are going at their club.”

    The StellaRossa gets in touch: “Villa are a genuine top 6 side. It takes time to shake off a reputation and the stink of a decade of poor performances with equally poor coaches but this is Villa’s watershed season.”

    Half-time reading:

    Ben Fisher was at Cheltenham Town to see the minnows go close to a shock.

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    Jack Grealish is smiling, and well he might. He helped set up the goal that meant this ended an excellent half with a two-goal lead. Newcastle have been ponderous, particularly in defence. Their attacking hasn’t been much cop, either.

    45 min: Two minutes added on until Brucey can explode in the Newcastle dressing room.

    44 min: Douglas Luiz goes close, having been shown the chance to shoot by Newcastle’s statuesque defenders. Villa smell blood. Newcastle need smelling salts.

    43 min: Have Villa been two goals better? Probably.

    Lascelles is forced to concede a Villa corner. Grealish’s inswinger is nocked out, and then comes back out. Grealish switches the ball back. Traore steps up and then rattles the ball off the bar.

    40 min: Some pretty impressive possession football by Villa here. Less so by Newcastle who nevertheless fashion an attack, and fail to find Carroll. Martinez is fouled by the big man as Lewis crossed from the byline.

    38 min: Villa playing patiently now, waiting for gaps in the Newcastle defence to exploit. It takes a panicky Jamal Lewis to clear the danger but Villa come back at it.

    36 min: Long hoik forward from Newcastle? No, they choose to play it on the ground. And get nowhere. And Traore almost gets away when Schar goes to sleep. This time, Darlow remembers to use his hands.

    34 min: Villa have the ball in the net, and Watkins finishes, celebrates and then pounds the floor when the offside flag comes up. He had just misjudged the run off a Grealish pass.

    32 min: A slight Villa panic. Almiron pings one in, Carroll can’t get a clean hit on it, and Martinez fumbles at the first time of asking. The ball drops and he falls on it, just as Carroll clattered in.

    30 min: Newcastle, aside from Shelvey and Almiron’s darts, are looking a tad one-dimensional. This may not be news to members of the Toon Army.

    28 min: A Carroll header, downwards after a Manquillo cross. He was perhaps a little far out to make much of that.

    27 min: We’re told Newcastle looked at Wilson and Watkins. While one has scored Premier League goals for Bournemouth, the other looks a far more willing runner.

    26 min: Another look at Watkins’ goal and it looks as if Karl Darlow forgot to use his hands. They were by his side. How odd. Meanwhile, Schar is booked for a tackle on the busy Watkins.

    24 min: Newcastle stepping it up? Carroll swings a leg and tries to volley a pass away to Wilson. Andy is no longer the most mobile player in football. Not that he was, but he used to motor along with a head of steam up.

    23 min: Shelvey’s pass and Lewis’s cross force a first Newcastle corner. Lascelles charges at it, and it takes Mings to clear what looked a goalward header.

    21 min: Konsa steps out, and looks the business in Villa’s midfield. Targett, another mainstay, also does well in cutting off Hendrick. Villa first to the ball all night so far.

    19 min: Villa are dealing far better with Newcastle’s crossing than their opponent is with theirs.

    18 min: Close! Traore chips up a free kick and Barkley heads over. Newcastle look hugely vulnerable to the crossed ball. Steve Bruce the player would have not allowed this to happen. His team, though, have been hapless.

    16 min: Villa already look more confident. They are not sitting back on their lead. This time, Grealish loses the ball when he looks to have a chance at testing Darlow.

    14 min: That was poor Newcastle defending on the flanks and from Schar, who while a tad unlucky, didn’t do enough to get the ball away. Switching defensive formations can mean confusion in a team.

    Targett’s ball from the wing, Schar’s desperate mistake loops the ball up for Watkins, who gratefully ends his goal drought with a header over Darlow.

    12 min: Oliver Lewis has a tactical observation: “It appears Hayden is actually playing centre back and we have 3 at the back. Considering how recently Bruce angrily asserted we do thing’s ‘my way’ and go to 4-4-2 is this the quickest humiliating climbdown in recent football history?” There have been quicker, and thanks for noticing the pattern.

    11 min: First glimmer of a chance for Villa? Targett’s cross and Watkins is just - just put off his stride by Schar.

    10 min: Andy Carroll, with his collection of ponytails, clatters Douglas Luiz. He escapes a yellow card, and Luiz escapes serious injury.

    9 min: Newcastle are pushing up on Villa. They’ve not been the negative team of Toon Army lore so far.

    7 min: Martinez rushes out to claim a cross aimed for Carroll and tries to start a counter. Villa eventually settle into a passing move, which concludes with Cash’s cross being headed out.

    6 min: Villa corner, taken short, Traore’s chip comes back out to Targett but Darlow is equal to the shot. Schar’s pass to Shelvey catches Villa unawares until Martinez storms out and smashes the ball into the stands.

    4 min: Jack Grealish tries to win a foul. He fails, and Almiron scampers away. As so often, his shot is not the best. He’s a good player with the sting of a butterfly.

    3 min: Callum Wilson on the flank takes a pass from Shelvey, looks up but misses the run of Almiron. Wilson looks to be drifting left with Andy Carroll centre crash.

    1 min: We are away, after the players take the knee. Newcastle look to be sat in a 4-4-2, as Brucey always likes it, though he did play three at the back when he was Hull City manager.

    The players take to the field at Villa Park, that long walk from the corner to the centre circle. It’s only Marvelous Nakamba’s second Premier League appearance of the season as John McGinn had been an ever-present until now.

    Steve Bruce speaks, and tersely.

    A couple with injury, we have been hit in one area which is central defence. The one thing we have done is change a lot due to illness. They have recovered after suffering through Covid. That’s the captain [Jamaal Lascelles] fit and Saint-Maximin fit who has been struggling for six or seven weeks. We’ve found it’s the aftereffects, a lot of them have been struggling with the fatigue.

    With Dean Smith on the naughty step, John Terry is on media duties tonight for Aston Villa.

    Pretty similar, me Shakey (Craig Shakespeare) and the gaffer usually sit up high near the directors’ box, and then get the message down to Richard [O’Kelly] and Cuts [Neil Cutler] on the bench. It feels like a while, it’s nice coming home. It’s good to be home, players feel comfortable but we’re up against a tough side. I was just speaking to Steve who’s a great manager. We have got to be careful. They are good on the transitions and counterattacks. But we are at home and fancy ourselves.

    This game was supposed to have been played in December but was the first Premier League match postponed due to Covid-19, and an outbreak within Steve Bruce’s squad.

    What did those teams mean? Marvelous Nakamba is recalled into Villa’s midfield as John McGinn is suspended after receiving his fifth yellow of the season. Steve Bruce makes four changes to his Newcastle team. Javier Manquillo, Fabian Schar, Isaac Hayden and Jeff Hendrick are recalled come in, while Saint-Maximin is on the bench as expected. Ryan Fraser accompanies him, returning after his silly sending-off at Sheffield United.

    Dean Smith will not be in the dugout tonight, as he is serving a one-match ban for his ref rage during the Manchester City defeat. He also got fined £8,000 for disputing an offside decision. He looked to be in the right, but it turned out that none of us knew the rules. Which these days is part of life.

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    Could Steve Bruce be getting a tad obsessed with his predecessor? He wouldn’t be the only Geordie to do so.

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    Related: Rafael Benítez puts clubs on alert after leaving job in China

    Aston Villa: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Douglas Luiz, Nakamba, Traore, Barkley, Grealish, Watkins.
    Subs: Heaton, Taylor, Trezeguet, El Ghazi, Engels, Guilbert, Elmohamady, Davis, Ramsey.

    Newcastle: Darlow, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Lewis, Almiron, Shelvey, Hayden, Hendrick, Wilson, Carroll.
    Subs: Dubravka, Matthew Longstaff, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin, Ritchie, Gayle,
    Krafth, Fraser, Murphy.

    Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

    Both are managers in charge of the club they supported as boys, but there is real difference in the perceptions with which fans receive Dean Smith and Steve Bruce. Deano is beloved by Villa fans, appreciative of his pulling the club back into the Premier League, something Bruce failed to achieve during his time in charge of the club. They have also been graced with Smith’s embracing of attacking football, and his freeing up Jack Grealish to become one of the main attractions in the Premier League. Bruce, meanwhile, just doesn’t appear to have been able to win hearts and minds, and that’s despite his team not being much more defensive than that of Rafa Benítez, coincidentally back available after his Chinese adventure came to an end this weekend. Brucey adopted the vernacular of the Gallowgate when describing his team’s loss as “frigging hopeless the other night; we were absolutely s***e”. It doesn’t seem to have won over too many, despite there being some mitigation for Newcastle’s recent slide. Allan Saint-Maximin, the player who supplied a bit of magic, is finally back in the ranks, having had a hard time recovering from Covid-19. And Jamaal Lascelles, the captain, has similarly struggled. But no wins since 12 December would put anyone under pressure, and particularly when the team play as timidly as they. An opponent who ran Manchester City very close in midweek looks a tough proposition.

    Kick-off 8pm, join me.

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  • Sat, 23 Jan 2021 22:03:04 +0000: Watkins and Traoré on target as Villa pile pressure on Bruce and Newcastle - Newcastle United | The Guardian

    The pressure on Steve Bruce grew heavier with this emphatic defeat to his former club, who swaggered back into the top half of the table thanks to goals by Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traoré. Newcastle have not won for 10 matches in all competitions and although they are seven points above 18th place, they are far from safe from relegation. Bruce’s position looks even more precarious.

    Within moments of the final whistle at Villa Park, Newcastle fans vented their anger over 200 miles away, descending on St James’ Park with banners calling for Bruce to go.

    Related: Aston Villa v Newcastle: Premier League – live!

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  • Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0000: Steve Bruce likens himself to 'mighty Rafa' as he defends Newcastle record - Newcastle United | The Guardian
    • Manager points to similarities with Rafael Benítez reign
    • Hopes boosted by return of Covid-hit Allan Saint-Maximin

    Steve Bruce limbered up for Saturday night’s Premier League game at Aston Villa by claiming he has equalled Rafael Benítez’s achievements on Tyneside. “Rafa was a world-class manager,” the Newcastle manager said. “But we matched the mighty Rafa last year.”

    Benítez’s successor is under intense pressure after nine games without a win, and so could not resist an opportunity to remind the critics that his record is almost identical to that of the much-adored Spaniard.

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  • Mon, 18 Jan 2021 22:09:39 +0000: Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle: Premier League – as it happened - Newcastle United | The Guardian

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice either side of a Bukayo Saka goal as Arsenal eased to victory over Newcastle

    Thank you very much for joining me tonight. Here is Nick Ames’ lovely report.

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    A few lines from Emile Smith Rowe: “We enjoyed it so much. Really happy with the win today.”

    “We are coming well together as a group, we have had some meetings off the pitch. The whole group is so much stronger.”

    That is a goal.

    Smith Rowe x Saka

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    It helps when the opposition do not shoot.

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    My grandad was from Byker, so I am angry on his behalf.

    I get why people want Bruce gone as that team is really woeful but anyone who replaces him won’t be able to sign many players, so will be stuck with this utterly mediocre squad and there is not much that be done with them.

    Bloody good side ...

    Newcastle United in the Premier League this season:
    Shots - 19th
    Shots on target - 18th
    Chances created - 18th
    Touches in opp. box - 19th
    Possession - 20th
    Shots faced - 19th
    Shots on target faced - 18th

    One day I will get over how bad Newcastle are. An embarrassment to both PJ and Duncan.

    Arsenal upped their performance by 10% after the break, which is all that was needed to beat an utterly mediocre Newcastle. The visitors set their own downfall with each of the goals, which were relatively avoidable. They could be heading for a long second half of the season.

    Pierre Emerick Aubameyang took his chances well, as did Bukayo Saka but it really was not very hard to beat Newcastle.

    90 mins: Three minutes added on.

    Alex Whitney asks: “No cards so far this match, correct? How often do Premiership matches not have any formal cautions?”

    88 mins: Lascelles smashes into Martinelli with an elbow but the referee sees little wrong.

    Newcastle’s Elliot Anderson is on for his Premier League debut, which is nice.

    86 mins: Lacazette is taken down by Lascelles on the edge of the box. Willian lines up the free-kick 20 yards from goal ... and whacks it straight into the wall.

    84 mins: Admir Pajic emails to say: “There has been a talk about the No.9 curse at Arsenal (Suker, Jeffers, Reyes, Baptista, Eduardo, Podolski, Lacazette) but maybe it’s time to talk about the No.10 curse.

    “Today, Mesut Özil signed for Fenerbahce and Jack Wilshere signed for Bournemouth. It shouldn’t have been that way.”

    81 mins: Steve Bruce is supposedly in the market for a centre-back, which is no surprise on the evidence of this performance. Sadly, for Steve, he might have to scrape around for someone to loan in.

    Good news for Arsenal: Martinelli is coming.

    79 mins: The goal came from Clark losing the ball in his defensive third, as Newcastle continue to look utter rubbish. Willian is on for Aubameyang. The Brazilian looks very happy to be on.

    Cedric does very well down the right and just ... JUST ... keeps the ball in on the byline, before pulling it back to an unmarked Aubameyang to tap into an empty net.

    76 mins: Darlow keeps possession of the ball in his own area for a good 15 seconds, as he accepts it is the most useful thing Newcastle can do.

    74 mins: Smith Rowe gets the chance to put the ball on a plate for Aubameyang but his pass is weak and cut out by Lascelles.

    As Gary Naylor points out below: Newcastle are bad.

    The Newcastle United question might not be whether there are three poorer teams in the Premier League this season, but whether there are three poorer teams in the Championship next season @Will_Unwin.

    72 mins: Lacazette sets the ball back to Saka who shoots from the edge of the box but due to leaning back sends his effort well over the bar. Very much going through the motions sort of stuff now.

    70 mins: Jacob Murphy comes on to replace Andy Carroll who has offered next to nothing.

    68 mins: Colin Young seems to explain a plot of an underwhelming sitcom re my chocolate brownie mention earlier: “Hopefully it’s not the same special kind of brownie that my mum used to make... otherwise your report could et quite iteresting even without any on-field action.

    “My Dad once threw one of these brownies in his lunchbox before hurrying off to an important meeting. He only discovered just how special it was halfway through giving a talk about lighting effects to a film crew.”

    66 mins: Tierney drives a cross along the goal-line but no one can get a toe on it. The ball comes back into the box and Lacazette heads an effort towards goal but Darlow turns it wide.

    Elneny is coming on for Arsenal to get some minutes under his belt, as this game is effectively over. Partey off.

    64 mins: Carroll is still jogging around very slowly as part of the Newcastle press. I think his race might be run.

    63 mins: Mark Hooper says: “re: footballers getting grief for hugging in their goal celebrations - doesn’t it all seem a bit scapegoat to you? The whole reason why footballers are still allowed to play a contact sport is because they are in their team bubbles and tested regularly. It’s almost as if certain MPs are trying to divert attention from the fact their entire strategy is reactive - initially prompted by football teams, who decided to postpone the season when the government were still telling us it was perfectly safe for us to go to matches…”

    Very scapegoaty in my opinion.

    62 mins: Tim Singleton offers: “It makes me wonder if we should go back through that first half and add ‘In bed’ to some of your minutes: ‘Joelinton touches the ball in the final third for the first time in the match and immediately loses possession in bed.’

    “Or maybe you will do that for us to liven up the second half (in bed).”

    Smith Rowe gets the ball on the left flank and drives into the box before pulling it back for Saka who slots his shot into the net at the first time of asking.

    58 mins: Cedric flings in a first time cross from the right but Clark reads it and heads well clear. A throw-in makes it back into the box with Saka, who smashes a shot straight at that man Clark.

    56 mins: Luiz piles through Carroll and gives away a free0kick near the halfway line for no reason. The ball eventually makes its way up to Carroll who gets it out of his feet and drives the ball a yard or so wide from the edge of the area. Newcastle are finally showing some intent.

    54 mins: Cedric gifts Newcastle a free-kick on the left flank after taking down Lewis. Shelvey gets it into the mixer and Wilson flicks the ball into Leno’s arms. Newcastle might claim that as an actual chance.

    52 mins: Do Newcastle have a way back into this match? Probably not.

    Arsenal launch a counter attack as Partey pings a pass out to Aubameyang, who gets one-on-one with Krafth and then whacks a shot beyond Darlow at the near post.

    49 mins: Newcastle win a corner on the left, which Shelvey pings straight to the Arsenal man at the front post. That is utter rubbish.

    47 mins: Something has happened! Lacazette swivels on a ball in the box and lashes a low drive across Darlow who gets down well and gets a strong hand to it, before Lascelles whacks clear.

    Here we go again!

    Had some homemade brownie at half-time and that’s the best thing to happen in the last hour.

    Paul Dorning says: “Max, why do you think we’re reading this on guardian mbm? We are in bed.”

    That gives this MBM a different vibe.

    Neil Lennon is doubling down.

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    Carragher commentary at half-time: “Newcastle haven’t made chances, but they’ve tried to make chances.”

    What a 45 minutes it’s been.

    I wouldn’t mind going to bed.

    From what I can see, Arsenal fans are frustrated by that half, and the Newcastle fans I know are frustrated by that half. And neutrals are frustrated by that half. Could call it 0-0 and all go to bed?

    The referee refuses to add on any time as it’s been bloody awful. No goals, no saves, nowt.

    Lance Berc says: “We don’t use the word ‘turgid’ enough - this first half has been a great opportunity.”

    44 mins: Shelvey swings in a corner from the left but he fails to beat the first man. Not what Newcastle need on a night like this.

    Down the other end, Aubameyang clips in a cross from the left which flicks off Krafth and almost deceives Darlow who reacts quickly to claw the ball behind. An unmarked Luiz heads the resulting corner wide.

    42 mins: Carroll volleys a cross but it misses everyone, eventually reaching Almiron on the opposite flank, allowing him to swing the ball back in, as Newcastle earn a corner.

    40 mins: Joelinton touches the ball in the final third for the first time in the match and immediately loses possession. To be fair to the Brazilian, he is working very hard tonight on the left flank.

    38 mins: Tierney pulls the ball back into his right foot to swing a cross into the box, only to see Darlow coming out to claim the ball at the second time of asking.

    Both goalkeepers are yet to make a save of note.

    36 mins: Aubameyang runs at Krafth with the ball, the defender gets across the Arsenal man who goes down in the area but knows there is no penalty to be had.

    34 mins: Lacazette bundles over Krafth in the Newcastle box. The Frenchman is not pleased with the decision, as he thought he was about to have a good chance to open the scoring.

    32 mins: Tierney flings a cross across the box but there is no one there in an Arsenal shirt and it goes out for a throw. Newcastle are defending well but they are really just delaying what looks like the inevitable.

    30 mins: Almiron shows his desire by going through the back of Xhaka to get the ball back, much to the Arsenal’s man chagrin. It is not a foul so Xhaka dusts himself down and gets on with it.

    28 mins: Smith Rowe gallops into the box after Arsenal beat Newcastle’s 3/10 press. The young Englishman pulls it back for Aubameyang who thwacks the ball over at the first time of asking.

    26 mins: Lacazette and Arteta are claiming there was a handball by Lewis is the box. The ball hits his arm after striking the defender’s thigh, so it’s not an offence. Not to mention the fact it was outside the area. Arteta, however, is still moaning.

    24 mins: Every time Newcastle get the ball they give it straight back to Arsenal. They will be lucky to hold on until half-time at this rate.

    I say this as Almiron drives his team up the pitch, laying the ball into Carroll who plays it straight back, only to see his teammate whip his shot from the edge of the area over the bar.

    22 mins: This corner is not taken short, as Saka swings it in from the right to the back post for Luiz to nod back into the danger area but Newcastle get to it and clear. Arsenal’s corner routines look clever but like they have never actually tried them before the match.

    20 mins: Arsenal win a corner on the left. Saka takes it short to Smith Rowe and the routine quickly breaks down it is rubbish. Luckily, for Arsenal, Newcastle just give them the ball back and they can attack again, which ends in another corner.

    18 mins: Maybe I am being a bit harsh on Aubameyang, as the cross took a deflection off Darlow on the way to the striker but you would still expect a player of his calibre to be able to adjust his feet and score.

    16 mins: HOW HAS HE MISSED THAT?! Smith Rowe drives towards the box, then slips in Saka who pings the ball across the goalmouth to an off-balance Aubameyang at the back post but he can’t control his shot which pings off the post with the goal gaping.

    14 mins: Neither goalkeeper has been tested yet. Andy Carroll lifts a cross into the box from wide on the right wing. I think he is supposed to be the man in the middle getting on the end of them.

    Down the other end, Saka goes past Lewis, who takes down the Arsenal man with a hand to the face.

    12 mins: Krafth is now on the deck after Tierney pings a cross straight into the defender’s stomach, winding him in the process. The Swede will recover even though it looks a little unpleasant.

    10 mins: Holding puts everything into a challenge on Almiron. The former Bolton defender takes the man and the ball, leaving Almiron in some pain but it is all fair and legal.

    8 mins: Almiron has looked bright in the early moments, always looking to get the ball off his less talented teammates. He could make the difference tonight.

    Krafth is finding space on the overlap down the right but the result thus far has been two dreadful crosses.

    6 mins: Richard Hirst is back to say (re 19:41): “On the other hand, I hope his outburst further demoralises the players so that the team slides down the table to, and below, Fulham.”

    Something for you to cling onto, Richard.

    4 mins: Joelinton and Cedric have a good old scrap on the right, resulting in an Arsenal free-kick. The Newcastle players are doing their best to show they care.

    Paul Dorning offers: “I think gunners is Özil’s Nickname for Gündogan.”

    2 mins: We’ve had crosses at both ends already. Cedric swings on in from the right for Arsenal, which is headed away, while down at the other end Almiron chips one harmlessly into the arms of Leno. At least it’s a sign of early intent.

    Peep! Peep! Peep! Here we go!

    “Interesting after Bruce’s outburst that his team seems to be full of people who REALLY CARE,” Mark Hooper points out. “From Darlow and Lascelles through Matty Longstaff and Shelvey to Carroll and Almiron (whose attitude to not scoring his first goal for ages was brilliant).”

    Brings a tear to the eye.

    Whether I am here or not I will always support my Gunners Good luck tonight! #YaGunnersYa #COYG #ARSNEW

    Here is some Gunners news I brought you (with Nick Ames) from last week.

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    Richard Hirst says: “I have, unusually, some sympathy with Steve Bruce’s outburst. If highly paid professional footballers can’t play more than one system then maybe they should cease to be highly paid professional footballers and start lumping a ball about on Hackney Marshes, or the Newcastle equivalent thereof.”

    One of many outbursts here ...

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    Get in the mood ...

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    Tom Collins emails to say: “Flashback with that Carroll goal. On a relatively rare foray into the big smoke in 2010 happened to be in a weird refectory style bar in Camden Market with some suitably retro shirted Arsenal fans in close proximity for that goal. Suffice to say no one else present was interested in the slightest!”

    Camden Market is pretty awful.

    Our man at the match, Nick Ames, says it is freezing at the Emirates. Could this be important? No. But it will be very funny to laugh at how cold Nick is.

    Maybe Andy Carroll is playing in the hope he can repeat this ...

    A towering header from @AndyTCarroll back in 2010.

    For more memorable wins at Arsenal

    Partey is back for Arsenal, which is good news for them. Cedric Soares gets a rare outing at right-back, as Bellerin left on the bench, one assumes to rest the Spaniard.

    Steve Bruce starts with Joelinton, Wilson and big ANDY CARROLL. This could be a fun night for all involved.

    Arsenal: Leno, Soares, David Luiz, Holding, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette

    Subs: Runarsson, Bellerin, Gabriel, Elneny, Willock, Willian, Pepe, Martinelli, Nketiah

    I like to think of tonight’s fixture as a battle of the Premier League’s great underachievers. Both have been ruddy awful by their standards for a few years. The Gunners have won the odd FA Cup in recent times but their league form has been wonderfully mediocre, starting today’s game in 11th, two points behind Aston Villa who will have played four games fewer by the time this match finishes.

    Mikel Arteta has brought inadvertent hope by being forced to give youth a chance, as opposed to his merry band of overpriced men. Emile Smith Rowe has shown the promise thanks to his eagerness to succeed at Arsenal, a trait rarely seen in the departed Mesut Ozil. There will be no fans inside the Emirates tonight but few would have mourned his exit to Fenerbahce after a farcical final year in north London.

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  • Mon, 18 Jan 2021 22:01:19 +0000: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double sends Arsenal soaring past Newcastle - Newcastle United | The Guardian

    Baby steps but perhaps, in one sense, a significant stride. Arsenal’s return to the top half is hardly a cause for unbridled joy but the manner in which they sailed home dangled the promise of better times. Their struggles over the autumn went hand in hand with a damaging drought on the part of their captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but that seemed a distant memory by the time he had scored his second goal of a win with such ultimate ease it felt like something of a novelty.

    It was the first that really blew away the cobwebs. Aubameyang had seen the ball in more threatening areas during the first half than in some entire games this season, even if end product was lacking and he had shot glaringly against the post from Arsenal’s best chance. Newcastle had kept them at bay but were broken five minutes after the interval when, characteristically, a rare attempt to sustain some pressure of their own broke down and Arsenal took their invitation to cut loose.

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Historical Transfer News and Team Gossip has been archived below:

Newcastle United have been the focus of much speculation in recent weeks in regards of new additions to the squad with many household names being linked with the north east club. Manager Alan Pardew has been scouring the football world for players to add to his team who can bring as much to the table for Newcastle as last years signings Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse did last season as they were two of the most influential signings the club has made for several years.

The biggest story this summer for Newcastle is their desire to bring back Andy Carroll to St James Park as the former Newcastle striker has found it extremely hard to find his feet at Anfield and it is widely believed that new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers sees no future for the huge striker in his plans to take Liverpool back to the top of the division. Liverpool however have stated so far that they have received no offers for Carroll but have also failed to state if they would entertain any for him as he cost the Merseysiders thirty five million pounds less than two seasons ago which they would fail to recoup if they in fact did decide to sell their misfiring striker.

One of the top targets for Pardew this season looks to be FC Twente defender Douglas as the club are believed to have just tabled a bid of around four million pounds for the services of the Brazilian player. Douglas has recently stated that he wishes to search for pastures new after completing a couple of seasons for the Belgian side and it looks highly likely that he will be plying his trade in the premier league next season for Newcastle as long as they can complete the deal successfully.

Another player who Newcastle are keen on signing from Fc Twente is the Dutch player Luuk De Jong although it looks highly unlikely that Pardew will be able to bring the player to St James Park as he is seemingly on his way to German side Borussia Monchengladbach. A deal is yet to be signed by the Dutch international yet the hope of bringing him to the north east for the start of next season is dwindling day by day but there is still hope for Pardew until the player signs on the dotted line.

French international Mathieu Debuchy looks all set to complete a move to Newcastle after the player who is currently at Lille has stated that it is his priority to play in the premier league next season and his preferred destination right now is Newcastle. This will be like music to Newcastle fans ears as the defender is extremely well thought of around Europe and can offer a great boost of experience and skill to the Magpies defence.

Want away Blackburn player Junior Hoilett is another player who is on Pardews radar is the striker is all set to leave the championship side with it looking more than likely he will be heading off to Germany with Borussia Monchegladbach. Pardew though still holds hope he can persuade the striker to turn his attentions to Tyneside but this is looking more unlikely each day.