Newcastle United’s poor run of form in the Premier League continued on Monday night, as they were humbled 3-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Heading into the game, the visitors had failed to win a game of football since the 12th of December in all competitions. Since then, defeats to Brentford and Sheffield United have epitomised the sad state in which the club is situated right now.
After the defeat at Bramall Lane, Steve Bruce opted for an almost entirely different XI, with 8 changes being made to the starting lineup. Karl Darlow retained his place in net, whilst all three of Callum Wilson, Andy Carroll, and Joelinton made up the Magpies’ attack.
With increasing fan animosity off the back of two cup exits in less than a month, Steve Bruce needed to rebound with a good result and a strong performance.
But beside a strong performance from Miguel Almiron, it was business as usual for Newcastle United. They found themselves lucky not to be 1-0 down after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed an open net, with the ball deflecting off the post and out of danger.
Darlow was needed to deny Alexandre Lacazette’ low shot early in the 2nd half, as the hosts looked for an opener, and Newcastle looked to be holding on for dear life with every Arsenal attack.
Eventually, Arsenal struck: Aubameyang being allowed too much space by Emil Krafth to run through on goal and blast the ball past a helpless Darlow. A poor game from the Swedish fullback allowing the Gabonese forward to grab his first goal of 2021.
The Gunners then doubled their lead courtesy of Bukayo Saka, who turned in Emile Smith-Rowe’s cutback to cap off a great team move by Arsenal.
2-0 up and smooth sailing for their opponents, Newcastle had no answer in North London. Aubameyang turned in a cross from Cedric for his second and Arsenal’s third. Though there is debate over whether or not the ball went out of play in the buildup to the goal.
Did Miguel Almiron deserve a 3-0 loss tonight? Did Karl Darlow? What about youngsters Elliot Anderson and Matty Longstaff, who are finding it impossible to flourish and develop in the black and white stripes of the first team?
More questions are going to be asked of Steve Bruce, who figuratively and literally took the gloves off for tonight’s game, and it hasn’t paid off. Once more, Newcastle United finds itself engulfed in another relegation battle. As the weeks pass by, it’s becoming even more of a struggle to say there are definitely three worse teams in the Premier League right now than the Magpies.