Arsenal lose against Newcastle: Will they ever catch a break?

Arsenal scupper their chances at top four after a deserved 2-0 loss away at Newcastle

Mary Chude
9th June 2022
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Last week, the Gunners were served a golden ticket of Champions League football. The North London Derby, however, pushed the bounds of this pressure, this already feisty fixture ending in a 3-0 loss, revoking that stability. Thus, the setting of St James’ Park this week provided a platform for Arsenal to merely vie for a fourth spot, now implicated in uncertainty.

To now turn the attention to the match in question, I would say Arsenal fans were better off getting up to what I decided on: not watching the game. Needless to say, it was a poor performance. Frankly, a better review of things would come from a focus on Newcastle, who were truly magnificent. Since Eddie Howe’s employment in November, Newcastle have dazzled, showing up yet again against Arsenal. Newcastle, while dominant in the first half, had to settle for no score, the game staying at nil-nil for now.

The second half favoured the fervent side of the first, Newcastle going ahead in the 55’ minute after Arsenal’s Ben White turned Joelinton’s low cross into his own net – a horrible gesture to mark his return from injury, no doubt. The Toon had to wait a while for their second, which came at the 85’ minute, the North’s most notable Brazilian, Bruno Guimarães, delivering the goods again; this his 5th goal of the season.

I’ve only gone into details on the goals here, for if I were to cover all the times Newcastle came close, it would actually rouse some upset for the Toon fans – their side really should have scored more. Regardless, for Newcastle, the question of how has been smothered by the exclamation of wow – things finally looking up for the Tyneside team, Howe solidifying a good foundation which could see the Toon tied to tango with the better part of the top half next season.

I will have to end this article by returning to Arsenal, it’s a must considering their end of season antics. Once again it appears an awful time to be an Arsenal fan. Though recent times has shown this is nothing out of the ordinary, Arsenal have certainly made a good go of establishing themselves this season. It is these last few games, however, where they have fallen short.

The Gunners still hold a slim opportunity at Champions League football, but require nothing short of a miracle at Carrow Road. Bring on final day!

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