At times this season, Manchester United have been, frankly, amateurish
A new era begins for Newcastle tomorrow as Eddie Howe takes to the dugout for the first time as Magpies manager. Although technically Howe’s maiden outing was last week when Brentford visited St James’s Park, a positive COVID test kept the former Bournemouth manager sidelined so Saturday’s visit to the Emirates will be the first … Continue reading Arsenal v Newcastle: Magpies may soon be a force to be reckoned with…but they aren’t there yet!
Bad as it was, it's worth remembering, though, that this isn't the end of the world.
Wins over Aston Villa, Leicester, and Watford are one thing but Liverpool are a different and altogether more difficult prospect. Realism will be required.
Add to that a ninth game unbeaten and a series of favourable results elsewhere in the league and it truly was a memorable day to be an Arsenal fan.
If we have European ambitions this season, though, this is a fixture we need to be taking something from.
Most pleasing of all was the way a series of peripheral players came into the side and carried on with the same intensity and intent as their first-team colleagues.
Full credit to our young stars on Friday night, they were simply superb.
The problem seems to be a lack of bodies in midfield and the over-reliance on Thomas Partey to beat the press.
As conflicting as it may be to see our iconic former captain under the lights, he will be coming for all three points and to break a few hearts too.