Newcastle United midfielder Joelinton’s time-wasting in their 0-0 draw against Arsenal annoyed Sky Sports journalist Lewis Jones.
The Lowdown: Emirates draw
Newcastle’s top-of-the-table Premier League clash with Arsenal was filled with the most amount of drama and controversy that you could ever drain from a goalless draw.
The Gunners unsurprisingly controlled the game but were left frustrated with a combination of the Magpies’ staunch defence as well as the dark arts.
A result that sees Mikel Arteta’s side hold an eight-point lead at the top of the table was also enough to see the visitors remain third on goal difference ahead of Manchester United.
The Latest: Jones’ frustration
Early in the second half, Lewis raised the question of whether Joelinton constantly going down was due to a problem he wasn’t ready to leave the field with or a tactical play.
On Sky Sports live commentary of the clash, he said: “To my maths, this is the third time Joelinton has had the game stopped for some sort of problem. For a big lad, he’s very brittle. Or perhaps he’s suffering with a strain of the game-managements?”
The Verdict: Newcastle got what they came for
Eddie Howe’s side have lost only once all season and it’s easy to see why, with their performance at the Emirates Stadium both astute and infuriating, depending on what side you see it from.
The Brazilian was harshly booked just minutes after Lewis’ comment in the 58th minute as he picked up what was the seventh booking of the contest after taking Bukayo Saka out from behind with the Englishman set to burst into the Toon penalty box.
He clearly answered Lewis’ question on commentary as he saw out the rest of the game, with Howe’s side surviving a late VAR check to remain unbeaten since August.
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