Arsene Wenger’s weekly email is always good value, but is the boss sweeping the mistakes of the Newcastle game under the carpet?
At home to an alleged gang of cocaine sniffing, womanizers, one would have expected Arsenal to simply out play the Toon and their marauding bare bellied fans.
Getting beaten by pretty much their only effort only goal only serves to emphasize how short Arsenal were on being able to beat them.
I think against West Brom we were complacent but that wasn’t the case against Newcastle on Sunday.
In fairness the two teams who have beaten us at Emirates Stadium are good teams. They have shown that before and when we met them. But on Sunday we were never in full flow. We played against a good Newcastle team who are a team of men, physically strong and mature.
Overall I still believe we were very unlucky to lose the game. They had one shot on target and that was their goal. Apart from that they defended well and we were not sharp enough to get them out of position quickly enough.
We were a bit unlucky because we hit the post two or three times and their keeper made a very good save. But we put ourselves in a bad position just before half time with the goal we conceded.
Lukasz Fabianski didn’t have a lot to do and I don’t think he was expecting the challenge when Andy Carroll scored. It was not a technical mistake from Lukasz, it was a problem of timing. Carroll is certainly a handful though.
Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a professional foul on Nile Ranger but in my opinion he should not have been sent off because it wasn’t a clear goalscoring opportunity and he was not the last man.
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