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Newcastle: Fans take to Twitter to slam shoddy defending in Arsenal tie

Newcastle: Fans take to Twitter to slam shoddy defending in Arsenal tie

Considering the fact there were fan protests outside of St. James’ Park for the first game of the Steve Bruce era, it’s probably fair to suggest that the Newcastle fanbase isn’t a wholly happy one. Indeed, that appeared to continue after the club lost their first game of Bruce’s reign.

Bruce’s side did well and held their own against last season’s Europa League finalists in the opening 45 minutes, but ultimately when Arsenal did find the net in the 1-0 win the Geordies were very quick to slate their side.

Jetro Willems didn’t have the best of debuts, coming on for the final 36 minutes of action the left-back failed to make a single interception, clearance or block and gave the ball away once, as per WhoScored, but the real crime was his sloppiness in not going towards the ball as Ainsley Maitland-Niles beat him to the incoming pass before firing in the cross for the Gunners’ opener.

You can read the Geordies’ verdict on their side’s defending for the goal here:

The Magpies will be hoping things improve defensively over the course of the season, and with Norwich away next, keeping a clean sheet should be easier than against Arsenal.

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