Newcastle United did what they’ve done against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City yesterday when they lost 2-1 against one of the big six. Rafa Benitez has struggled over the last few months with the ongoing off-field issues surrounding Mike Ashley over the summer leaving them with a hangover as they entered the season.
58' – GOAL – Newcastle United 0 Arsenal 2 (Mesut Ozil) #NUFC
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 15, 2018
Things aren’t all bad for the Magpies. They’re currently 18th with just one point on the board but they’ve faced four of last season’s top six within their opener five matches. Losing 2-1 against the top sides isn’t horrendous and Benitez has done well to ensure that the losses haven’t had too big of an impact on their goal difference. The fans, though, are starting to fear that the season could end with the club’s third relegation from the Premier League.
Both times that the club have been relegated previously they’ve bounced straight back to the top flight as champions the following season, but with the issues going on around the club, a lot of fans are starting to believe that there could be dark days ahead for what is a fine football club filled with history. The supporters were left to watch dross yesterday as Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a 2-0 lead and a late consolation goal from Ciaran Clark wasn’t enough to improve the mood amongst the Geordies.
You can read The Magpies’ verdict on the game and their season here:
— Ryan Henson (@RyanHenson92) 15 September 2018
Getting beat again…… can’t even get a point on the board in our own back yard. What a shambles of a club!
— John Walker (@JohnMacjakedom) September 15, 2018
Announce relegation. Horrible starting XI. That’s on Rafa.
— Rick Sanchez (@RickittyRekd) September 15, 2018
Ha ha ha ha pathetic football club. Rafa is the only decent thing at that club.
— LEDMAN (@ledmannufc) September 15, 2018
This is just starting to get embarrassing.
— Josh (@JoshRNUFC) 15 September 2018
I can smell the championship already
— Mark Morris (@PhillyPhillyUK) September 15, 2018
Defense is pathetic
— Bro Faysal (@Ofegah) September 15, 2018
Being a Magpie is tough at the moment and they’ll be hoping for a quick change in fortunes before they get really stuck in the relegation zone.