Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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Arsenal 3 - 0 Newcastle Utd

Two trips to Arsenal within a matter of days, and two 3-0 victories for the home side. You can read Ben's take on our FA Cup defeat here, and the key differences between the two performances can be summarised as follows:

The goal scorers this time were Adebayor, Flamini and Fabregas, with Flamini's strike being the pick of the three. The Frenchman enjoying a strong game, completely outplaying Butt and Rozehnal in the middle of the park.

Jose Enrique didn't even make the bench, having been thoroughly torn to pieces by Theo Walcott at the weekend, with N'Zogbia returned to left back.

Joey Barton was able to make an appearance from the bench, following the alteration to his bail conditions. Sadly he did little of merit in the forty minutes he was on the pitch.

Abdoulaye Faye's reputation continues to be enhanced by his absence - Cacapa was again shown to be found wanting, and it must be hoped that his days in a black and white shirt are numbered.

We still can't fashion much in the way of shooting chances, and Michael Owen remains a player who may or may not be in form, but without the ball we'll never know.

In truth there was little of merit to report from a game in which Arsenal proved how far we have to travel if we are to harbour genuine hopes of competing at the top of the table again. The team currently lack confidence, depth and above all creativity, and Emre's return from suspension can't come soon enough.

Sunday's game against the smog monsters now takes on a far greater significance, with anything less than a win seeing us drawn into the relegation dog fight. However, a win (and a goal) might finally be the much needed kick start to this chapter in Keegan's time on Tyneside.

An Arsenal fan's perspective: East Lower

Other reports: BBC, Guardian


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