Newcastle 1-3 Arsenal; the Good, Bad and Ugly

Match Reports

ESPNSoccernet: Michael Owen could not prevent Newcastle from slipping deep into relegation trouble as Arsenal closed the gap on the Barclays Premier League’s top three with a 3-1 victory.

Telegraph: Newcastle in grave danger of being relegated as Arsenal run riot.

Match Video

The Arsenalist always has the freshest match videos. They are piping hot today, try them with some butter.

Man of the Match

Bendtner played well and scored an excellent goal which led the Telegraph to name him MotM but I couldn’t quite rate him that high when I though van Persie played so damn well. If Steven Harper hadn’t made 1/2 dozen excellent saves on Robin, he would have been the consensus MotM but as it happened Robin only set up the two goals that blew the doors off the match.

So, for his part in swinging the game in our favor I’m giving Robin van Persie the award.

The Good

Bendtner had a very strong game and came within a whisker of getting his first Man of the Match award from me. I’m going to assume that his header was intentional despite the fact that he typically couldn’t score in a morgue. Since we’re assuming it was intentional then it has to go down as one of the best headers I’ve ever seen: falling backward, floating in the air, he nods the ball over his head and into the top corner — an unsavable header.

Arshavin had a strong game as well, introduced to English “football” by the likes of Steven Taylor, all he did was fight back shake Taylor off and damn near score an amazing long range shot. He did make the box score since he’s the player who put the ball on Bendtner’s head. He now has a goal or an assist in each of the last 5 games — games in which Arsenal have scored a total of 15 goals. To say that he’s crucial to our success over the last few weeks is pretty much the understatement of the year.

Finally, a shout out to Almunia who’s penalty save was critical in keeping some distance between Arsenal and Newcastle. Though he still refuses to command his box his reflexes are absolutely top notch and when he’s brimming with confidence, as he is right now, he’s one of the best keepers in the world.

The Bad

Mark Halsey had a nightmare as lead ref. How does he see Steven Taylor look up, see Arshavin bearing down on him, and intentionally elbow the Russian in the face and not even give a yellow? I’m also completely shocked by the penalty decision. I think he awarded the penalty because he felt like maybe he should have awarded one earlier for Damien Duff’s dive. That’s the only thing that makes any sense. Either way, the fact that the only player given a yellow card was William Gallas is an embarrassment and he should never be allowed to referee a match in the EPL again.

The Ugly

Steven Taylor is a cunt’s cunt and I hope he gets syphillis on his injury. End of.


Arsenal head into a two week international break 16 matches on the trot without a loss. In fact, Arsenal haven’t lost a match since Manchester City beat us 3-0, back in November. Amazing stuff.

And now we come full circle. Our next match (April 4th)  is that same team who last beat us. All signs point to a strong Arsenal team just getting stronger: Cesc and Adebayor are expected to be fit and even Theo Walcott might be fit for that match.

Damn it feels good to be a Goonah.


9 Responses to “Newcastle 1-3 Arsenal; the Good, Bad and Ugly”

  1. 1 nycgunner
    March 22, 2009 at 10:29 am

    steven taylor is one glorious piece of dog shit. i was somewhat sympathetic about their club’s situation and was thinking that their club, with all its history, getting relegated would be sad for the league. BUT NO MORE! if you are going to play as disgracefully as they did, then you deserve to go down and play with the ranks of derby.

    i caught the end of the wigan v hull game on satanta today. wigan was up a goal on the 83rd min and kirkland was taking his sweet time taking a goal kick. ofcourse a couple of hull players started complaining to the ref about the time wasting. HAHAHA! karma is a bitch isn’t it mr.brown?

    liverpool 4 nil up right now vs the villains. saying that this has been a great weekend would be an understatement.

  2. 2 Jet Pinoy Gooner
    March 22, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I totally agree with you about the fouls that we recieved from the Geordies. Hell that elbow that Taylor gave is a foul in any sport. Aston Villa is being massacred right now by Liverpool! Woohoo!

  3. 3 nycgunner
    March 22, 2009 at 10:33 am

    and just when i thought my w/e couldn’t get any better, brad friedel gets sent-off! cheers!!

  4. 4 Jet Pinoy Gooner
    March 22, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Friedel sent off, another goal…it just keeps getting better.

  5. 5 Bull
    March 22, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    A great weekend and if newcastle get relegated it will be a great season, big club? what a fucking joke! absolute tossers! a good result for the scousers and us, I just hope they don’t win the league. Cesc back shortly and suddenly I fell excited again. Champions league and FA cup double, maybe not, but I’d settle for one of them wouldn’t you?

  6. March 22, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I’ll settle for knocking Chelsea out of the cups. I missed the CL Final last year, so didn’t get to see Terry cry like a little girl. I want to see that. Anything else would be a bit greedy, IMO.

    And I wouldn’t mind seeing Liverpool win the league. Consider the alternatives. No one wants to see the A*Cole win anything. And we’re all Anyone But United fans now.

  7. 7 Zinan
    March 22, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I’m starting think bendtner is a better player that ade. The has better sense of position and is rarely offside. He just needs to get his finishing right.

  8. 8 T-Town Alex
    March 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    It’s late and all, but listen guys, give me a break.
    1. Man of the match is HANDS DOWN Almunia. If he didn’t save that penalty, we would go down 1-0 and then as we would pour it on to come back on the score would be kicked around by the Newcastle thugs.. 2 or 3 more injuries. Without that save, it would have been a different match.
    2. Bendtner is dog shit. He wastes 10 golden chances before putting one in. Every game. He should get some training in second division or somewhere else. What are you talking about better than Ade, or ‘almost’ man of the match?! He scores high on effort, but he is shit on results. If you are a striker, you need results, not just effort.

  9. March 23, 2009 at 12:06 am

    I think Bendy’s going to be alright. Got good touch, links up well. We need someone to put away the chances, but he’s still young. It’s only his second real season at the Arsenal, remember. And anyway, how many 20 year olds have the courage to wear pink boots?

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