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PremierLeague-News.Com - Newcastle United suffered a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal at St James' Park and here are five things we learned from the game as the Magpies stay in 17th place
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Newcastle United missed the opportunity to take another huge step towards safety following a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Arsenal at St James' Park. Mohamed Elneny put Arsenal in front after just five minutes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the visitors' advantage midway through the second half. Here are five things we learned from the game. Newcastle make Arsenal look like world beaters There have been worse performances this season - Brighton, Sheffield United and Brentford all spring to mind - but this display was right up there as Newcastle made much-changed Arsenal look like world-beaters. The returning Callum Wilson called on his side to make a fast start and the Magpies had nothing to fear: Arsenal have lost a whopping 13 league games this season and the Gunners have failed to score in the Premier League on a dozen occasions in 2020-21. If Newcastle needed any further encouragement, Mikel Arteta made a whopping eight changes as the Arsenal boss prioritised Thursday's Europa League semi-final second-leg after only having two days to prepare for the trip to Tyneside. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Arteta had expected Newcastle to 'come at us' and the Arsenal boss predicted it would be 'tough' yet, frustratingly, the Gunners were allowed to settle quickly and Newcastle showed their much-changed opponents far too much respect as they stood off. The Gunners repeatedly found joy in the spaces behind the black-and-whites' wing-backs, Matt Ritchie and Jacob Murphy, and they soon took full advantage. David Luiz had far too much time to launch a ball over the top for Hector Bellerin in the build-up to the unmarked Mohamed Elneny's opener in the fifth minute and Newcastle just did not get tight enough to Gabriel Martinelli as the Brazilian teed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's for the visitors' second midway through the second half. Fabian Schar red sums up Newcastle frustrations Fabian Schar had to come through a lonely, gruelling rehabilitation after suffering a knee injury nearly three months ago but the thought of getting back on the field ahead of Euro 2020 will have spurred the Switzerland international on. However, Schar's comeback ultimately only lasted 18 minutes after the defender was sent off for a lunge on Gabriel Martinelli late on. Fabian Schar of Newcastle United reacts after being shown a red card during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St. James Park Schar did not need to make the tackle - Martinelli had his back to goal 40 yards from goal - but the centre-back gave referee Mike Dean a decision to make after he flattened the Arsenal forward with his tackle from behind. The red card was harsh, particularly when Granit Xhaka avoided a second yellow for a cynical body check on Sean Longstaff earlier in the half, but it summed up Newcastle's frustrating afternoon. Half-time screams do not have lasting impact It said it all about Newcastle's feeble display that the Magpies mustered just one shot on target - and that was a deflected effort from Allan Saint-Maximin in the 19th minute. That chance should have given Newcastle a lot of confidence - Arsenal's defenders did not look comfortable as Saint-Maximin ran at them - but the Magpies failed to build on it. What you might have missed this weekend Revealed: Takeover update and target How Bruce survived The clear message on Allan Saint-Maximin Our rolling liveblog Rather than targeting Granit Xhaka, who was on a yellow card for the majority of this game, the out of position left back actually managed to cause Newcastle problems as he linked up with Gabriel Martinelli in the final third. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their side's second goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal Newcastle have shown in recent weeks that they can hurt top half sides like Spurs, West Ham and Liverpool yet we did not see any of the same intensity this time around. Having previously recovered from an in-game setback in each of their last four matches, Newcastle were unable to muster a similar response this time around even if the Magpies were slightly better - not that it would take much - for a brief period after half-time.
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. "Can we press a little bit further? "But when I see tackles, a red card for Fab Schar, all the things I'm wanting them to be - more aggressive, tackle them, get against them - I'm screaming at half-time to make sure that's the way they're going to go about their work and we get a red card." Even if Schar's red card was harsh, the fact remains Newcastle should have offered so much more over the course of 90 minutes against a side who were in 11th place in the Premier League going into this game. Joe Willock watches on and how he's missed Among those watching on at St James' Park was a plain-clothed Joe Willock, who was ineligible to face his parent club, and the 21-year-old must be recalled when the Magpies travel to Leicester on Friday night.
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Newcastle lacked energy and drive in the middle of the park and Allan Saint-Maximin had to drop deeper and deeper to pick up the ball as the game went on. That is not to say that Willock would have single-handedly changed the outcome of this result, but the Magpies lacked a game changer to get back into this. Willock hates the 'super sub' tag but when Newcastle have needed a goal against Spurs, West Ham and Liverpool in recent weeks, the 21-year-old came on to score either an equaliser or a winner. Against Arsenal, however, Newcastle were already 2-0 down by the time Bruce threw on Joelinton and Schar in the 72nd minute while Dwight Gayle only had a few minutes late on to try and make an impact. Newcastle fail to seize the initiative Newcastle remain nine points clear of Fulham but this was a missed opportunity for the Magpies to effectively guarantee their Premier League status with a victory.
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You would not have known such a carrot was on offer for the Magpies and this was the kind of limp performance you would not even expect from a side who were on the beach with a few games to go. Bruce had set his side the target of at least matching or bettering last season's 13th-placed finish and haul of 44 points, but it is now hard to see the Magpies picking up eight points from their final four games. Newcastle failed to win any of their final five games of last season and the black-and-whites need to ensure that they finish the campaign strongly.
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