Arsenal vs Newcastle United extended match highlights and post match interviews

Posted on December 29th, 2012 | 30 Comments |

MotD highlights of the Arsenal v Newcastle United game from Ashburton Grove, 29/12/12.

Post match interviews.

Alan Pardew.

Arsene Wenger.

Goals / Goalscorers.

Arsenal 7 (Walcott 19, 73, 90, Oxlade-Chamberlain 50, Podolski 64, Giroud 85, 86), Newcastle United 3 (Ba 43, 69, Marveaux 59).

Teams / Match facts.

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny (G), Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen (C), Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Olivier Giroud 74), Santi Cazorla (Francis Coquelin 86), Lukas Podolski (Aaron Ramsey 82), Theo Walcott

Subs not used: Vito Mannone, Johan Djourou, Francis Coquelin, Tomas Rosicky, Gervinho

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson (Shane Ferguson 82), James Perch, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Gael Bigirimana (Shola Ameobi 82), Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux (James_Tavernier 88), Gabriel Obertan, Demba Ba.

Subs not used: Steve Harper (G), Remie Streete, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi.

Yellow cards: Davide Santon (90).

Red cards: None.

Referee: Chris Foy.

Attendance: 60,087


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  1. Match highlights? Really? OK, coming from behind three times shows character, but I really hope Pardew can buy a new midfield and half a defense. Cisse? Tiote? Perch? Worth nothing today. Bigirimana? OK, he’s only 18, shouldn’t even be in the side yet. Ditch Simpson and Perch, buy two new defenders, ditch Tiote—he played like he was in a dream today. Give Pardew some funds to shore up the defense and maybe buy a holding midfielder. Anybody who believes we are not in deep sh*t at this point is being unrealistic. Without Ben Arfa and Cabaye in midfield, we are toast. Really sad display in the last 20 minutes today…

  2. Well done lads, really showed our class today. Why are we trying to take on the big boys with our shit back four. Been harping for a while now about how poor they are. Santon has potential but the rest are shite and that includes killer kilclines love child. You can blame injuries and suspensions all u like and scoring 3 at OT and 3 at arsenal is no mean feat, but conceding 10 shows that its fasten ur seat belts time because we are in for a rollercoaster ride up to end of season. I’ll take 17th place now!

  3. What sickens me is Pardew has given his post match interviews and not once has he had the decency to apologise to the fans. That’s the least he could do to salvage some respect. Other than that… fkn disgrace!

  4. MUFC and Arsenal has shown you are just a wee club 11 goals against in two games…trying to compete with the big clubs and failing miserably….

  5. For the better part of 80 minutes I saw a good Newcastle performance out there today, but Arsenal were in fine form while our players were spent without the strength on the bench to shore it up. The last two matches have been a couple of the most difficult fixtures we will face all season, and for much of the time we gave as good as we got. If we played like that earlier in the season we’d be higher up the table and we would not be moping now.

  6. get out simpson perch couldont cope santon needs to wake up he is not a winger do what he should be doing thats defend tiote gave the ball a way to much we are a laughing stoke ashley do something or champion ship here we come

  7. chris says:
    December 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    “get out simpson”

    I seem to recall that Arsenal scored the four winning goals in the few minutes after Simpson was substituted, so how was that his fault chris?

  8. @chris & worky

    it’s easy to pick out individuals but for me the buck stops at the manager once again.

    as soon as it went 4-3 pardew’s tactics went mental once again. he should have packed the midfield and tried to snatch an equaliser on the break.

    unless simpson was knackered he should have stayed on, taken off cisse for fergie to give santon a bit of protection.

    @king arfa

    i don’t want an apology or any more of his bullshit. i want him to admit we are at least 5 players short and call out his chairman on it.

  9. I have copied this from a Gooner website. It is a very fair comment with which I totally concur. I don’t understand all the agro that is being dished up following our performance: –
    “Before I go I ought to give some praise to Newcastle United, who were excellent up around the 70th minute, at which point they collapsed. It’s worth remembering that whilst our players had their feet up on Boxing Day, Newcastle were playing out a draining 4-3 at Old Trafford. It showed, and the ludicrous scoreline in yesterday’s game can be attributed to the fact they completely ran out of gas.”

  10. stewpot says:
    December 29, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    “i don’t want an apology or any more of his bullshit. i want him to admit we are at least 5 players short and call out his chairman on it.”

    Stewpot, the thing is that alot of Premiership teams would envy our squad, it’s one of the best outside the top six. They have to use players like the ones we call on when we have our worst injuries all the time. Pardew said that Wayne Routledge was deemed “not good enough for Noocarssel” and yet he’s a star player at Swansea, who are currently ninth. Ditto with teams such as Norwich, West Brom, Stoke etc. Every team want better players, even the likes of Man City, Man United and Chelsea.

    If we want a team that that is competing in Europe every season and competing well then fair enough, but we are 15th and falling.

  11. Paul in Hollywood: I don’t care what an Arsenal fan says. Conceding 7 goals is unacceptable. If you are managed by a pub team manager, eventually you will play like a pub team whether you are fit or fresh.

    It is the idiot Pardew’s tactics that fail us every time. Getting him new and better players will only be a waste of new and better players.

    We are only playing a bit better because the players took a stand. Pardew is only good at one thing, making excuses. I wish I had the prescience to see this coming like some, but I didn’t. I have had enough of Parwho’s lip flapping (AndyMac you were right all along).

  12. Oh, and letting Theo (couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo) Wolcott score a hattrick shows you how shyte our defense is, not how tired we were.

    I hope the reports of Debuchy coming are true because we need something (even though I am contradicting what I just said @12).

  13. Pardew is naïve. He always goes balls to the wall when we go a goal down. It seems he would rather lose than draw. And if we go a goal up he has us sit back and invite trouble. This leads to the state of giving the other team confidence.

    It is just pathetic management that a first year psychology student would be better at.

    He doesn’t seem to learn from his mistakes in both team selection and tactics.

  14. Nice rant, GS.

    We seem to have reached a point where AP’s tactics don’t matter. The players are forging their own way. The problem I see is that the players have tuned him out.

    Isn’t defensive organization supposed to be Pardew’s thing? He’s entering the realm of “I assume he has some very compromising photos of the boss”.

    We give away goals on such basic mistakes-one botched offside “trap, another from giving away a throw, and damn near another from our own corner. We don’t keep possession for anything. It’s like the squad, at times, just doesn’t care what happens.

  15. GS and tunyc, if we were talking about the last 20 minutes of the Arsenal game I would agree. But prior to that, we played probably the best football we have played all season, and continued in the same vein with which we went to Old Trafford. We’d come back three times against Arsenal to level the score. How many other teams ever do that at Highbury, especially when every punter has them down to lose? I can accept that after Arsenal scored their fourth, and soon afterwards a fifth, our players were absolutely knackered, even as professional Premier League footballers. Had they not fought so well for so long just three days earlier at Old Trafford, then one could have expected more. The scoreline at Arsenal was not a fair reflection of the game, and until about the 60th minute, we had been the better side.
    I say all this because I think our players deserve the applause and not the criticism. There were many positives to take away from the last three days, and infinitely more than the dire performances at home against weaker squads.

  16. @worky

    i don’t have a problem with the players we’ve got and i agree that they should be good enough to be up in the top half of the table comfortably.

    my issue is that pardew and/or the board has weakened the squad by shipping experienced players like guthrie, best and yes, routledge without strengthening.

    it was glaringly obvious last season that squad was too small and it doesn’t take a genius to work out that with the addition of the europa league this season that we were going to be under immense pressure. that’s why i was so angry in the summer because the club’s procrastination on lack of vision has brought us here.

    i’m not talking about signing 4 or 5 £10m players, that’s never going to happen but we need cover and we need pressure on positions where certain players have lost form or become complacent.

  17. Paul in Hollywood: I admire your optimism. I was optimistic until Pardew proved to me what Chuck and Worky had said all along.

    As chuck said on another thread there just doesn’t seem to be any coaching.

    Here’s a cliché for you. We have let in 11 goals in 2 games so we can’t be playing that f@cking well, can we? At least we are not QPR :)

  18. tunyc: this wasn’t unexpected !!! Have we lost 8 of 10 yet? I am usually not a ranter about NUFC. It must be the holidays, you know when suicide rates go up. Or, your bloody team lets Theo score a hattrick and has to put Perchy at centre back.

    At least we are losing to good teams now and not mediocre pap like Fulham.

  19. GS says: “At least we are losing to good teams now and not mediocre pap like Fulham.”

    That’s partly my point, GS. We lost by one goal at Old Trafford (where we have not won in 40 years)after giving them one hell of a fight. We came back against Arsenal (at Highbury) three times! I do not count the basketball score at the end as it was not a fair reflection. Our players were knackered! Giroud was fresh, Walcott can run and run, and there is a feel-good factor in their squad right now since so many of their young’uns have just signed long contracts. Once we get some rest and analyze the pros and cons, we can come back and play some damn good football with much more style than we have been doing. As for Pardew, let’s not forget that we did come fifth last season and he was voted Manager of the Year. I believe we have turned an important corner. HWTL!

  20. Paul in Hollywood: if Pardew can adapt and put his ego aside I will be the first to say well done. It is a bit depressing at the moment and any number of moral victories or “played well for 70 minutes” doesn’t hide the fact that we are in relegation form.

    The other team doesn’t score 7 unless there is a problem and not just being knackered.

    I agree though on one point – HWTL

  21. Paul in Hollywood says:
    December 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    “As for Pardew, let’s not forget that we did come fifth last season and he was voted Manager of the Year. I believe we have turned an important corner. HWTL!”


    George Burley – Like Pardew, he came fifth and won the Premier League and LMA Manager of the Season / Year awards, and with little Ipswich too like Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson. The season after, Ipswich were relegated and Burley’s contract was terminated by mutual agreement.

    Frank Clark – Came third with Notts Forest and won the LMA award. This was followed by 9th the season after, then a relegation battle the season after that.

    Peter Reid (Monkey heed) – Took the vagants of Wearside to seventh and won the LMA award. This was followed by 17th and the sack.

    Dave Jones – 12th with Southampton and another LMA award followed by 17th after a late run to avoid relegation.

    Steve Coppell – Succeeded Pardew at Reading and won his first LMA Award for winning a recordbreaking 106 points in the Championship. He then won his second LMA Award when he took Reading to eighth in the Premiership in their first season. They were relegated the season after.

    Alan Pardew – Didn’t win a Manager of the Year award but came ninth and made an appearence in the FA Cup final with West Ham. They went into a death spiral the season after with Pardew making some bizarre decisions. The club were facing almost certain relegation until he was sacked and Alan Curbishley was brought in.

    That’s not all either but I’m getting sick now! There is such a thing as a “surprise factor” in football, so you either judge them over the long term, or by their actual football and their decision making as I did with Hughton when he was a rookie manager with no history to go on and everyone else was pooh-poohing him with terms such as “good coach but will never be a top manager,” “Too nice and lets the players run the team” and other guff.

    That last bit about turning the corner always reminds me of one of KK’s famous Keeganisms:

    “I know what is around the corner – I just don’t know where the corner is!” :lol:

  22. Worky: “turning the corner” always reminds me of Dalglish at Liverpool last time around. They turned so many corners they ended up back where they started – he was always saying “we have turned the corner” if you could ever understand him, that is.

  23. GS says:
    December 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    “if you could ever understand him, that is.”

    Nope. I used to be exactly the same with Gordon Strachan too, but I think that he worked on it when he became a pundit.

  24. You know Dalglish is supposed to have a really good sense of humour. He was able to hide it really well with that dour face of his and indecipherable accent though.

    Same with Strachan.

  25. GS and Worky, I will be forced to agree with you if, during the next couple of months, we do not see better results and decent performances. Until then, I am choosing to remain optimistic on the basis of my interpretation of the past few days. It was, to my mind, much better football than the atrocious crap we played for almost all of the first half of the season. I am undecided on Pardew. In terms of quotes: “Football’s a funny game.”

  26. gs, i dont think it matters much, whether pardew puts his ego to the side, he will still be a poor manager.

  27. GS says:
    December 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    “You know Dalglish is supposed to have a really good sense of humour.”

    Someone once said something similar about Shearer too once GS, possibly his PR representative. The rivetting creature you see now is the result of many hours of dedicated media coaching.

  28. Paul in Hollywood says:
    December 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    “Until then, I am choosing to remain optimistic on the basis of my interpretation of the past few days.”

    Paul, don’t you remember the same thing last happening last season? The strange outbreak of scintillating football in the first half of games in the latter part of the season, then as soon as we went two or three goals up he’d revert back?

  29. Workyticket says: “Paul, don’t you remember the same thing last happening last season? The strange outbreak of scintillating football in the first half of games in the latter part of the season, then as soon as we went two or three goals up he’d revert back?”

    Worky, what I remember about last season is that we were the shock team of the Premiership that finished fifth.

    If I could single out one mistake since then, it would be the failure to sign Debuchy, not just because we could do with the fella but because it told the squad, and especially the likes of his good mate, Cabaye, that we were a tight-fisted bunch who cared more about our bottom line than achieving success on the pitch. As a result, I think a mood of semi-despondency and reluctance set in and it played out on the field. Then came injuries and an overly cautious Alan Pardew, who walks a tightrope between the dressing room and the board, and before we knew it we were in trouble. Now our backs are against the wall. But I believe we will sign players in the window, injured players will be coming back, and the likes of Anita, Marveaux and, possibly, Obertan have shown that they can cut it in the Premiership and are anxious to get stuck in. HWTL!