Newcastle came out unchanged to start the second half after a decent first half performance. Isaac Hayden would also start off just behind the two strikers.
A few sloppy passes resulting in a loss of possession would mar the first few minutes for both sides. But Newcastle would just not be able to string enough together to get anything going in this half.
Jetro Willems would come on to replace Jonjo Shelvey in the 53rd minute where he would eventually make his way to left wing-back.
As we feared, Newcastle were caught and Aubameyang was afforded acres of space to put Arsenal ahead 1-0 after tucking away an Ainsley Maitland-Niles cross. Where was the defense?
Dani Ceballos would come on for Joe Willock in the 64th minutes for Arsenal.
Allan Saint-Maximin– showed some flashes in debut
Then a few minutes later Allan Saint-Maximin would come on for Sean Longstaff to a roaring applause. He would beat his defender and whip an inviting cross into the box from the right but no one was there to get on the end of it before it went out of play for a corner.
However, the loss of Shelvey and Longstaff in midfield really made a difference as they seemed to look bereft of ideas and we couldn’t really figure out what they were trying to do.
Arsenal’s big signing Nicolas Pepe would come on Reiss Nelson in the 70th minute and Gabriel Martinelli would come in for Mkhitaryan in the 85th minute.
Newcastle lacked the urgency of a team down 0-1 at home and failed to really threaten Arsenal at all as the game came to whimpering end.
There were definite positives to take away from this game. Newcastle are still a work in progress and they need to get more comfortable with increased possession. They lack cutting edge though in the final third and that could end being a big problem.
They also lacked a bit of discipline in defense with and they played far too many wayward passes. Newcastle started extremely well but this one ended really disappointingly for the lads.
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