Who was Newcastle’s best player today in the disappointing loss at home to a weakened Arsenal side? The team could not capitalize on their first-half chances and the changes Steve Bruce made in the second half failed to produce the desired momentum needed to change the game.
However, this is just the first game and there were positives to be sure. Almiron looked good early and Joelinton had a few chances. Though, he dropped deep far too often in our opinion. Bruce should look to play a little more directly as the one-touch passing often led to unnecessary losses of possession.
Isaac Hayden– good performance today
They need to fine-tune what they did in the first half and should never replace two midfielders with wide players again in our opinion. We thought Hayden and Dummett played well and that the new signings showed a lot of promise.
Allan Saint-Maximin showed signs of being a real crowd pleaser this season. All is not lost as it’s just a one to nil home loss to Arsenal but there is much work to be done for sure. It’s on to Carrow Road to face Norwich on Saturday.
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