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Gunners gun down wayward Toon

Newcastle United were once again beaten on their own turf by Arsenal, after an appalling second-half display from the home-side.

The scoreline was 3-1, and it would be a lie if anyone said Newcastle United did not deserve it. Obafemi Martins missed a penalty in the first-half but later redeemed himself with a goal, after Nicklas Bendtnar gave the visitors the lead in the 57th minute.

Martins equalised in the less than a minute, but Arsenal's 'tactics' destroyed Newcastle's resilience, as they scored their second after injuring both Sebastien Bassong (in the first half), and Steven Taylor (in the 62nd minute). Abou Diaby was the scorer on that occasion.

With both players out of the picture, Arsene Wenger's boys added a third through Samir Nasri, effectively killing the game off.

The performance was an example of how poor a defender Fabricio Coloccini truly is. He failed to mark the scorer for the second, and third goals, and was completely clueless as to his surroundings or his marking responsibilities.

Newcastle United are now in the relegation zone, and one may consider the season over, at this point.

Teams

Newcastle United: Harper, S Taylor (Owen 64), Coloccini, Bassong (Beye 38), Jose Enrique, R Taylor, Butt, Nolan, Duff, Lovenkrands (Ameobi 79), Martins.

Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Toure, Clichy, Arshavin (Song 74), Denilson, Diaby, Nasri, Van Persie, Bendtner (Eboue 89).




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The Journalist

Writer: Mehzeb Chowdhury Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 21 2009

Time: 7:33PM

Your Comments

looks like newcastle, boro, WBA are gone....just seen your remaining games....sorry lads! hope you bounce back
lillywhites101
looks like newcastle, boro, WBA are gone....just seen your remaining games....sorry lads! hope you bounce back
lillywhites101
Completely and utterly cattled. Well done Mike Ashley for a sterling two seasons of leadership. Hopefully some of the more radged element of our support will take it upon themselves to smash Derek Llambias's face in as some light relief for our fans. As for Coloccini - the long haired clown is the perfect answer to any arguments regarding Dennis Wise being involved in club transfer policy.
BaldEagle
Completely and utterly cattled. Well done Mike Ashley for a sterling two seasons of leadership. Hopefully some of the more radged element of our support will take it upon themselves to smash Derek Llambias's face in as some light relief for our fans. As for Coloccini - the long haired clown is the perfect answer to any arguments regarding Dennis Wise being involved in club transfer policy.
BaldEagle
you had a real go today, you desperately need everyone fit if your going to survive.
iceman10
you had a real go today, you desperately need everyone fit if your going to survive.
iceman10
That was everyone fit!!! Can we hang Mark Viduka as some minor consolation?
BaldEagle
That was everyone fit!!! Can we hang Mark Viduka as some minor consolation?
BaldEagle
How dare you let Arsenal close the gap on us :-)
merlin
How dare you let Arsenal close the gap on us :-)
merlin
hows tricks merlin? godd to see your youth, academy and 1st team all got spanked within afew days by spurs, and your title hopes have yet again disappeared at white hart lane
lillywhites101
hows tricks merlin? godd to see your youth, academy and 1st team all got spanked within afew days by spurs, and your title hopes have yet again disappeared at white hart lane
lillywhites101
The penalty miss was a vital factor in this game. I think if Martins had scored it would have lifted the whole team, instead it had the opposite effect.
Thaibluefan
The penalty miss was a vital factor in this game. I think if Martins had scored it would have lifted the whole team, instead it had the opposite effect.
Thaibluefan
Never thought I'd hear myself say this, but I genuinely fear for you now. Good luck for the rest of the season, but as a Mancity fan I can say that going down really hurts, but it's not the end of the world.
fifthcolumnblue
Never thought I'd hear myself say this, but I genuinely fear for you now. Good luck for the rest of the season, but as a Mancity fan I can say that going down really hurts, but it's not the end of the world.
fifthcolumnblue
What's going on with u lot, Newcastle belongs in the Prem fighting for Top6, hope u stay up, get rid of Mike Ashely and start challenging again.
Ossie
What's going on with u lot, Newcastle belongs in the Prem fighting for Top6, hope u stay up, get rid of Mike Ashely and start challenging again.
Ossie
We hope so, Ossie.
Mehzeb
We hope so, Ossie.
Mehzeb
 

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