At times this season, Manchester United have been, frankly, amateurish
A new era begins for Newcastle tomorrow as Eddie Howe takes to the dugout for the first time as Magpies manager. Although technically Howe’s maiden outing was last week when Brentford visited St James’s Park, a positive COVID test kept the former Bournemouth manager sidelined so Saturday’s visit to the Emirates will be the first … Continue reading Arsenal v Newcastle: Magpies may soon be a force to be reckoned with…but they aren’t there yet!
Wins over Aston Villa, Leicester, and Watford are one thing but Liverpool are a different and altogether more difficult prospect. Realism will be required.
Add to that a ninth game unbeaten and a series of favourable results elsewhere in the league and it truly was a memorable day to be an Arsenal fan.
If we have European ambitions this season, though, this is a fixture we need to be taking something from.
As conflicting as it may be to see our iconic former captain under the lights, he will be coming for all three points and to break a few hearts too.
Arsenal looked more worried about the wind and rain.
I would be surprised if it was anything less than an incredibly uncomfortable afternoon.
If PGMOL really wanted to preserve fluidity of the game, it might have looked at working on its appalling implementation of VAR, which had served only to make the game a sideshow, but, alas, it settled on a re-imagining of 1990s football thuggery instead.
Among the crowds of fellow fans, the tension was more palpable, the mood more on edge, the sense of nervousness more profound.