Newcastle United’s slide continued today as they were hammered 3-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates. With the lopsided defeat, the Magpies are now winless in their last nine matches across all competitions.
Despite a 0-0 scoreline at halftime, Arsenal were the better side for the entirety of this match. It didn’t take long for the Gunners to take control as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in the 50th minute on the break.
Two promising players for Arsenal combined for the second goal as Emile Smith Rowe created some space on the wing and found Bukayo Saka in the area, who buried his chance. The third goal came as Cedric Soares kept the ball in on the endline and teed up Aubameyang unmarked for an easy finish.
Newcastle United struggled to get a hold of the ball or create anything in the attack. The Magpies finished with 34% possession and only one of their four shots went on goal.
The downslide for Newcastle United feels unstoppable at this point. Steve Bruce overhauled the lineup from the Sheffield United defeat and it didn’t change much. The energy is nowhere to be found and the true system is impossible to identify. Bruce said that the “gloves were off” and that he would do things his way, and this performance was not a ringing endorsement for that philosophy.
It’s not yet determined if his job is in jeopardy, but it absolutely should be. There is enough talent on this NUFC roster to be a mid-table side and instead, they look like a club destined for relegation.
Newcastle United head to Villa Park on Sunday to take on Aston Villa, currently in 11th on the Premier League table. They are away against Manchester City tomorrow.