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3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Newcastle 2 Arsenal 1

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Sunday finished Newcastle 2 Arsenal 1.

Rafa’s team going behind after 14 minutes, only to fight back and win thanks to goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie.

A game where Newcastle surrendered much of the possession but Martin Dubravka had few saves to make, with in fact NUFC increasingly threatening on the counter-attack as the game went on – actually having four efforts on target to Arsenal’s three over the course of the 90 minutes.

The Editor asked me beforehand to write about 3 positives and 3 negatives from the game.

Here goes…

POSITIVES

One Nil Down, Two One Up

On Sunday, it was the ninth time this season that Newcastle had gone behind at St James Park in the Premier League.

The other eight times had produced six defeat and two draws (Liverpool and Swansea) but this time it was a famous victory, showing great character to regroup and come back to deservedly win.

This makes it two victories for Newcastle from losing positions overall, as NUFC went an early goal down at West Ham in December before eventually winning 3-2.

Islam Slimani

In under 30 minutes the Algerian striker showed us what we have been missing all season up front.

Considering he still doesn’t look fully match fit, no surprise after being out so long, he was fantastic. It leaves Newcastle fans wondering what could have been possible if Rafa had been backed with the recognised goalscorer he wanted last summer.

Dwight Gayle is a good striker and we need to keep him as well – but not with…



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