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Sir Alan Speaks
Sir Alan Shearer had this to say about the Arsenal defeat

“It’s a disappointing start for Newcastle. I thought it was a poor performance.

They lacked a goal threat and only had two efforts on target — one in the first half and one in the 83rd minute, which is a bit of a lame effort.

But other than that they never looked like scoring, so it was a disappointing start for Toon boss Steve Bruce.

They did look organised in the first half. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had one opportunity and Henrikh Mhkitaryan had another one but they looked reasonably solid.

From a Newcastle perspective; they need £40million centre- forward Joelinton to hit the ground running and score as quickly as possible.

But, especially in the first half, he and Miguel Almiron played too far apart from each other and weren’t effective.

They had one or two neat touches and Joelinton was unlucky with an effort in the first half.

He was feeding off scraps all afternoon. There was no real quality or crosses going into the box or even long balls up to him.

The Brazilian didn’t really have that partnership with Almiron you need — the Paraguayan was being forced to drop deeper than he wanted to because of Arsenal’s midfield five.

It’s just disappointing from Bruce’s point of view they couldn’t get an early point on the board.

I didn’t see too many protests in the stadium. There were about 47,000 people there at St James’ Park — so there were around 5,000 missing.

The fans were behind Steve and that’s good to see but their issue isn’t with him, it’s with the ownership. That’s been their issue and I totally get that.“
He pretty much sums it all up apart from a few of them didn't seem to know what they were meant to be doing or indeed where they were meant to be.
Hopefully Bruce saw some of this and for Norwich runs a plain old 442 system that just about every footballer and their nan knows how to play.

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