Arsenal 0—Newcastle 1

Arsenal lose their second home game in last four.

 

http://thefixtures.typepad.com/files/wenger-and-fans-pain-320.mov

Shared pain on any number of occasions

 

Arsenal hit the post three times in the loss to Newcastle, a string of bad luck which places the match in the familiar story line from last year; one of limp start, dominating possession but incapable of creating goals, conceding on the opposition's first real chance and off a header, suspect goalkeeping, and the failure to take advantage of the table leader dropping points. So much familiarity isn't comforting, but oppressive.

Taking this performance in combination with the performance against West Brom begins to present a mental frailty. If Arsenal begin a match in a malaise, they have a hard time mustering a recovery necessary to overtake their opponents.

 

11/9/10

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