Saturday, August 13, 2011

Newcastle 0 - Arsenal 0

In last year's fixture on Tyneside, Arsenal jumped out to a commanding lead, only to give it all back in a match that ended 4-4. No such goal explosions today, as the Gunners failed to find a cutting edge in the final third of the field. The game ended 0-0. The good news, of course, is that Arsenal's much maligned defense did not concede a goal. Arsenal's new starlet Gervinho started the match but was sent off for a second bookable offense after diving in the penalty area - a less than auspicious Premier League debut. Fabregas and Nasri, both of whom are likely to move in the next few days (Fabregas to Barca and Nasri to Man City), did not travel to Newcastle for the match. U

All and all, a humdrum start to a season of low expectations for the Gunners. Unless some steel is added to the side before the transfer-window closes, Arsenal fans will not be griping about the lack of trophies this season; they will be concerned with falling out of the top four (and Champion's League qualification) to the middle of the table.

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