'Hopeless', 'What is the point?' - Newcastle fans blame one player for defeat to Arsenal
Newcastle United fans are furious with striker Joselu for his display in the 1-0 Premier League defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
The 27-year-old has been criticised by Magpies fans for his performances for the team this season. Many fans questioned manager Rafa Benitez’s decision to start him ahead of Dwight Gayle, who has scored three goals in his last five games.
Although his performance improved in the second half, Newcastle supporters are fuming with the player for his display at the Emirates and took to social media to express their frustration.
Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the best tweets from Magpies fans:
Joselu is hopeless
— Chris (@chrismason777) December 16, 2017
Gayle on for Murphy?
I'm sorry but whatever it is that Rafa sees in joselu, I don't. #NUFC
— Southern Softie (@SSoftie) December 16, 2017
I've got more chance of scoring with Anne Hathaway then Joselu does of scoring against Arsenal today. #NUFC
— Dazz Knowles (@dazzknowles) December 16, 2017
geniuely what is the point of playing Joselu? offers absolutely nothing
— Ben (@MITROVlC) December 16, 2017
Whenever Perez, Atsu or Joselu get the ball I close my eyes because I know they're just gonna have a bad touch or missplay and easy pass
— LWOS thomas tittley (@thomastittley) December 16, 2017
Thers more chance of joselu flying than him getn a shot on goal ffs
— Pat McCotter (@PatMcCotter) December 16, 2017
Joselu close him f ###### doon man ffs. Jogging round like a day out at the park.
— NoRealTalent (@GingeroHurstez) December 16, 2017
Long ball for Joselu who doesn’t even go up for the challenge
— The Exiled Geordies (@NUFC_Podcast) December 16, 2017
Arsenal took the lead in the 23rd minute thanks to a sublime volley from midfielder Mesut Ozil. Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles all had good first-half chances for the Gunners, as the home side dominated.
Newcastle improved in the second half but were unable to score.
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Benitez’s side are now without a win in their last nine Premier League matches and are in serious danger of relegation. If West Ham United beat Stoke this afternoon, Newcastle will drop into the bottom-three.
The Magpies’ poor record against Arsenal has continued, they have now lost their last ten consecutive Premier League games against the Gunners and have conceded 23 goals in that time.
Benitez is now without a win in his seven Premier League away games against Arsenal.
In other Newcastle United news, this Sky Sports pundit has predicted where the Magpies will finish in the Premier League this season.