‘All Over The Place’ Newcastle Legend Criticises Players After 4-1 Arsenal Hammering

‘All Over The Place’ Newcastle Legend Criticises Players After 4-1 Arsenal Hammering

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer was not happy with the Toon’s display against Arsenal at the weekend that saw them beaten by a score of 4-1.

Shearer bemoaned the lack of pressure that the Mags put on Arsenal’s attacking players, as their backline was punished time and time again. In particular, he singled out Kieran Tripper and Sven Botman for criticism.

Nevertheless, Shearer acknowledged how well the Gunners player – even if Newcastle made it very easy for them on the day and allowed them to come forward as they saw fit.

Arsenal’s goals were scored by Bukayo Saka, Kai Havertz and Jakub Kiwior – their fourth was turned into the back of the net by Botman. Meanwhile, Newcastle’s sole response was scored by former Gunner Joe Willock late on.

What did Newcastle icon Alan Shearer say after the defeat against Arsenal?

Speaking to Premier League Predictions, Shearer said: “Good play from Arsenal, but there is just no pressure on the ball. If you look, you have three or four players of Newcastle standing and watching.

“You have got to get up. You have to put pressure on the ball, otherwise, with the players Arsenal have, really, really good players, talented players, they are going to hurt you. [Kieran] Trippier is all over the place at the back. [Sven] Botman’s all over the place at the back and they end up getting a tap-in.

“Really good from Arsenal, but terrible from Newcastle. Where is the pressure? Where is the desire to go and close someone down? You are being battered by a very good team, so you have to roll your sleeves up and you have to put up a bit of a fight. None of that from Newcastle. Botman had his worst game in a Newcastle shirt, he gave the ball away and they couldn’t recover.”