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Newcastle moved 4 points clear of the relegation zone after a hard fought 1-0 victory over Aston Villa. But, it was a game that was won and lost due to Arsenal!?

 

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 AFC Bournemouth 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
2 Arsenal 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
3 Aston Villa 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
4 Brentford 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
5 Brighton & Hov… 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
6 Chelsea 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
7 Crystal Palace 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
8 Everton 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
9 Fulham 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
10 Leeds United 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
11 Leicester City 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
12 Liverpool 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
13 Manchester City 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
14 Manchester United 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
15 Newcastle United 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
16 Nottingham Forest 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
17 Southampton 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
18 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
19 West Ham United 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0

 

Why Arsenal?

 

When former Arsenal defender Calum Chambers brought down former Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock, the instant reaction of the referee was…Penalty! However, the contact by Chambers was a fraction outside the box, so the penalty decision was overturned and a free kick was awarded instead.

This is a hard lesson for Chambers, who has bided his time either on the Arsenal bench, or not in the squad at all. Playing with a team(Villa) who have lofty aspirations, means that clumsy challenges of this type will not be tolerated if repeated more than a time or two. For Willock, the former Arsenal midfielder, whose record goal scoring run last season for Newcastle meant a permanent transfer, his attacking thrust was good to see…even if the goals have practically completely dried up.

So, back to the penalty. Trippier fired home via a deflection, giving the financial backers of Newcastle solid hope of an unlikely survival in England’s top league for next season.

 

A Game Of Few Chances..

 

With one goal separating the two sides, it clearly was not a game flowing with chances. Villa did put the ball in the back of the net. However, even with the lines drawn, it is still hard to clearly see an offside(aside from the lines). Perhaps the game we love so much would benefit allowing extremely marginal calls to stand, and goals to be allowed.

For Villa, they came up against a Newcastle team who have floundered at the bottom of the table, and now spent their way into a period of optimism and motivation. We do hope that Newcastle stay up, they are a team rich in history. However, Villa fans will be sad to see Newcastle do so partly at their expense.

 

 

Londonlad
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