'This is absolutely soul destroying!': Newcastle fans react as Arsenal defeat extends winless run

Newcastle United are still searching for a first win of the new season - and fans have been quick to air their frustrations on social media.
Newcastle United fans have reacted to the Arsenal defeatNewcastle United fans have reacted to the Arsenal defeat
Newcastle United fans have reacted to the Arsenal defeat

Despite a positive first half performance, the Magpies were defeated by Unai Emery's Arsenal as goals from Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil handed the Gunners three points.

Ciaran Clark did net a late consolation goal for Newcastle, but it proved too little too late for Rafa Benitez's side.

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And supporters have been quick to react to another defeat on social media - with some mixed opinions.

Here's how supporters reacted after the Arsenal game:

@PaulNic_Journo said: "Today's game was a clear example of needing to capitalise when you're on top. Should have been ahead by half-time, and the game spun on a silly foul at start of 2nd. Always chasing the game after that. First half was a plus...second half was one to forget."

"Playing the top teams this early never a good thing. Worked out much better last season. Can’t afford to perform as poorly against middling teams as we have in previous years," added @Bengn87

@PaulThorne4 tweeted: "Not a good result for #nufc today however we have been playing the best teams. Hopefully we can start picking up the points we desperately need."

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"Poor second half from #nufc. No fight until 90th minute. Fixture computer gave us a difficult start but team has gone backwards from last season for sure," said @TheNeilFleming

@DHalimi17 posted: "Another tough loss to swallow for #NUFC. Great first half full of urgency, horrible second half. The tough string of matches is almost over though."

@tomabson_98 felt frustrated, adding: "Losing 2-1 to city, Chelsea, Tottenham and arsenal is so frustrating! They’re not bad results at all"

"I haven’t seen a worse team than us this season so far," said @marknicols though, who was less optimistic about the Magpies' chances.

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@JaneDowson was also frustrated, tweeting: "Frustrating again. Total game of two halves and another lesson in taking your chances. As much as I adore Rafa I can’t understand keeping Rondon and Shelvey on the bench!"

"Playing Hayden at home. He could of played Ritchie, Ki or even Perez there and started with Muto. Shocking tactics today and I called it before the game too," said @McDougalStephen

And @BenArfaChance said: "Anyone else seriously contemplating taking a break from football? This is absolutely soul destroying this. It's not just the results, it's the performances. Literally abysmal."