'Completely disheartening' - Steve Bruce's approach questioned as Newcastle United fall to Arsenal defeat

Make no two ways about it, that was a massive opportunity blown for Newcastle United.

Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 4:17 pm

And it is almost criminal that Steve Bruce’s side failed to lay a glove on a bang average Arsenal team.

United were up against a side whose only Premier League win in their last five matches came at basement boys Sheffield United.

It was painful to watch Arsenal breeze through a game knowing fine well how vulnerable they really are defensively.

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Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce.(Photo by MOLLY DARLINGTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Three points and top-flight survival was all-but-guaranteed but Newcastle, in truth, never looked like scoring.

The approach FROM the off was completely disheartening.

Fans had longed to live the day Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin were back playing together.

Wilson, barely got a touch. Saint-Maximin, in patches, showed his quality. The midfield was just completely over ran.

So, heading into the final four games of the season, Newcastle will target their next win in the penultimate game against Sheffield United.

A nine-point gap should still be enough but wins for Fulham and West Brom in the meantime could create a few extra nerves.

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