Newcastle United could not build on their impressive 0-0 draw with Manchester United last weekend, this time losing 1-0 to Arsenal after Fabricio Coloccini put through his own net at St James’ Park.
That said the Magpies’ fans can take great pride in their team’s efforts, after Newcastle played most of the match with 10 men after summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off for a foul on Francis Coquelin in the 16th minute.
It is also telling that it took an own-goal to finally defeat Steve McClaren’s side although it was very much a rear-guard action with Newcastle failing to register a shot on target in the entire match.
One player who did try to get forward and score was Florian Thauvin, who has already shown what he can do when he singlehandedly destroyed Northampton Town in the Capital One Cup last week.
This time the young Frenchman was unable to score or assist but he showed glimpses of the player he looks destined to become.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what Newcastle fans thought of Thauvin’s latest performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Thauvin looks like the player we hoped Cabella would be.— Marc Duffy (@MarcSDuffy) August 29, 2015
Wijnaldum, Thauvin & Haidara were excellent today. Only got beat 1-0 when we had 10 men for 70+ minutes and it took an own goal #nufc— Mark (@Markn456) August 29, 2015
Thauvin made a decent account of himself.I think. Shame he's not a better crosser though— Matty Dread (@billyjoelismint) August 29, 2015
I love Thauvin. He is not great but he is definitely good and handful.— Deen (@woodeenho) August 29, 2015
Florian Thauvin is impressive— Syakir (@IamSyakir) August 29, 2015
Thauvin has bee superb so far. Could turn out to be an excellent signing— Ali Ammar (@AliAimar14) August 29, 2015