Newcastle United were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.
Newcastle United's poor start to the season continued on Saturday afternoon as they were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal at St. James' Park.
The Magpies picked up just one point in their first four games of the season, though a tough fixture list – which has seen them take on Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester City.
It was Arsenal in Rafael Benitez's way on Saturday, and the Magpies again slipped to a defeat after a poor second half showing.
Granit Xhaka opened the scoring with a fine free kick, before Alexandre Lacazette's blocked shot fell for Mesut Ozil to place home the second.
Ciaran Clark did pull one back for Newcastle, but it was another defeat for the Magpies, who have still yet to win a game this season in any competition.
Benitez made some curious selection decisions, leaving Kenedy, Jonjo Shelvey and Salomon Rondon on the bench, and he bizarrely brought in Isaac Hayden for a start.
Hayden, as reported by The Chronicle, submitted a transfer request this summer in an attempt to leave Newcastle and return to the south of the country, but the ex-Arsenal midfielder was in the side on Saturday.
Hayden struggled, and Newcastle fans took to Twitter to slam his performance, suggesting that he clearly doesn't want to play for Newcastle anymore and should be sold in January, with one fan branding him a 'borderline disgrace' as supporters were angry that Benitez even picked him in the team after he asked to leave.
I understood every selection except Hayden. The lad doesn't want to be here.— Jack (@Jaaack_NUFC) September 15, 2018
Never one to single out but I just have to. Thought Isaac Hayden was a a borderline disgrace today, yet again.— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) September 15, 2018
If a player does not want to be here, they should not be near the starting eleven. #NUFC
Remember Coloccini wasn't the same player after he couldn't get his move back to Argentina cos of personal reasons, think similar might be happening with Hayden, would sell him in January #nufc #NEWARS #PL— Laurence Taylor (@laurence_1999) September 15, 2018
I think Hayden was one of them today. He clearly doesn't want to be here any more. #NUFC— Allan Brough (@AllanBrough) September 15, 2018
Quite clear from that game that Hayden does not want to be here #nufc— Ant (@furrygiblets) September 15, 2018
#nufc hayden told rafa he wants to leave he got sent off against Cardiff an today put in the most half hearted performance I've ever seen I hope he never plays for toon again we was poor all over but he seemed uninterested to me— alfie callaghan (@alfiestweets) September 15, 2018
Glad to see Hayden is showing full 100% commitment for the shirt since handing in a transfer request. :/— NUFC2018 (@NUFC2018) September 15, 2018
Shelvey at 50% is better than Hayden at 100% #nufc— NUFC_RAFALUTION (@NUFC_RAFALUTION) September 15, 2018