Newcastle United looked set up to cause a shock as they travelled to The Emirates on Monday night.
Rafa Benitez might never have won in Arsenal’s back yard throughout his storied managerial career but, with a well-drilled defence, pace on the flanks and an in-form front three of Ayoze Perez, Miguel Almiron and Salomon Rondon, the Gunners’ should have had plenty to worry about.
So you can imagine the disappointment among the Tyneside faithful then when the referee blew the final whistle with the scoreline standing at 2-0. Arsenal simply swatted aside a Newcastle side who were so under par at both ends of the pitch, Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette on target in North London.
On a night of poor performances, DeAndre Yedlin was probably the worst of a bad bunch. The USA speedster produced one of his worst displays in Newcastle colours since he joined for £5 million three years ago (the Mail).
Yedlin provided nothing going forward, gave the ball away time and again. And to make matters worse, it was he who inadvertently set up Ramsey’s first-half opener. Maybe it is time Benitez started looking for upgrades.
#nufc Diame, Yedlin, we need better players than these guys. They don't deserve to start a game— adewunmi alawoya (@a_alawoya) April 1, 2019
I’d rather have Warren Barton back than Yedlin. #NUFC— Micky Campbell (@MickyCampbell72) April 1, 2019
If Rafa is serious about Top 6 or Top 8 Diame and Yedlin can't be at #NUFC next season.— Himanshu Dhingra (@HD_07) April 1, 2019
After years of watching him play, DeAndre Yedlin can only be viewed as a massive disappointment. He'll still find a place on the #USMNT, but he's consistently a weak link in Newcastle's defense and hasn't progressed at all after a few years of Premiership competition. #NUFC— Erik Thompson (@eriktmpls) April 1, 2019
Yedlin is truly truly horrendous. Manquillo is far superior defensively. The bloke is clueless. What on earth is he doing there. Clear it #nufc— Kevin Nichol (@Kevin_Nichol) April 1, 2019
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