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Newcastle’s Premier League woes continued as the Magpies lost 2-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. With the magnitude of the work Eddie Howe must do really coming into focus.

After 13 Premier League games, the Toon remain winless with six draws and seven defeats. With Newcastle rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table heading into the festive period.

Indeed, even with the Saudi Arabia-backed takeover, survival in the English top-flight looks extremely unlikely with Norwich City picking up a point against Wolves over the weekend.

And the quality of players Howe must manage will make it even more difficult for the former Bournemouth coach to keep Newcastle in the Premier League. With a new image from yesterday’s loss summarising how poor the Magpies are in the defence.

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An image posted to Twitter shows Newcastle’s defensive shape seconds before Martinelli made it 2-0 to Arsenal. With the photo showing that the Toon were giving the Brazilian plenty of space and keeping him onside.

Whilst Newcastle were resilient in the first half, the restart saw the backline completely fall apart as Arsenal were unlucky to only score just two goals at the Emirates yesterday. With the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Alexandre Lacazette all coming close to adding to the 2-0 scoreline.

Newcastle fans fume over image of defence shape vs. Arsenal

Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

With January around the corner, Newcastle supporters will be praying for new arrivals to help save the club from relegation to the Championship. With defence the most important area that needs work.

Newcastle have been leaking in goals all season, and their defensive shape for Arsenal’s winning strike summed up their situation in a nutshell. With supporters on social media fuming at how the Toon handled Martinelli’s marking.

Here’s what some Newcastle fans had to say about their defensive shape for Arsenal’s second goal on Twitter…

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