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Carragher reacts to Nuno Tavares' foul throw in Arsenal loss at Newcastle

Jamie Carragher has told Monday Night Football (broadcast on 16/5; 22:05) that Nuno Tavares’ foul throw just before Arsenal conceded the opener against Newcastle was not acceptable, while he also noticed that the referee was not the one to give the decision to penalise the left-back.

The Gunners are now facing a huge task trying to secure top-four in the Premier League. Heading into their trip to St James’ Park, it was still in their own hands.

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However, Arsenal barely turned up on Tyneside. And they were punished as Newcastle scored twice in the second-half.

In fact, the deadlock was actually broken by Ben White putting the ball through his own net. The centre-back was unable to deal with a cross that had come about after Arsenal had lost a throw-in.

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Tavares threw the ball right into the ground and the decision went the other way. And Newcastle went on to get the ball down the other end and score.

Carragher noticed something interesting about the decision to award a foul throw, with the referee not looking at the action. But he also criticised Tavares for the mistake.

“This is interesting. Just keep an eye on the referee. The referee doesn’t give this. The referee now blows and you see the reaction, Jason Tindall and maybe it’s the linesman, it’s not the referee who gives that,” he told Monday Night Football.

“We’re talking top level football here, a foul throw is not acceptable, it’s just not.”

Nuno Tavares’ foul throw summed up Arsenal night at Newcastle

Arsenal barely got out of second gear at St James’ Park. And they cost themselves with a number of little mistakes. And Tavares’ foul throw summed up their evening.

When the players needed to prove that they could handle the pressure, they largely failed to turn up.

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