Newcastle United were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Despite a spirited display, the Magpies had no answer to four second-half goals from a rampant Gunners.
The first period saw Newcastle offer Mikel Arteta’s team all sorts of problems, but ultimately they failed to take their chances when they came along.
Steve Bruce’s men sit in 13th place in the Premier League and with 31 points they are seven clear of the relegation zone.
Newcastle signed three players during the January transfer window. Danny Rose, Valentino Lazaro and Nabil Bentaleb all arrived and the trio started the game on Sunday.
Bentaleb is on loan from Schalke and he lined up in central midfield at the Emirates Stadium.
The club does hold an option to sign the midfielder for £8.5 million during the summer transfer window.
It’s fair to say that he didn’t have the best of games and the jury will probably remain out on the 25-year-old for a few weeks.
Having arrived following a first-half of the campaign spent not playing football, it always seemed inevitable that a settling in period would take place.
A lack of match sharpness was evident during Sunday’s game and supporters took to Twitter to discuss the Algerian.
Here is a selection of tweets regarding the performance of Bentaleb.
Really poor today. Second half completely gave up.
— Shaun Durning (@SDMorpeth) February 16, 2020
Not sharp enough, too many mistakes, been here long enough to have settled now so maybe just need to accept he ain’t gonna get fit
— joe (@Futman11Jr) February 16, 2020
I hope theirs no obligation to buy.
— Angel🎅🎁🎄 (@01dunnn) February 16, 2020
— sonny irving ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️ (@SonnyIrving) February 16, 2020
— Josh Spence (@JoshSpency24) February 16, 2020
— Cory Jay Graham (@Coryjgraham) February 16, 2020
— Paul Fisher (@pfis175) February 16, 2020
Absolutely chronic – offers nothing whatsoever. Lazaro isn't much better.
The lead up to the Arsenal 2nd goal just about summed up the pair of them.
We can go on about centre fwds etc, but when you have no creativity at all in centre mid, you're on a hiding to nothing ! 🙉🙈
— Marko van Baston (@thebeerbunny) February 16, 2020
Very poor and of the pace
— Steve Thompson (@thompamoo) February 16, 2020