I do not often write three pieces in such a short space of time but feel the need given the way in which some people are twisting what has been written to suit their own warped needs. Some people seem to think we were useless today, I disagree, that's not to say I think we were good, we were not, we were moderate.
We lost directly as a result of a poor goalkeeping error from Lucasz Fabianski. He came for high ball, was beaten easily by Carroll and Newcastle held on to this one goal lead for the second half. We huffed and puffed but couldn't blow the door down. We had the odd chance, Nasri and Cesc in the first half, Cesc in the second, a few half chances here and there, but it just wasn't to be.
I have criticised Mike Dean's performance strongly, I stand by this, he was useless and has been useless pretty much every time I have seen the officious little man in charge of a Premiership game. Whether it was his inconsistency, his inability to play the advantage or his lack of understanding of the game, he was generally poor throughout. I do not blame Dean for our defeat, this was down to Fabianski, our lack of cutting edge and Newcastle's excellent organisation. Still, Dean was sh*t and I stand by this.
A lot of nonsense will be spouted after this defeat. Outfield wise we were somewhere in between good and bad, the bottom line was that another bad individual error has cost us dear. Who knows what would have happened if we had gone in at half time with the scores level at nil nil? Arsene has a big decision to make now, does he persist with the hapless Fabianski or does he throw the young Pole Szczesny into the mix? I know what I would do.