Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle: If that was “gloves off” we’re going down with cold hands

If that was us playing with the “gloves off”, I dread to think what we would’ve looked like tonight with the gloves on.

The display was a typical abject poor show and the result keeps deep in the midst of the relegation fight. It really feels like this is only going to one way if Mike Ashley doesn’t come to his senses and sack Steve Bruce.

The reality of what we’re facing is scary and we need people with power to wake up and recognise that. It needs to be known that the two times we were relegated and then promoted before are not common things and I can’t see any single way that we could recover from this if we go down again.

Steve Bruce had said after the Sheffield United match that he wants the players to mirror himself and I want to reiterate to him that they are! He has a losing and negative mentality, and it is seeping further and further into the players.

I’m becoming desperate now. I’m desperate for something to happen somewhere because can I only see this going one way and it frightens me. The change needs to happen now. If this is delayed any further then there’s only one outcome and it doesn’t involve Steve Bruce becoming a managerial mastermind.

Bruce made eight changes from the Sheffield United match to make the team more attacking…in theory, at least.

Given that we had seen all of these players play in these positions before and play poorly (barring Darlow, M Longstaff and Wilson), I wasn’t filled with hope that suddenly Shelvey was going to run the midfield or that Joelinton was going to suddenly shine on the left, but it was certainly interesting to see that there was more positivity in the player picks than the match before.

I remember Bruce making a similar statement after a dire 0-0 draw with Brighton in 2019. He decided that now was the time to be completely attacking and dangerous, so naturally we lost 5-0 to Leicester. It really felt like he’d just got it the wrong way round. With Leicester’s quality, a more defensive display would have been sensible and a more attacking display against Brighton would have made sense. Starting this match, after the calamitous passive display against Sheffield United, I felt a big sense of déjà vu.

The key wasn’t to be “more attacking” or “less defensive”, it was a case of being more organised and planning to win the game. Bruce rightly spoke about the need for passion and pride in play but did he recognise that he had to instil that with pride in planning?

From the outset, it certainly seemed to be the case. There seemed to be a shape and there seemed to be a plan. One thing that was certainly prevalent was the clear sign of players chasing and harrying Arsenal.

Within 15 minutes, Arsenal started turning the screw though and Aubameyang missed a sitter in front of an empty goal and then slowly but surely Arsenal started turning the pressure up. Was this to be the result of Bruce doing it his way or was this a case of surviving a few waves with resolute defending before asserting ourselves again?

23 minutes in, we had our first attempt on the Arsenal goal with Almiron running from the halfway line on what seemed to be a promising counter attack but it petered out with indecision and ultimately a harmless shot off target.

One commentator, around 30 minutes, described the match as being under assault but that every now and then we stuck out “a jab”. Ultimately, with only little amount of time left to go, Bruce’s way seemed very much like the way we had seen plenty of times this season and last with the difference being that we were fighting back with as much effectiveness of a magpie fighting a cannon.

Darlow wasn’t being peppered with shots, which was a bonus, but the standing around and lame chasing had started to creep in. If we got around the opposition box, players seemed lost, dithered and in some cases nicked the ball off each other.

With all the positive planning, had they discussed what to do when they got near the thing with the net?

The end of the half left a question mark over the match and Newcastle. There were positive differences and some intent but, as mentioned by the commentators, there were still some of the same old passivity sneaking in.

Half-time and it resulted in the damning stat that this was now the 7th time in 18 Premier League matches in which we hadn’t had a shot on target in the first half…

The second 45 started scarily with a powerful shot from Lacazette forcing a brilliant save from Darlow and it didn’t take long afterwards for Aubameyang to fire Arsenal into the lead after Newcastle had overcommitted and Shelvey had poorly performed on a corner once again.

Our response to the goal wasn’t great and, if anything, Arsenal just kept pressing for a second, which they got on the 60th minute through a smashing goal by Saka.

Everything had become very familiar and our attacking prowess was completely null. Turns out that playing two at the top really is pointless if you can’t get the ball to them!

Bruce recognised the pointlessness of the two up front on the 68th minute when he subbed on Jacob Murphy for the Angel of the North impersonator, Andy Carroll, but by this point everything felt cemented (like Andy Carroll’s feet). What Bruce failed to recognise is that Carroll may have become useful had the player known for crossing the ball in Jacob Murphy had been on earlier and had been on with someone to effectively cross to.

Funnily enough, the uselessness continued and Newcastle were torn apart once again to allow Aubamayeng to add a third and it was around this time that I started staring at my cat and wondering how much easier life would be to be a cat.

This was not a good match and the déjà vu feeling of the Leicester match from 2019 raised its ugly face. This was not new from Bruce, no matter what he claims, and the result points to the same bare faced fact that he is not good enough and we are most probably going to be relegated with under his leadership.

This game means that we have no wins in our last NINE games, ONE goal from open play in 13.5 hours and SEVEN first halves this season without a shot on target.

This was not a reaction to Sheffield United match in anyway. There was nothing in this match. You can’t rest on seemingly having a plan for fifteen minutes; that doesn’t achieve anything.

The reality of this match are these stats:

  • Shots – Arsenal 20 / Newcastle 4
  • Shots on target – 6 / 1
  • Corners – 7 / 2
  • Possession – 66% / 34%

Bruce taking off his gloves seems to have only resulted in one thing: cold hands.

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145 thoughts on “Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle: If that was “gloves off” we’re going down with cold hands

  1. Hourihane isn’t getting much game time at Villa – he could be a good option for our midfield.
    I’m pretty sure it was Bruce that took him to Villa in the first place.

    He’s only got a year left on his contract so Villa might cash in. He’s 29 like so not one for the future.

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  2. Stuart: whenever we play Villa, Douglas Luiz has looked the best player on the pitch. Win or lose.

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  3. Not looking forward to Saturday at all. It is the midfield matchup that scares me. But Bruce will do it his way so I have no doubt we can keep to to Villa 3, NUFC nil. Need a Darlow masterclass to keep it to that.

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  4. If Barkley & Traore made better decisions Villa would be lethal up front. There was a couple of breaks where Barkley slowed it down or Traore should have passed it & they would have been in.
    Maybe that was just down to the long lay off, or maybe that’s why they are playing for Villa & not one of the top 6.

    They are a good team Villa though & were robbed tonight. I know by the letter of the law they say he wasn’t offside – but that was nuts!!.
    Harsh hand ball I thought too.

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  5. I see the antifa/BLM mob were on the rampage yesterday, Eric. What did Sacramento, Denver, Portland and Seattle do wrong to deserve that? They’re as thuggish as Trump supporters.

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  6. Stuart79:
    I see the antifa/BLM mob were on the rampage yesterday, Eric. What did Sacramento, Denver, Portland and Seattle do wrong to deserve that? They’re as thuggish as Trump supporters.

    You’ve got me wrong if you think I am in favour of violence for any political motivation. Havent seen any mention of this though, it has all been about the inauguration. You will probably say that is media suppression 🙂

    I was supposed to go to Portland when I was in Oregon a couple of months ago but called it off because of the idiots occupying the courthouse. I probably could have easily avoided them but thought – what’s the point. I was mainly scared of an escalation as there are also a lot of nutters with guns there who would occasionally turn up looking for a fight. I didnt want to be in a town I didnt know if a riot broke out.

    There is a strange phenomenon in America where even celebrations can turn into riots. Last time the Bulls won the NBA the “fans” went on a rampage downtown turning over cars and looting shops. Best to stay away from that, especially in Portland where they have machine guns.

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  7. Actually Stuart, I will probably go back to ignoring most politics. It was Trump that got me riled up because I thought he was crazy and bad for the country and for the world. Of course I will keep an eye on what the new administration do with Covid. If they get a handle on that the economy will bounce back pretty quickly because it is mainly tech and services now. Getting restaurants and bars open will be a big deal as that is where a lot of unemployment is and they live pay cheque to pay cheque.

    The other thing I will look out for is reversing Trump’s environmental policies. Allowing drilling and mining in pristine sites in Alaska and In Indian sacred lands is just typical of that man. I am pretty sure Biden will reverse Trump’s edicts.

    Stewie: I thought Seattle was a bit boring if I am brutally honest. When you go you can see the downtown in about a day. It is about the size of Newcastle. The character it had has been taken away by the influx of what they call “techboys” – young computer science grads with 6 figure incomes wanting everything to be like Starbucks, which is appropriate because that where Starbucks started. You have the extremely touristy and expensive seafront and then Amazon is basically buying up the whole downtown with these sanitized restaurants catering to their “techboys”. Luckily, I have a friend that lives there so he showed me more of the old Seattle.

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  8. Eric, we went last March on a two day stop before we went to Napa. I agree it wasn’t particularly special. Boeing factory apart.

    I do hope the media put Biden under the same scrutiny as they did with Trump. I would hate to think he will get an easy ride because he’s liberal. I’m not so sure.

    But my basic point is, Eric, that BLM/Antifa have been rioting and nobody seems to be too bothered or certainly the media don’t. Imagine if it was them nutters who support Trump…

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  9. Stuart: there are some gorgeous places to see outside Seattle if you are not going for work. To tell you the truth I might even skip Seattle entirely and go to Vancouver instead if you havent been.

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  10. We flew in and out of Vancouver and only had a day each time but the weather was so ****ty I spent most of it in bars having a drink.

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  11. I watched the Villa/City game again and they have a pretty good team. If we play the team that I have suggested we might have a shot because we will have some pace and energy. If Bruce plays Shelvey and Joelinton we will be overrun. It will be like playing with 9 men again. I dont care what people say about Gayle missing a few chances, he always puts a shift in and the ball doesnt just bounce off him (yes, I am referring to Jo).

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  12. Stuart79:
    We flew in and out of Vancouver and only had a day each time but the weather was so ****ty I spent most of it in bars having a drink.

    I was there for a conference and we had a boat trip into the Sound or whatever it is. Fog rolled in and couldnt see a bl00dy thing. So, just got drunk on the free booze. Rest of the time the weather was great, just not the bit where you wanted it to be good 🙂

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  13. the new guy first job in oval office was to throw the bust of Churhill out,does he hate England that much ffs

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  14. I am pretty much set on a 2 nil loss to Villa now but I think we stand a chance against Leeds if Bruce picks the right team. Gayle has to play and we have to change our corner taker. My choice would be Fraser but after him in order it would be:

    Jimmy Nail
    Blakey from On The Buses
    Stevie Wonder
    Ritchie
    Shelvey

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  15. icedog:
    the new guy first job in oval office was to throw the bust of Churhill out,does he hate England that much ffs

    Yes is the answer. A BBC journo asked him recently “Mr Biden can we have a word, it’s the BBC?” His reply was “BBC? I’m Irish!” Imagine if someone like Trump had said something similar to RTE about being British…

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  16. Stuart79: Yes is the answer. A BBC journo asked him recently “Mr Biden can we have a word, it’s the BBC?” His reply was “BBC? I’m Irish!” Imagine if someone like Trump had said something similar to RTE about being British…

    bloody hell mate

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  17. McGinn is suspended. Gives us a bit of a chance as I think he and Luiz would have overrun whoever our centre mids are.

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  18. Not defending Biden, but it was probably a joke. Maybe I am defending him.

    There is a strange vibe with a few people with Irish heritage over here. It is very few but I have ran into 1 or 2. I live next to an Irish Pub and not a peep there. Ages ago I was at a party and was given a hard time there by a couple of idiots because of my accent. The other thing that happened was before football was on TV so much I was watching an England WC game in an Irish Pub. There must have been 100 England fans but there were about half a dozen Irish cheering on the opposition. They were looking for trouble but the England fans just ignored them.

    Been to Ireland and there is not that vibe there. Maybe I just went to better places 🙂

    There is definately a Rangers/Celtic thing going on with a very, very small number who have never even been to Ireland. I really hope that Biden is not so small minded that he is in that category.

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  19. Actually, the pub that I met Stewie in over here shows Celtic games and attracts Scots and Irish. Never a bad word there. It is something that I have noticed very occasionally though, the anti-English thing!

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  20. Eric, I always find it really odd that people of Irish descent in other countries always play up to it and have all this pride in their roots etc… Never see it with English descent even though there’s an awful lot of it about in the US. One of Reagan’s grandparents was from Surrey yet we didn’t hear him going on about it all the time.

    What is do find strange about Biden is that his maternal side is Irish and we never hear the end of it, yet his paternal side is from Cambridge and one member of his family actually served in the RAF in the First World War. Not a sickie bird from Biden!

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  21. Eric, I was in a Irish bar in Syracuse a few years back and we were told before we went in not to be so loud that people could hear our accents. Mad or what!! I actually think American Irish feel like they have to be annoyed and angry with Brits because the narrative they’re fed is nasty Brits occupying our land bla bla bla. Most real Irish people I have ever might have been great in reality.

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  22. Same with me in Ireland. Went from Cork and all the way up the west coast to Limerick, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle and Ashford Castle. They couldnt have been nicer.

    That was 15 years ago. Probably changed now as all the Londoners have probably bought all the property and sent prices sky high 🙂

    I had the worst food I have ever had in my life in a pub in Limerick. I took a bite and nearly threw up and even went in for a second bite to see if it was really that bad. It was some god awful attempt at a lamb curry. You drive around and see all the lambs and think, that must be fresh and give it a try. Beware in Limerick.

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  23. Syracuse NY. That is pretty posh. Surprised you would run into problems there.

    I have been to just about everywhere in the US and Europe so anywhere you mention I have probably been 🙂 My ex-wife owns a European travel co.

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  24. Burnley are playing them better than we did even if they end up losing. That is what Bruce has been hanging his hat on recently that we got a draw against the red bindippers even though they should have beat us 4-0.

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  25. Eric Sykes:
    Syracuse NY. That is pretty posh. Surprised you would run into problems there.

    I have been to just about everywhere in the US and Europe so anywhere you mention I have probably been 🙂 My ex-wife owns a European travel co.

    Not posh in the part we were!

    By my friends live in a place called Marcellus which is in Skeneatles. Fantastic finger lakes! Beautiful part of the country.

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  26. EUFA thinking about switching Euros to 1 country. It should be England. Hasnt been since 1996 and WC since 1966. It makes so much sense as long as Boris gets his act together.

    Even since 1996 you have much better stadia:

    Emirates
    Etihad
    SJP
    New stand at Anfield
    London Stadium
    New Wembley
    Spurs Ground
    Extra capacity at Old Trafford
    New St Marys
    Stadium of Shyte, even

    Plus you still have Elland Rd and Villa Park. Millennium Stadium if you include Wales.

    It makes total sense. Their previous plan with 14 countries including fcn Azerbaijan made absolutely no sense even before Covid.

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  27. And… Burnley have caught us. It is typical Dyche. They look really, really sh!t and then suddenly out of nowhere he puts together a good run.

    Looks like the current bottom 3 and us now. We are playing for 17th even though we have a better squad than Brighton. Bruce gets Villa and Leeds and then that is it. I wouldnt even give him those games but I am thinking what Fatty will do.

    Funny thing is, I think we have a chance against Leeds.

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  28. Stuart: this is just for you because I am sure nobody else is interested. I watched CNN and they were talking about the attacks in Portland. There were 100 people. They said they were Antifa. Do you know where the first place they attacked was? The DEMOCRATIC National Office. They smashed windows and painted some anarchy signs. There were 5 arrests. I think these people are morons but there are not many of them. I dont think they know what they want.

    I wouldn’t mind sitting down with a few of them and seeing if they even know what an anarchy doctrine is. I bet they dont. They have more in common with the Proud Boys right wingers than us regular people.

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  29. We play the only PL game this weekend. I think we all expect to lose. The really consequential game is home to Leeds on Tuesday though. That could define our season. Win, and I think Bruce stays and we get a bit of a buffer. Lose, and we are in deep sh!t but it could lead to Bruce getting sacked.

    The other relegation battlers have very tough midweek games that they are very likely to lose but there is one pivotal game for us. On Wednesday, Fulham are away to Brighton. We will know our fate at Villa and at home to Leeds by then. Whatever happens I think we should be cheering for or draw, but after that a Brighton win.

    I hate this!!! Having to watch the results of other teams hoping they do us a favour because we are so sh!t. It seems like it has been ground hog day with this for the last 10 years. With Pards, McClaren, Shearer, Ugly John, Bruce, and YES Rafa. He had us on some awful runs as well and we were often in relegation places until after Christmas.

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  30. Eric Sykes: us regular people.

    Easy to spot you regular people. You’re the ones playing pinball.
    And put in your ear plugs
    Put on your eye shades
    You know where to put the cork

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  31. The government thinking about giving £500 to someone who tests positive for Covid. Now we’re told it’s not enough. Jesus! I thought everyone in this country was on minimum wage and zero hour contracts…

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  32. Stuart79:
    The government thinking about giving £500 to someone who tests positive for Covid. Now we’re told it’s not enough. Jesus! I thought everyone in this country was on minimum wage and zero hour contracts…

    Is that for 10 days Stu ?, seems reasonable enough, though high earners will likely moan . What about part timers and zero hour workers ? They are the ones missing out as don’t qualify for SSP in many cases. My daughter has just had to use holiday pay to cover her hours self isolating.

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  33. Oh hang on positive , Hazel is not positive just told to isolate because was in contact with positive case.

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    They at least need to give us the chance to BUY the second dose of the #Vaccine ourselves.

    Denying people the second dose at 21 days is against the manufacturer guideline & Off-label use.

    Have to say i agree with this, the delaying of the second dose in it’s correct time frame seems foolhardy to me. Iget they want to get as many as possible vaccinated but this route seems ill thought out.
    If the drugs manufacturer states no tests have been carried out to see how good efficacy is with longer spaced doses then how can Government be certain they are not doing more harm than good and wasting vaccines and tax payers money too.
    Imagine coming out of lockdown strolling around without a care in the world thinking you are safe when you are not much safer than the person still waiting on their first dose.

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  35. And Mathew wright who’s entire family had covid symptoms and all took a covid test have never got their results back !

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  36. kimtoon:
    And Mathew wright who’s entire family had covid symptoms and all took a covid test have never got their results back !

    I don’t know anybody who hasn’t had their results back, Kim. He must be very unlucky. And who’s his “entire family”? His wife and child…

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  37. kimtoon:
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    My legal-challenge to the government about delays to the second dose of Pfizer goes live today:see
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    I was the government-appointed Voice of Older People 2008-2011. I have been isolating since March and working, via Zoom, as a journalist, President of Birkbeck University and House of Lords member.
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    They at least need to give us the chance to BUY the second dose of the #Vaccine ourselves.

    Denying people the second dose at 21 days is against the manufacturer guideline & Off-label use.

    Have to say i agree with this, the delaying of the second dose in it’s correct time frame seems foolhardy to me. Iget they want to get as many as possible vaccinated but this route seems ill thought out.
    If the drugs manufacturer states no tests have been carried out to see how good efficacy is with longer spaced doses then how can Government be certain they are not doing more harm than good and wasting vaccines and tax payers money too.
    Imagine coming out of lockdown strolling around without a care in the world thinking you are safe when you are not much safer than the person still waiting on their first dose.

    Our scientists, epidemiologist, vaccine experts and MHRA are amongst the most revered in the world. I trust them.

    This Bakewell woman is selfish beyond belief. Who on earth does she think she is? As long as she’s ok **** everyone else it sounds like to me.

    And Kim even if Israel is correct (and there’s no guarantee yet) it’s still gives 35-50% protection after one jab. Any sensible person would accept that level of protection if it meant a lot more people also getting partial protection rather than just a few.

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  38. Stu, it was 4 members of his family and i know of at least 3 different people who have had the same experience and also read of many more.

    Joan Bakewell may well be selfish, when it comes to our health aren’t we all? The point remains that NO tests have been carried out to ascertain efficacy in a longer gap between vaccines and more to the point the drug manufacturer doesn’t recommend it.

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  39. Stu, Also, how long does that protection last if it’s only between 40 and 50% ? Some say around 5 months others say less and others say we simply don’t know.
    Makes it even more important to give both within the set time scale.
    I’m in group 6 by the way so i am not coming at this from a selfish view point, i just question the wisdom of their plan as we are all entitled to do.
    We could be wasting millions of vaccines here, we are the only country doing it like this, if it’s the correct approach why are no others doing it ?

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  40. My 88 year old Aunt in Newcastle got the 1st shot 2 weeks ago. She has been told she will get the next one mid-March.

    My Mam also received a letter this week saying she was ready to get the shot. She tried to schedule and found out that it was somewhere on the quayside. That’s 7 miles away and she doesnt have a car. I think a computer just throws out the appointments and they are working on getting somewhere closer but she can get my nephew to drive her if it is in the Evening or Weekend.

    I am not really criticising apart from a couple of things. When she called to ask for another option they offered Bishop Aukland and Middlesboro. You know, much further away. She also said that the NHS would pay for a taxi but then she would have to make her own way back meaning a bus or a taxi that she would pay for – probably 20 quid.

    I am actually not complaining about this as at least they are getting the vaccine out to people. It just seems there are some gaps in the logistics. Not unusual for any Govt services. It is the same here in the US, probably much worse as there was no national plan until yesterday.

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  41. kimtoon:
    Stu, Also, how long does that protection last if it’s only between 40 and 50% ? Some say around 5 months others say less and others say we simply don’t know.
    Makes it even more important to give both within the set time scale.
    I’m in group 6 by the way so i am not coming at this from a selfish view point, i just question the wisdom of their plan as we are all entitled to do.
    We could be wasting millions of vaccines here, we are the only country doing it like this, if it’s the correct approach why are no others doing it ?

    Kimtoon: the US are doing it the same way and are actually well behind the UK in number of doses per capita. The reasoning is that they want to get as many with the first dose and that they should have supply chain problems sorted out so they can get the second in a reasonable amount of time. Of course they were left in the lurch by Trump ignoring this from day 1 and said they were shocked at how little planning there had been. Good riddance you orange monster. No country has been able to deal with this virus but at least they tried and didnt tell people it was a hoax.

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  42. Looks like Schar and Lascelles as centre backs now. PLease not Krapth. I think the team will look like this with the one wishful thinking player on my part – Gayle. If he keeps Dwight on the bench and plays Joelinton you will probably hear my scream in Newcastle.

    Darlow

    Manq Lascelles Schar Dummett

    Matty Hayden

    Fraser Gayle Miggy

    Wilson

    Probably a bit too attacking but why not. Bruce says he want to play “on the front foot”.

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  43. Do you know there has been no contact tracing in the US? All there was is that the authorities advised that if you had come into contact with a covid victim that you self isolate. They left it entirely up to the people themselves to know who had covid, no follow up at all. I mean, if you worked in an office and someone you only met occasionally got it you probably wouldnt even know.

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  44. kimtoon:
    Stu, it was 4 members of his family and i know of at least 3 different people who have had the same experience and also read of many more.

    Joan Bakewell may well be selfish, when it comes to our health aren’t we all? The point remains that NO tests have been carried out to ascertain efficacy in a longer gap between vaccines and more to the point the drug manufacturer doesn’t recommend it.

    Just because everyone isn’t doing it doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing to do. Would you rather have 6m individuals have had one jab and have 50% protection (similar to flu jab btw) or be like France and do two jabs and have circa 1m vaccinated?

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  45. Eric Sykes:
    Do you know there has been no contact tracing in the US? All there was is that the authorities advised that if you had come into contact with a covid victim that you self isolate. They left it entirely up to the people themselves to know who had covid, no follow up at all. I mean, if you worked in an office and someone you only met occasionally got it you probably wouldnt even know.

    Eric, contact tracing only works as good as the participants and my experience in this country is that there are plenty who have no intention of ever using it correctly and following the rules. When they get caught they say the rules are too hard to follow!

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  46. Bruce is a total idiot. Who but a fool makes a statement that he will do it “his way” before the Arsenal match? All you had to do was look at the numbers. We had lost 14 of the last 15. They have OUR number. So now after the inevitable second half non-performance and collapse Bruce is backtracking and saying he will play horses for courses. Oh well! That second half was probably the worst this season and 2nd worse of his tenure after Leicester away when we were down to 10 men. Maybe on par with Brighton.

    So, well done Steve, you opened your big fat gob at exactly the right time. When we lose to Villa how about some words on the keyboard warriors and how you will not give up and will fight to the end. You big fat fck, get out of our club.

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  47. Also, Bruce said in his press conference today that he wants to play 20 or 30 yards further up the pitch. Walk before you run Stevo. Howabout have 2 banks of 4 instead of 1 bank of 8. Have us play 10 yards further up the pitch and not have the defenders 1st thought to pass back to Darlow to give it a hoof. His kicking has gone backwards again recently. And finally, Shelvey is not a quarterback, he does not need to sit on the toes of the defender and the other midfielders should be allowed to try the odd forward pass.

    You know Steve, you do not have to suddenly become all high press. You can make a few easy changes that will make us harder to play against and more attacking. You would also be better served working on corners and free kicks. Why is he never asked about these? Are the journos p#ssies or scared of being banned?

    I would give Fraser a go at corners. It is not as though he is any aerial threat.

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  48. He really does not have a clue does he. We lose, he makes 8 changes and goes back 4. Now he changes his mind again and says maybe back 5 but we will play 20 or 30 yards higher. He’ll probably make 5 changes. These are necessary but only coz he chose a stuoid team against Arsenal. Then he will probably chase the game at 1-0 down and St Max will get another hamstring injury that will put him out for a month. Gayle better at least be on the bench and I want to see no sign of Shelvey. Grealish will eat him alive.

    Good news, McGinn is out.

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  49. And had Bruce actually watched ANY of Arsenal’s recent games? He puts on Lewis who had been having a nightmare recently defensively against Saka and Smith Rowe. Then Krafth who is pretty useless allround against Aubamayang who always drifts out to the left wing when Lacazette plays. What do the 3 Steves do all week. Obviously not practice corners, we already know that. But do they ever watch any video of the opposition?

    I am sure this week they will tell the squad to just let that Grealish fellow run at you around our box as he always tries to stay on his feet.

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  50. Hope we appoint a new coach. Something has to change. However, there is no way Fatty will have 3 assistant coaches so look for one of the Steves to leave. Good riddance as well, I would sack both of them.

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  51. Eric, Didn’t realise the states were doing it too, interesting. There are reports today that the NE have had their quota of vaccine halved as well, no idea how true that is, it just popped up in a chronicle link.

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  52. Stu, it’s not about what I would rather, stop twisting what i am saying. I am simply questioning why we would go against the drug manufacturers own tests and guide lines .

    This is not a tory bashing post, it never was so get off your high horse. I would question any Government/country doing this. Anyway the question is really for the scientist and Health ministers who are advising the government to do this.
    Yet when these questions are put to them, the best they can say is we THINK the longer gap will be ok.
    The manufacturers are not saying that is the way to go, far from it, they just say our tests say 21 days between doses.
    Who to believe is all i’m saying.

    This is an interesting read from the BMJ, it’s balanced . https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n18
    This bit stood out for me as it’s the over riding worry that i have.

    Could the gap lead to vaccine resistant strains of SARS-CoV-2?
    Paul Bieniasz, a retrovirologist from Rockefeller University who is studying how the virus can acquire mutations, has warned that the UK was taking a gamble that risked fostering vaccine resistant forms of the virus. He told the news site STAT, “My concern, as a virologist, is that if you wanted to make a vaccine-resistant strain, what you would do is to build a cohort of partially immunized individuals in the teeth of a highly prevalent viral infection.”14

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  53. I’m hardly on my high horse, Kim. But your original comment gave the impression that you don’t think it’s the right way. I just asked you if you would prefer the French way for instance that’s all. Which way would you prefer?

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  54. Stu, i prefer the correct way as laid out by the drug manufacturer according to their own tests and trials.
    Clearly there is a global shortage of vaccines, it’s that that seems to be the driving force behind the change in dosage gaps. I get that and the thinking behind it but is it the right thing to do, not sure.

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  55. Indoor dining can resume in Chicago next week at a reduced capacity of 25%. That does mean I can go to the pub though. Yeh. I can also go to a museum as well. The Art Institute of Chicago has a massive new modern wing I havent seen. They had masterpieces in their basement for years and had to build this to show them.

    Been stuck in the house too long and have to get out! It is not like the football has been a distraction for me. If anything it has made me depressed, and I am not someone who gets depressed.

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