Morning all.

Newcastle Utd turned up at The Emirates with one thing in mind in my opinion. To rotationally foul our players, waste time, feign injury and get a point. Fine, if they want to play that way it’s their prerogative but, let’s have a group of officials who approach the game with one set of rules and that set of rules is applied to both sets of players.

Two Arsenal penalty shouts, only one checked as far as I could tell, the last one in the final moments of the game. Gabriel was having he shirt pulled off his back and he was tugged over but hey, that’s ok these days.

Mikel Arteta was angry during the game and I can understand why. I’d be more concerned if he deemed the antics of Newcastle acceptable. He was seething in his post match interview too.

They are two penalties, it’s very simple, I’m talking about what I’ve seen, now, and it’s two scandalous penalties.

In my opinion, we should have definitely been awarded one spot kick and it was so obvious, it shouldn’t have needed a VAR review. No one knows whether we’d have scored from it had it been given but it’s the principle. It’s evidence once more that the people officiating football in the Premier League, aren’t very good at their job.

As for the game, Arsenal started well and had a couple of early half chances but couldn’t find the target. Then, Newcastle just deployed every trick in the book to stop Mikel Arteta’s team from playing the game. Eddie Nketiah had a chance late in the game but the big frame of Pope got in the way. Joelinton had a late chance too but he fired his header high and wide.

Whether Arsenal played well or not is subjective but it must be difficult to play football against a team who will do anything to breakup a game.

I’m really proud, of the way we played, the way we dominated the game. We lacked that spark in the final third to find the opening to find the right moment and extra pass and a little bit the finishing quality. We had a lot of situations around the box to do better, – Mikel Arteta.

Mikel Arteta turned to his bench once with Takehiro Tomiyasu replacing Ben White. Whether that was because he didn’t trust his substitutes to change the game, or because the players on the pitch can have a rest now for ten days, I don’t know. But, I know what happened the last time Mikel Arteta made a number of changes in attempt to win the game and it wasn’t pretty. This time, we secured the point.

Dropping two points at home is disappointing, any dropped points are but it was bound to happen at some stage. I certainly don’t think it’s a disaster. Man City drew with Newcastle at The Etihad too.

We move onto the FA Cup with a short trip to Oxford next Tuesday. A game which should see most of those not involved last night in action. No one on four bookings need to be anywhere near the Kassam Stadium in my opinion.

Transfers this month?

I don’t know, it’s a question for Edu and the board to respond. We are trying to improve the squad in every window. This is no different, we will do our best because we cannot waste any window with the squad numbers that we have so we shall try.

Catch up in the comments..