Date: 11th August 2019 at 10:00pm
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With empty seats all around St James’ Park, Newcastle went into the new season with a slight sense of optimism after a positive pre-season under new boss Bruce. managed to keep ahold of the majority of their spine in the shape of , , and Isaac Hayden. All three started against Arsenal and managed to keep Pierre Emerick Aubameyang quiet in the first half, but struggled after half-time and the Gabon international took advantage to give his side the lead. It was poor from Lascelles, who was caught in no man’s land on the edge of the box which allowed Aubameyang to get into acres of space to chip the ball over the onrushing Martin Dubravka. The 25-year-old captain had to stick touch tight to the Arsenal forward and failed to keep tracks of the Golden Boot award winner – something which his side paid the price for. Many Newcastle took to Twitter to react to their captain’s performance against Arsenal, slamming the defender for his poor contribution against .

NothingButNewcastle picked out some of the best responses below: