Tales of the expected unfold once again at the Emirates
A TOUGH footballing lesson from the mighty Arsenal is all Newcastle United have to stew over for the next fortnight after the Gunners recorded their third 3-0 win over the Mags this year.
Newcastle were simply pinned back from the start of the game and with the transfer deadline ready to slam shut on Monday, the paper thin squad (decimated further by James Milner's exit and an injury to Jose Enrique) have two weeks to lick painful wounds.
United were a million miles behind Arsenal before this game kicked off and while four points from the opening three games still probably puts Newcastle in credit when it comes to pre-season expectations, there are still several causes for concern for the Toon Army.
One of them being United's lack of cutting edge.
Not enough chances for the Mags today and even when they did break through on occasion the day was summed up when the only clear cut chance of the day in the first half resulted in Michael Owen steering the ball off his own man in the shape of Shola Ameobi.
Shola's inclusion underlined the lack of depth in a Toon team that struggled badly to carve up open some world class opposition.
And had it not been for Shay Given the scoreline could have been even worse.
The sight of Mike Ashley necking his half-time beer was certainly one United fans can associate with on a day when Newcastle just weren't at the races.