Newcastle United's search for their first win of the campaign goes on - after their 13th game ended in defeat to Arsenal.

The Gunners ran out two-nil winners and Newcastle are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table - knowing that Tuesday's clash with Norwich City is now a must-win.

The Magpies were fortunate to go into the break at The Emirates level-pegging after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang somehow failed to put Arsenal ahead - hitting the post from three yards out.

Jonjo Shelvey had forced Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale into a fine save but in truth, United were always looking second best.

The opener came with 55 minutes on the clock, Bukayo Saka firing home from close range after the United defence switched off.

The second came shortly after through Gabriel Martinelli, who like Saka, was able to ghost past the defence to fire home.

In the latest episode of The Everything is Black and White Podcast, Andrew Musgrove criticised the defending: "What was really frustrating about these goals was that in the first half, the warning signs were there.

"The space that Arsenal were being afforded

"Players either just standing off, not passing their man on - the opposition were just being allowed to run through the defence time and time again.

"Aubameyang's miss - what was more concerning was the build-up; you've got Saka down the left, he pulls the ball back, Smith Rowe is free in the box and he heads it but what is so frustrating is that there is no-one is around him, he is unmarked in the box.

"The closest man to him? Is his own teammate - Odegaard.

"It's basic stuff, who is marking these guys? The ball has come into the box and which Newcastle player is putting pressure onto these guys?

"It's a real, real worry."

If results go against Newcastle this weekend they could be eight points from safety before the visit of Norwich City.

Only one side out of five that has not won in a game in the opening 13 has gone on to achieve survival - and that was Derby County in 2000-01.

Howe's task to achieve safety is already looking daunting.

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