Carver rues defensive errors for Giroud goals

The Magpies conceded twice in four minutes to the Arsenal striker and could not recover, despite Moussa Sissoko getting one back

Newcastle manager John Carver was left frustrated by the defensive errors that cost his team in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat by Arsenal.

An Olivier Giroud double put the Gunners two up at half-time, with both of his goals coming as a result of poor defending from set-pieces.

Moussa Sissoko pulled one back in the 48th minute for Newcastle, who were left to settle for a valiant defeat despite piling pressure on Arsenal in a frantic second half.

“I’m exhausted, to be honest. I think I’ve kicked every ball,” Carver told the press afterwards.

“What I will say is: what a fantastic performance by the 11 boys, plus Jonas Gutierrez coming on and giving a performance like that. I’m so proud of them.

“We’ve scored an Arsenal-type goal, haven’t we? Great build-up play down the right-hand side, a cut back and what a finish by Moussa Sissoko.

“What is disappointing is the type of goals we have conceded. Two from set-plays – they haven’t opened us up.

“I thought we started the game quite well. There wasn’t much in it. We had a nice shape to the team and there weren’t any problems and that’s why it is a little bit frustrating. When you concede so many laterals, eventually you are going to get punished and we did.”

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