The pressure that has been mounting on Steve Bruce over the last few weeks was telling as the Magpies boss made a host of changes to the starting line-up and changing to a 4-4-2 setup. However, that failed to make much of a difference as they were swept away comfortably by an Arsenal side who had been struggling for home wins.
Krafth was one of the players brought into the side in place of DeAndre Yedlin at right-back, but the 26-year-old was culpable for the second goal which killed off the game. That came after he failed to deliver a good enough cross and then struggled to get back quick enough to prevent Emile Smith Rowe getting in behind and laying the ball off to the lively Bukayo Saka to slot home.
In total, the right-back attempted four crosses, none of which were successful, and he also gave the ball away on 10 occasions throughout the 90 minutes (Sofascore). That highlights that he was poor on the ball and ended up causing a lot of problems for the Magpies’ defence on the transition, especially during the second half.
Newcastle fans fume over Emil Krafth’s performance
Many Newcastle fans were left frustrated with Krafth’s lack of attacking threat and inability to get back in recovery after losing the ball. Here are some of the reactions to the 26-year-old’s performance, which one fan unceremoniously described as “atrocious”.
Get Krafth as far away from our team as possible #NUFC
— Tricky mags (@SheikhKhaledd) January 18, 2021
Kraft at fault for both goals.
Absolute embarrassment #Nufc
— Sensi Kev 🗡🇮🇪 (@kevymartins) January 18, 2021
Shelvey and Krafth look so out of place, how they collect the wages they do when neither can cross a football, this has been as bad as any other game this season #NUFC
— Gavin jones (@Gavinjo50888643) January 18, 2021
Krafth shouldn't play for Newcastle again. Walking back. At fault for both goals due to simply not being there.
Not good enough.#NUFC
— Magpie 24/7 (@Magpie24_7) January 18, 2021
Emil Krafth has got to be one of the worst players i have ever seen put on a Newcastle United shirt. #NUFC
— Jay (@Nufcjay1892) January 18, 2021
The determination off Kraft getting back for that goal was atrocious!!! 🤬🤬🤬#NUFC
— keith screaton (KEX) ⚫️⚪️ (@KScreaton) January 18, 2021
Emile krafth is awful. This team selection again is a mistake. Bruce has to go or we’re down. #NUFC
— kieran (@kingkie1994) January 18, 2021
Krafth couldn’t cross the road. Abysmal. #NUFC
— jordan wright 🎯 (@jordannwright97) January 18, 2021
Krafth and Lewis as full backs was a recipe for disaster. #NUFC
— Himanshu Dhingra (@HD_07) January 18, 2021