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Full-time: Newcastle United 0-1 Arsenal

  • Aleksandar Mitrovic sent off in the first half for Newcastle
  • Arsenal denied a clear penalty following Florian Thauvin's challenge on Hector Bellerin
  • Fabricio Coloccini deflects Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's shot beyond the reach of Tim Krul for the winning goal
  • Newcastle still searching for their first league victory under Steve McClaren
Aleksandar Mitrovic
Aleksandar Mitrovic's 16th-minute red card left Newcastle with 10 men for most of the afternoon Getty

So there ends a volatile affair in which Newcastle huffed and puffed but were always battling against the odds following that costly early bout of ill-discipline that saw Mitrovic dismissed.

Arsenal were more than comfortable in the end and Cech was very rarely called into action throughout the 90 minutes. However, one deflected goal to show for their dominance and plethora of shots is another worrying return and will only increase calls for Wenger to invest in a new striker over the coming days.

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Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

A late chance for substitute Giroud goes begging as Krul makes a very unconventional save. That is it.

Coloccini is now the sixth player to enter the referee's notebook following a strong challenge on Coquelin. Looked harsh, that.

Three minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official. Can Newcastle muster a late response or are Arsenal on for their second away victory of the season?

Janmaat deflects Sanchez's shot behind. Monreal then tries his luck from the resulting corner but Krul holds comfortably.

Arsenal playing keep-ball now, content to work it around and wait for an opening rather than invite any unnecessary pressure on the counter-attack.

Newcastle will have to take a risk here if they are to avoid defeat, you feel. A final throw of the dice from McClaren as Siem de Jong comes on in place of Thauvin.

Five minutes plus added time remaining.

10 minutes remaining and Oxlade-Chamberlain is replaced by Mikel Arteta. The former looked to be limping a little bit there as he made his way to the bench.

Giroud nods Cazorla's corner across goal but Sanchez is unable to get a clean shot away.

Krul then saves a low shot from Giroud before racing off his line to deny the rampaging Sanchez.

Papiss Cisse on for Newcastle in place of Sissoko.

Giroud's first real involvement in proceedings is to send a shot high over the crossbar following good work from Sanchez.

McClaren has made his first substitution of the afternoon, introducing Perez at the expense of Anita.

Giroud is now on in place of Walcott, who will have done little to appease Arsenal supporters who remain certain that Wenger needs to sign a marquee striker before Tuesday's transfer deadline.

Another chance for Arsenal as Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain work a shooting angle for Cazorla who stings the palms of Krul.

Walcott is playing out on the left flank now with Oxlade-Chamberlain joining Sanchez in the middle. Giroud preparing to enter the fray.

Newcastle carved open down their right-hand side as Sanchez and Monreal combine to good effect. The Spaniard provides a low ball for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who can only send his shot wide.

That effort will likely go down as an own goal given that Oxlade-Chamberlain's shot looked to be drifting wide before it struck the unlucky Coloccini.

Sanchez comes close to doubling Arsenal's lead shortly before the hour-mark after being set-up by Ramsey but Krul makes a smart save.

Arsenal finally take the lead and it's a little harsh on Newcastle. Ramsey's shot is parried by Krul and Oxlade-Chamberlain takes the rebound on his chest before firing home via a huge deflection off the foot of Coloccini.

Goal: Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain)

Yellow cards are being showered around like confetti at St James' Park as Cazorla is the first Arsenal player booked for a challenge on Georginio Wijnaldum and the latter is cautioned for his angered reaction.

Two minutes after the break and Newcastle have another player in the book. This time Vurnon Anita is punished following a tussle with Sanchez.

The teams are back out and the second half is now upon us. No changes from McClaren or Wenger.

McClaren will be relieved to have gone in at half-time with the score still level after his team demonstrated a worrying lack of discipline throughout the opening 30 minutes and were also very fortunate indeed not to have conceded a penalty.

A lack of goals remains a real concern for Arsenal, who have monopolised possession for the most part, although they are now having to contend with Newcastle wisely packing their 10 men behind the ball.


Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal

An acrobatic effort from Oxlade-Chamberlain comes to nothing and the half-time whistle sounds.

To their credit, Newcastle are beginning to come into this a little following a very poor start. Thauvin looks a threat when he picks up possession on the counter and suave centre-back Mbebma, known for his habit of showing up to matches in a tuxedo, has just launched a driving run from the heart of defence.

Still goalless.

Committed - and clean - defending from Newcastle as Ramsey is teed up by Bellerin but sees his shot well-blocked.

Mbemba then makes a fantastic distracting challenge to ensure Walcott is unable to finish from Sanchez's low cross.

A moment to forget for Walcott as he spurns the chance to turn Arsenal's man advantage into a 1-0 lead.

Sanchez lets fly with a powerful effort from distance that Krul saves but cannot hold. All the England international has to do is fire the rebound home but instead he lofts it over the crossbar to ironic cheers from behind the goal.

The home supporters are becoming very hostile towards the referee, although in truth they are extremely fortunate that he opted against awarding a penalty for Thauvin's earlier foul on Bellerin.

A reckless tackle from Thauvin on Coquelin results in yet another yellow for Newcastle, whose complete lack of discipline in this opening 30 minutes has been quite astonishing.

Arsenal are dominating possession and unless they regain some semblance of defensive composure, it is not unthinkable that the hosts could end this game with less than 10 men.

Many claiming that foul was not as bad as it first appeared, although Mitrovic's reputation may have preceded him.

The Serbian international, who joined Newcastle from Anderlecht in a £13m deal last month, was booked just 11 seconds after coming on as a substitute against Southampton on his debut and was also yellow carded in the defeat at Swansea.

He is only 20-years-old, although will no doubt need to mature quickly to avoid further punishment.

Newcastle have started this game firmly on the backfoot and things go from bad to worse as Mitrovic is dismissed for a dangerous, studs-up challenge on Francis Coquelin.

Chancel Mbemba is also cautioned for a cynical foul on Alexis Sanchez and Jack Colback is very fortunate to avoid a yellow card of his own for bringing down Ramsey. McClaren's side must show better discipline here.

Red card: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle)

Marriner certainly won't want to see that again. Arsenal have already had one poor decision go against them this week, with Wenger rightly bemoaning the assistant referee for ruling out a perfectly good Ramsey goal during the 0-0 draw with Liverpool.

At the other end, Sissoko breaks forward for Newcastle but his shot is scuffed wide of Cech's right-hand post.

Another sniff of goal for the visitors as Santi Cazorla slides in Ramsey but Krul parries as the offside flag is belatedly raised.

Arsenal are then denied what looked a stonewall penalty as Oxlade-Chamberlain feeds Bellerin and he is denied the chance to run at Fabricio Coloccini as Thauvin treads on his ankle from behind.

A real opportunity for Arsenal as Oxlade-Chamberlain lofts the ball out wide to an onrushing Hector Bellerin. The Spaniard cushions a lovely pass beyond Massadio Haidara and into the penalty area, but Tim Krul races off his line to deny Walcott.

No chances of note to speak of just yet, with Petr Cech alert to claim a cross from Thauvin.

Early danger on the break for Newcastle but Aaron Ramsey's pass is overhit and nothing comes of a promising Arsenal move.

Just three minutes elapse before the first yellow card of the afternoon as Sissoko enters the referee's notebook for a late foul on Nacho Monreal.

Andre Marriner has blown his whistle and we are underway in the first Premier League fixture of the weekend.

The corresponding fixture last season saw a 2-1 win for Arsenal, with an effort from Sissoko not enough to cancel out Giroud's first-half brace.

Giroud also notched twice in a 4-1 rout against Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium in mid-December. Santi Cazorla was the other player to help himself to two goals that day.

Perhaps the most memorable fixture between these two sides came in February 2011, when the Gunners were in cruise control leading 4-0 after just 26 minutes but only ended up claiming a point courtesy of a late fightback from the likes of Joey Barton, Leon Best and Cheick Tiote.

Just over 10 minutes until kick-off in this one. Newcastle have not beaten today's opponents at St James' Park for a decade, while Arsenal have won each of their last seven fixtures against the Magpies and scored 20 times in the process.

Regular goals have obviously been difficult to come by for Arsenal of late, however, so McClaren may have reason to be confident of securing another clean sheet.

Newcastle are still searching for a first league victory under McClaren of course, with that aforementioned hard-fought draw against Manchester United preceded by a disappointing defeat to Swansea and a 2-2 stalemate at home to Southampton.

As for Arsenal, they have begun the campaign in typically underwhelming fashion. Although they secured a victory at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago, a defeat and a goalless draw from two home games against West Ham and Liverpool respectively has left a sense of frustration.

Arsenal have sought to reassure fans over Ozil's absence...

Newcastle also show three changes from the side that held Manchester United to a goalless draw at Old Trafford last weekend, with new signing Florian Thauvin making his first Premier League start following his debut goal in the Capital One Cup victory over Northampton in midweek.

Midfielder Moussa Sissoko also returns to action after a groin problem and Daryl Janmaat is recalled by Steve McClaren having served the one-match ban handed down for his red card against Swansea.

Gabriel Obertan, Ayoze Perez and Steven Taylor all drop to the bench.

The most striking aspect of that team news is that the struggling Olivier Giroud has been dropped to the bench as Arsene Wenger opts to field Theo Walcott in his preferred central forward role.

Laurent Koscielny returns to the starting XI for Arsenal after missing Monday's goalless draw against Liverpool with a minor back problem, with Calum Chambers listed among the substitutes. Gabriel continues to deputise for Per Mertesacker, who has not managed to recover from an illness.

Mesut Ozil also misses out with a knee injury and has been replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Wijnauldum, Thauvin, Mitrovic

Subs: Darlow, Taylor, Tiote, Obertan, De Jong, Perez, Cisse

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Sanchez, Walcott

Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Chambers, Arteta, Campbell, Giroud

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