Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle: Premier League – as it happened
Nick Ames braved the wind and the rain at the Emirates, and here’s his report. Off you click! Thanks for reading this MBM.
Mikel Arteta’s turn. “In the first half we played how we wanted but without being a real threat. The first half was too slow and we did not occupy certain spaces. In the second we changed a few things and started in a different way, our rhythm was much better. Saka’s goal was great, it’s what you need against a low block.”
Eddie Howe speaks to BT Sport. “It was good for the first 30 to 35 minutes. We were solid but creaked a little before half-time, and probably the same after half-time until the goal. Then obviously you’ve got the penalty incident and the second goal. Ramsdale made a couple of great saves. So we were close and it could have been different. To me it looked like a penalty but I’d need to see it again. It wasn’t, and we needed to defend the second goal better. But you saw a committed team and ended the game strongly. We never dropped our heads. It’s a big task ahead of us, but I saw positive signs.”
Arsenal remain in fifth, but consolidate their position ...
... while Newcastle remain in serious bother.
FULL TIME: Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United
A comfortable bounce-back victory for Arsenal in the end. Newcastle remain the only winless club in the top four divisions, and are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.
Updated at 2.28pm GMT
90 min +4: Saint-Maximin spins in the centre circle and dribbles with balletic grace down the middle. But his attempt to free Wilson with a slide-rule pass is intercepted. Lovely run, though.
90 min +3: ... so having said that, Murphy makes his way down the right and rolls a cross into the box for Wilson, who can’t connect. Ramsdale gathers.
90 min +2: Newcastle ping it around the back, damage limitation seemingly the aim now.
90 min +1: Actually, there might be more than four added minutes, because Martinelli took a whack on the jaw while being eased off the ball by Lascelles, and is down grimacing quite a lot.
90 min: On BT, co-commentator Steve McManaman gives the man of the match award to Saka. Can’t complain with that decision. There will be four added minutes.
89 min: Tomiyasu sends a long pass down the right for Martinelli, who breaks into the box but hesitates and is forcefully - but legally - barged off the ball by Lascelles. Goal kick.
88 min: Hayden comes on for Shelvey.
87 min: Lacazette threatens to break clear in the Newcastle box down the right. But he can’t control. He tries to dribble past Dubravka but the keeper wins that battle easily. Newcastle go up the other end, Saint-Maximin driving a shot goalwards from a tight angle on the left. Ramsdale parries, the ball dropping to Almiron, who should cream a first-time shot goalwards, with the keeper prone, but decides to shift his feet. He doesn’t have the time for such luxury and the chance is lost.
85 min: Elneny comes on for Partey.
84 min: Smith Rowe executes a perfect slide tackle on Almiron. The crowd enjoyed that one.
82 min: Willock nips in from the left and curls towards the top corner. Ramsdale claims easily. The Arsenal keeper has had very little to do in this second half.
81 min: Martinelli romps down the middle and slips Lacazette into the box down the left. Lacazette slaps a shot into the side netting from a tight angle.
80 min: Tavares barrels down the left and curls a luscious ball to the feet of Martinelli, on the edge of the D. Martinelli can’t control. A better touch, and he’d have been one on one with Dubravka and it’d surely have been 3-0.
79 min: Shelvey steps forward and has a skelp from the best part of 30 yards. Nope. It’s blocked easily by White.
78 min: Saint-Maximin drives down the right, but with Arsenal light at the back, chooses to turn tail. That just about sums up Newcastle’s day.
76 min: Aubameyang is booked for a striker’s challenge on Almiron. It’s his last act of the afternoon; he’s replaced by Lacazette.
75 min: The corner is no good.
74 min: Schar strides down the middle and tries his luck from distance. His low shot takes a huge deflection off Gabriel and sails out for a corner on the right.
72 min: Murphy makes good down the right and sends a low cross straight through the Arsenal box and out for a goal kick. Nobody in black and white took a gamble.
71 min: Aubameyang is found down the inside-left channel and tries to dink over Dubravka. The keeper stands firm.
69 min: Shelvey creams a shot from distance towards the top left. Easy for Ramsdale. Newcastle are far from happy, by the way. They’re sure they should have had a penalty just before Arsenal’s second, Tavares having shoulder-charged Wilson ... from behind? From the side? It was a close thing, either way, and you can be sure that differing opinions will be available soon on the internet.
67 min: Newcastle respond by making a double change: Murphy and Almiron come on for Ritchie and Joelinton.
GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United (Martinelli 66)
What an introduction to the game for Martinelli! Tomiyasu, found by White out on the right, loops a cross into the middle. Martinelli meets the ball, dropping over his shoulder, on the right-hand corner of the six-yard box. He opens his body and steers a volley across Dubravka and in. That’s a glorious finish.
Updated at 2.02pm GMT
65 min: Nothing comes of the corner. Then a long ball down the middle nearly exposes Arsenal. Wilson gets ahead of Gabriel and Tavares, but never looks under control, and falls over inside the box. He wants a penalty, but he’s not getting one.
64 min: Saka, who has been magnificent, limps off, to be replaced by Martinelli. Loud cheers for both players.
63 min: Partey bursts into a pocket of space down the left. His shot is deflected over the bar. Before the corner can be taken, Lascelles is booked for a late clip on Aubameyang, while Saka goes down again. He won’t be able to continue.
61 min: Tomiyasu crosses from the right. Aubameyang, level with the far post, flicks the ball over Krafth’s head, but Dubravka claims it before the striker can shoot goalwards.
60 min: Saka is good to continue, for now at least.
59 min: That goal came at the end of a 16-pass move, incidentally. Patience rewarded.
58 min: Saka deserved that. He’s been fantastic since the restart, buzzing and probing down both flanks. But he looks to have tweaked something. He’s down holding his hip, and frowning at the bench.
GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle United (Saka 56)
This is a lovely team goal. Some triangles drawn down the left. Smith Rowe suddenly slides infield for Tavares. He rolls a cute first-time pass down the inside-left channel to release Saka, who sends a clinical shot across Dubravka and into the bottom right!
Updated at 1.58pm GMT
55 min: Saka probes down the right again. This time his cross isn’t quite so good, sailing over the head of Smith Rowe and into the arms of Dubravka.
53 min: Dubravka takes his sweet time over the goal kick. It’s not the first time he’s faffed about, and he’s seriously testing the referee’s resolve. The official might be taking action sooner rather than later.
52 min: Smith Rowe is barged off the ball by Krafth out on the left. From the free kick, the ever-dangerous Saka scampers down the left and whistles an inviting ball across the face of the six-yard box. Tomiyasu lunges in, hoping to poke home at the far stick, but can’t connect. What a cross that was.
50 min: Saka cuts in from the right, jinking his way between Willock and Ritchie with supreme grace. His low drive from a tight angle isn’t so impressive and easily gathered by Dubravka.
48 min: Krafth is booked for an absurd barge on Tavares as the pair chase a ball down the Arsenal left. The resulting free kick leads to a non-event of a corner.
47 min: Ritchie swings a fierce cross in from the left. Wilson sniffs around but Tomiyasu does well to clear, just in time.
Newcastle get the second half underway. Neither side has made a half-time change.
Half-time entertainment. These two clubs have contested the FA Cup final on three occasions: 1998 , 1952 and the Over The Line final of 1932 , a tale entertainingly told here by two partisan old boys who each have their story down pat and aren’t budging an inch.
HALF TIME: Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle United
Both teams have hit the woodwork: a fine shot from Shelvey pushed onto the bar; an absurd Aubameyang shank onto the post from a couple of yards.
Updated at 1.43pm GMT
45 min +4: Shelvey looks to meet a ball dropping on the edge of the Arsenal box. He shapes to belt another one goalwards, only for Saint-Maximin to get in his road.
45 min +3: Tavares takes yet another ambitious potshot at goal. Over the bar it flies. He’s testing the crowd’s patience now.
45 min +1: There will be four added minutes, and in the first, Tomiyasu crosses low from the right, Smith Rowe meeting the ball first time and pearling it goalwards. Schar blocks. Tavares blazes the rebound over. Arsenal are finally baring their teeth.
45 min: Saka is slide-tackled in the box by Lascelles. Perfectly timed. It had to be.
44 min: Ritchie is booked for a cynical block on Saka, who was about to scoot down the right. He’ll miss Newcastle’s next match as a result.
43 min: Dubravka needs a bit of attention, and the stoppage allows Aubameyang to stand around ostentatiously shaking his head in a mixture of disbelief and embarrassment.
41 min: ... and then they nearly score! They really should have scored. Saka dribbles down the left, eases past Lascelles, and stands one up for Smith Rowe, who powers a header towards goal from close range. Dubravka makes a stunning reaction save, but can only parry towards Aubameyang, who prepares to tap home from a couple of yards ... only to sidefoot onto the right-hand post! Newcastle clear. What an astonishing miss!
Updated at 1.21pm GMT
40 min: Arsenal dink it around to little effect pt.II.
38 min: After a lengthy stoppage, Krafth is up and about again.
36 min: Saka curls in. Dubravka punches clear. Krafth takes a whack from his keeper, who was taking no prisoners. He’s down and looks groggy. On comes the trainer.
35 min: Saka dribbles down the right and is clipped by Saint-Maximin. A free kick just to the side of the box, and more set-piece danger for Newcastle to deal with.
34 min: A replay of the Newcastle corner on 31 minutes. Odegaard had his hands on Schar, who went to ground. VAR checked for a penalty and decided against it, though you’ve seen them given.
33 min: Arsenal pass it around the middle, to little effect. A few mumbles in the stands.
31 min: The resulting corner is only half cleared, and Shelvey has another dig, albeit one that’s much easier for Ramsdale to deal with. Arsenal go up the other end, where Tomiyasu drags a low drive wide right. Some action, all of a sudden!
30 min: Wilson slips Fraser into space down the right. Fraser’s pull back breaks to Shelvey, who takes a touch, opens his body, and curls powerfully towards the top right from the edge of the D. Ramsdale, at full stretch, tips onto the crossbar and out for a corner. What a shot, and the spectacular is becoming routine for the new Arsenal keeper.
Updated at 1.23pm GMT
29 min: Tavares has a belt from the best part of 30 yards. Shank. Goal kick.
27 min: Fraser takes the corner. Schar flicks on at the near post but the ball flies harmlessly over the bar. Arsenal have dominated, but Wilson and Saint-Maximin have threatened to spark into life.
26 min: Saint-Maximin turns on the jets and shimmies down the inside-left channel. He reaches the byline and pulls back. The ball clanks off the sliding Tomiyasu’s arm and out for a corner. Newcastle want a penalty but they’re not getting one.
Updated at 12.58pm GMT
24 min: Dubravka takes an age over a goal kick, much to the mild displeasure of the home fans. It’s underwhelming fare.
22 min: Newcastle clear their lines, then the game stops as Joelinton has taken an accidental whack in the chest from his own man Schar. The doc comes on and has a look. He’s good to continue.
20 min: Partey shapes to take the free kick. He stutters then stops. Odegaard takes it instead, whipping over the wall and towards the top left. It’s heading into the corner, but Dubravka saves at full stretch. That’s a very decent effort and a stop to match.
19 min: Tavares bursts down the left. His cross is blocked. Arsenal come again through Odegaard, who is clumsily brought down by Willock, just to the left of the D. Free kick in a dangerous position.
18 min: White sends another long ball down the inside-right channel. Saka scampers after it, but Dubravka is quickly off his line to claim on the edge of his area.
Updated at 1.08pm GMT
16 min: Lokonga, in a deep position on the left, clips a smart diagonal ball towards Saka, who stretches for it, ten yards out, and pokes it marginally wide right. That was a glorious pass, and it would have been a picture-pretty goal had Saka converted.
14 min: White, quarterbacking from deep, tries to release Tomiyasu down the right. Too long. Goal kick. Arsenal haven’t achieved much in the final third yet.
12 min: A long ball down the left releases Wilson, who has his shot blocked. The flag goes up late for offside, though it looked very close. Eddie Howe will be happy enough with this start, despite Arsenal hogging the ball.
11 min: Tavares makes his way down the left and shoots from an optimistic position. The ball’s deflected out for a corner. Smith Rowe takes, and Dubravka claims easily.
10 min: Arsenal are dominating possession. They’ve had 82 percent of it so far.
9 min: Gabriel and Wilson battle for a long ball down the Newcastle right. They grapple. Wilson wins out, Gabriel falling to the floor. Wilson strides into the box and blazes a shot at Ramsdale, who parries. The whistle goes for a foul on Gabriel, a very generous decision given the Arsenal defender was doing most of the wrestling.
Updated at 12.47pm GMT
7 min: Joelinton whips the ball off Partey’s toe. The Brazilian looks up for this today, doubtless eager to impress the new manager.
5 min: Odegaard turns out of a tight spot and slips a cute ball down the middle, hoping to release Aubameyang. But Schar is over quickly to blooter clear.
4 min: Saka tries to make good down the inside-right channel and thinks he’s won a corner off Schar. But the whistle goes for use of a hand. A brisk if not particularly dramatic start to this game.
3 min: It’s super-cold at the Emirates, though the rain is clearing up. “Seeing how Tavarez deals with Saint-Maximin barrelling through will be instructive, if not always pretty,” suggests Charles Antaki. “Generous of Arteta to select him after his performance last week, so long as we don’t decode ‘if he’d tried, play him again’ as meaning ‘Tierney’s not quite fit enough, sadly’.”
1 min: Joelinton barges his way down the left and seriously troubles White, nearly breaking into the box along the byline. White eventually wins the battle, but only just. Goal kick, but that’s a statement of intent from the goal-shy Newcastle striker.
Arsenal kick off, but only after the knee is taken. The gesture is met with warm applause. There’s no room for racism.
The teams are out! Arsenal are in this season’s strange Ajax homage - white sleeves only, surely? - while Newcastle wear traditional black and white, albeit with that once-seen-can’t-be-unseen accidental “4” motif. Adidas and Castore, must do better, see me. Anyway, it’s a rainy day in north London, and we’ll be off in a minute.
Eddie Howe, fresh out of Covid quarantine, talks to BT Sport. “It’s been a long absence for me and I’m delighted to be back. Last week [watching the Brentford match remotely] was a very surreal experience! I was delighted with the performance, we didn’t quite get the result we wanted but hopefully we’ll go one better today. I’ve seen encouraging signs since I’ve arrived at the club. We approach every game differently so the players coming in give us an edge. We have points to prove and believe we can get out of the position we’re in.”
Updated at 12.40pm GMT
Mikel Arteta speaks to BT. “We have to show from the first minute that we are still hurting. That is as it should be. We have to change the team more because we have a busy schedule coming up. We expect a tough game.” As for keeping Tavares, who had a torrid time against Liverpool, in the team? “When a player is trying and doesn’t hide, play him again.”
Love is love, one and all. The Premier League does its bit for Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign this week, as clubs link arms to show their support for all LGBT+ people both in the world of football and beyond. Rainbow armbands, pin badges, ball plinths, substitute boards, LED perimeter boards, and of course laces, ahoy! More details of a celebration of solidarity, inclusion and love can be found here .
Just one change for Arsenal from the 4-0 thumping by Liverpool. Martin Odegaard comes in for the benched Alexandre Lacazette. No starting spot for Kieran Tierney as he returns from injury, so Nuno Tavares, who had an absolute shocker at Anfield, retains his place.
Newcastle United make three changes to the side that drew 3-3 with Brentford last week. Martin Dubravka replaces Karl Darlow in goal, while Emil Krafth and Ryan Fraser replace Ciaran Clark and Jacob Murphy, who both drop to the bench.
Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares, Saka, Partey, Sambi Lokonga, Smith-Rowe, Odegaard, Aubameyang.
Subs: Leno, Tierney, Lacazette, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Pepe, Elneny, Nketiah, Martinelli.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Lascelles, Fraser, Willock, Shelvey, Ritchie, Joelinton, Wilson, Saint-Maximin.
Subs: Clark, Lewis, Hayden, Hendrick, Manquillo, Murphy, Almiron, Darlow, Longstaff.
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).
Here, in reverse order, are the results of the last ten competitive matches between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates: 3-0, 2-0, 4-0, 2-0, 1-0, 1-0, 4-1, 3-0, 7-3 (!) and 2-1. That’s ten wins in a row for Arsenal, with an aggregate score of 29-5. Ah me lads.
While Arsenal are reeling from last weekend’s trousers-down walloping at Anfield, they’d previously gone ten unbeaten in all competitions, trending generally in the right direction, sitting comfortably and encouragingly in fifth. Newcastle on the other hand have yet to win in the league this season, are rock bottom, and Eddie Howe lost all five Premier League matches here while at Bournemouth.
All of which suggests there’ll be lots of Arsenal-supporting lads and lassies with smiling faces gannin’ along the Holloway Road later this afternoon. But hey, streaks are there to be broken, and it’ll be quite the start to Howe’s time in the Newcastle dugout if his new team can get any sort of statement result here today. Kick off is at 12.30pm GMT. It’s on!