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    Newcastle 0 - 1 Arsenal Match review (with stats)

    Tim Krul one of Newcastle's stars of the game

    It's Not the End of The World!

    By Ben Campbell (from St James Park)

    Newcastle's red card followed by a further six yellow cards and an own goal capped another disciplined performance from Arsenal who, receiving only 1 yellow card, eased through a 1-0 victory against 10 man Newcastle.

    Newcastle repeated their defensive performance against Manchester United (last match) by restricting space and defending deep, only to counter attack through the guile of Thauvin and the pace and experience of Sissoko; both of which had good games.

    Arsenal were without Mertersacker and the attacking threat of Mesut Ozil. This gave Ramsey the chance to play in his favoured midfield position. Kosielny was brought back at the expense of the nervous Chambers and Walcott's pace was preferred to Girouds strength.

    Mitrovic's red card

    Mitrovics  red card came before the game was even 15 minutes old and was the end of this game as a contest. Newcastle were playing without the ball from very early on, but when they went down to ten men it signalled  the start of Arsenal's torturous passing game inflicted upon a subdued Newcastle.

    Mitrovic's foul looked like a petulant stamp at first glance and watching it again later looked more deliberate than first observed. He had been kicking at the Arsenal defence immediately after Newcastle lost the ball from the kickoff .

    His first kick was on Monreal in the first five minutes, followed by a number of shoves and tussles with the Arsenal defenders before the ten minute mark.

    Newcastle were chasing the ball and committing fouls every two minutes, due to Arsenal's dominance in possession. The mission seemed to be if you can't get it, get at em!

    There was a penalty appeal for Arsenal (on 11minutes) as Bellerin was toppled in the box, following a quick flowing move from Arsenal. The referee was totally unsighted and so nothing was given; replays show that he (Bellerin) was shoved and kicked in the box and if the ref was closer he might have given it.

    In the 13th minute Sanchez was fouled, just inside the Newcastle half, by Mbemba and the resulting free kick was easily dealt with by the Newcastle defence.

    It seemed like only seconds later Coquelin tried to evade Mitrovic's oncoming challenge only to be viciously studded on the ankle by the aforementioned. This resulted in an immediate red card from which the perpetrator had no argument. There was a sheepish look at the bench and a weak clap to the home fans and he was down the tunnel.

    Mitrovic, redcarded in 13th min
    That was his third card of the campaign, after only four games! The Serbian international, who had been voted one of the most promising players in Europe, just over a year ago, at 20 years old, already has a reputation of being physical.


    Funny enough this seemed to rejuvenate the Newcastle crowd and the players enjoyed a bit more of the ball through bursts of skill from Thauvin, who really seemed to be the heartbeat of their midfield.

    Sanchez was fouled again in the 18th minute by Mbemba, for this he received a yellow card, and it also prompted the referee to finally ask Coloccini to speak to his team and calm them down.

    Sanchez took the free-kick, another wasted effort and it was clear that Arsenal do not know what to do with deal balls, especially without the target and presence of the likes of Metersacker and Giroud.

    Arsenal had their first corner (of nine) in the 22nd minute after a patient spell of pressure from  their attacking trio.

    Newcastle recovered from the constant Arsenal pressure to get a rare foray into the Arsenal half in the 23rd minute only to give way to stout Arsenal defending.

    After 25 minutes of play, another foul, and another yellow card, this time for the industrious Thauvin on, once again Coquelin. Coquelin's remarkable recovery from the foul led the crowd to go wild with anger. Shouts of "cheating Arsenal" and boos for the referee not to mention Coquelin ensued.

    In the 27th minute Arsenal committed their first foul (on Colback) and it was clear from Wengers reaction, that he was getting a bit perplexed as Arsenal had yet to get a shot on target. What with Newcastle seeming to be getting better at defending as the game went on this looked like it could be going to a draw.

    The match went on with large spells of Arsenal possession, mostly around the Newcastle box interspersed with Newcastle forays, usually orchestrated by either Sissoko or Thauvin, broken down early by the focused Arsenal defence.

    Arsenal's frustration was showing and it is clear their style of play would have favoured a confidant  Newcastle coming out at them, opening the spaces for a counter attack. This backs to the wall, 10 men back and stout defending was annoying for Arsenal to say the least.

    Kosielny showed his frustration in the 43rd minute carrying the ball and getting involved in an attack that ended with a shot from Sanchez.

    The half ended with boos from the home crowd, at the referee and with Sissoko still arguing with the referee about the number of cards for his team.

    Second half

    Sanchez doing too many lollipops and Chamberlain falling over the ball, whilst dribbling, gave the visiting crowd no confidence that this Arsenal team had the guile or mental strength to break down the stout Newcastle defense as a lethargic Arsenal continued to slowly pass the ball around in front of the Newcastle defenders.

    On 46 min's Sanchez was fouled by Anita (not his first) and the latter received a yellow card. Newcastle were in danger of another red with most of their out field players carded.
    The home crowed bayed with joy when Cazorla was booked in the 47th minute for a foul on Wijnaldum. The card seemed to be a result of the crowd's unrest which left Cazorla bemused.


    The goal came from a  change in speed from Arsenal as they injected some pace into the game and Cazorla had a great shot that was well saved by Krul, a master performance from him, only to be followed up by a shot from Oxlade-Chamberlain that hit Coloccini, wrong footing Krul, and went in, "own goal"!

    This means that Arsenal have only scored one goal in four games. They have three goals registered, two of which are own goals, remarkable.

     There were further chances and great saves from Krul in the 57th and 66th minutes from Sanchez and Cazorla respectively, but little else from either side.

    Thauvin and Sissoko continued to create Newcastle's best chances at getting something out of this game but nothing that really threatened.

    We all know that 1-0 is not the safest of leads but the stats show that in the last 22 games that Arsenal have led 1-0 they have won all but 1 of them. Is this deja-vu, is Bould (the Arsenal assistant manager) having an effect on Wenger and the team?

    The game ended with few other highlights other than positive substitutions from both managers and misses from Giroud.


    Arsenal finished the match with 74% of the play, most of which was in the Newcastle half; Cech did not make a save; Arsenal had 21 goal attempts to Newcastle's 1; Arsenal had 9 corners, Newcastle had 0 and finally Newcastle had 1 red card and 6 yellows, to Arsenals 1.

    The stats showed a dominant Arsenal and a (defensively) well disciplined Newcastle, who are improving every game. They need to be careful with the cards though.

    "we had to be calm and not rise to them (Newcastle)"
    After the match Wenger said "We expected more space for Theo" , and on the tackling "we had to be calm and not rise to them (Newcastle)". Regarding the red card he said "Newcastle wanted to stop our play but Mitrovic went a little overboard"

    Maclaren seemed pleased with the defensive performance of his players stating "it's difficult to win with 10 players" "We limited Arsenal". On the fouls he complained "I think there were fouls but the referee acted too harshly with every one of them" 


    Another 3 points to Arsenal and an improved Newcastle bodes well for both teams this season. Mitrovic will get a chance to think about his game and Newcastle will receive a fine from the FA for their yellow cards, but the fans chant of  "1-0 to the referee" says that according to the Geordies it was the referee that won that game for Arsenal.

    Wenger has to have a good look at his attack, all that talk about more goals from mid-field in the preseason hasn't come to pass. It is known that Arsenal don't often start a season well but are they still thinking about the league summit or a European place? Let's look at this 10 games in...until then we have an International break followed by Stoke City at The Emirates then a thrilling away match against Chelsea, have a great Bank holiday weekend!


    Newcastle: Krul - Janmaat - Mbemba - Haidara - Coloccini - Colback - Anita - Thauvin - Sissoko - Wijnaldum - Mitrovic
    Subs: Darlow - Taylor - Tiote - De Jong - Obertan - Cisse - Perez

    Arsenal: Cech - Bellerin - Koscielny - Paulista - Monreal - Oxlade Chamberlain - Ramsey - Cazorla, Coquelin - Sanchez - Walcott
    Subs: Ospina - Gibbs - Chambers - Debuchy - Arteta - Campbell - Giroud

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