Newcastle inflicted Arsenal’s first league defeat. The Magpies won 1-0 at St James’s Park. The only goal came in the 64th minute and was the work of Anthony Gordon. Doubts remained as to whether the goal should be awarded as it was ruled three different things with the video replay system.
The win lifted Newcastle into sixth place, with Eddie Howe’s side just four points off their opponents today. The Gunners are third behind Manchester City and Tottenham, whose match is on Monday.
The two teams started at a high pace, but at the same time with respect for the opponent. They fought a great battle, but it did not translate into goal situations. Arsenal had the better of the period first, but all it came to was a Jorginho shot over the bar.
After half an hour, Callum Wilson missed a great chance, but it was lifted to Byrne, who took the ball off him. Newcastle picked it up towards the end of the half and had some good attacks but could never get a shot on target. At the very end of the first half, an excellent break by Martinelli ended with a shot that did not trouble Pope.
Havertz’s entry at Longstaff’s feet inflamed passions. The German made a very dangerous and rough entry, but fortunately for him he did not manage to injure his opponent. The referee adjudged the offense to be a yellow card, and the home team’s protests resulted in three yellow cards for their players. Since the beginning of the season, Havertz has four yellow cards in the championship and one accurate shot in the outline of the opposing goals.
At the break, Eddie Howe replaced Dan Byrne, who picked up an injury in the first half. He was replaced by Livramento, who played a strong game against Manchester United during the week. The match continued at a high pace, but both teams were unable to get a good finishing shot.
Havertz continued his unwise actions. After getting away with a red card in the first half, he made another dangerous tackle, this time at the feet of Callum Wilson. The fans called for him to be sent off, but the referee signaled for play to continue as the home side were in possession of the ball. A little later, an excellent counterattack by the “magpies” ended with a disappointing shot by Anthony Gordon.
Arsenal got their best chance after the break in the 62nd minute. Martinelli broke down the left and crossed, Tripper cleared but the ball went to Rice who headed wide. Eddie Howe made a double substitution and brought on Joe Wheelock and Jacob Murphy for Wilson and Almiron. Seconds later Newcastle took the lead.
A good attack put Murphy in an excellent position. He shot inaccurately, but the ball did not go out of play. Wheelock chased her down and crossed, Joelinton fought off Magallanes and Gordon put it into the net with a close-range shot. The situation was looked at for a few minutes before the goal was confirmed. First it was checked whether the ball had gone out of bounds, then whether there was a foul on Joelinton and finally whether there was an offside.
After the goal, Arsenal totally took the initiative and dominated until the end, but did not really reach a clear goal situation. The “Magpies” pulled back and allowed themselves to be pressed, but their defense coped brilliantly with all the opponent’s attacks.
NEWCASTLE – ARSENAL 1:0
1:0 – Gordon (64)
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