Date: Sunday 7th November 2010,
1.30pm. Live on
Venue: Emirates Stadium
0 - 1
United's second-ever goal on this ground - and first in 465 minutes -
came from a Joey Barton free kick, awarded for a Sagna foul in the centre of
the pitch on Gutierrez. Barton's lofted ball forward dropped nicely in the
box for Andy Carroll to leap and head over the advancing Fabianski at
the North End of the stadium. Barton later claimed that the ploy was
deliberate and had been pre-planned to try and capitalise on the apparent
shakiness of Arsenal's Polish custodian. 1-0
Half time: Arsenal 0 Newcastle 1
Full time: Arsenal 0 Newcastle 1
Chris Hughton said:
Andy (Carroll), it's about making sure that all the headlines he is
making are on the back pages. He is a young man, he has made mistakes, but he
has got to make sure he learns from those mistakes, and I am quite sure he
"He is an environment here where he
is getting a lot of support from the club, certainly the staff and the
supporters, and I am quite sure his concentrations will be very much on
football, 100 per cent.
"Young professional footballers are
easier targets. They have a different lifestyle, as people see it. They are
young, privileged men and that's how people see it. They have got to make sure
they don't get caught up in the pitfalls of it all.
"All we can do for our part is
support him and create an environment in which he can flourish. At the moment,
he is a young man who is playing very well on the back of an excellent
performance at Arsenal. The reason why we gave him that number nine shirt is
because we saw that potential in him, and we hope that continues.
"He is a player in form. He is, of
course, a little bit different to a lot of the other England strikers at this
particular moment, which perhaps sets him apart. He is an old-fashioned centre-forward,
he is left-sided and has a prowess in the air. He is certainly different.
"He is still developing his game, he
will have bad periods, he will have ups and downs as all centre-forwards do,
but at the moment, he is a player playing very, very well.
"He's providing the team with a
wonderful platform up front and scoring goals as well. The most important
thing is that his mind is very much concentrated on doing the best job he can
for this football club.
has a prowess in the air but he has other aspects in his game. He gives us a
mobility that stretches defences. He has a way to go and is working on other
aspects of his game.
"I would love to see him picked for Newcastle United, that's all I'm
bothered about. There was no question he would play after what has been
written about him. I made a selection based on the continuity in the last couple of games.
Andy is mentally very strong and not difficult to manage.
"This is a team that worked hard to get promotion back to this division.
They know where they want to be. This result showed what it meant to everyone.
"It was a magnificent team effort. It is a very difficult place to come
and get a result and come and get a victory. You know before the game they are
a side that will have the majority of possession, they had quality to bring
on, difficult day.
When told his side actually enjoyed 51% of possession:
"That is news to me. That is an achievement. The way they play, the type
of players they have, there won't be many teams that come here and have more
"You have to be resilient as a team I thought we defended very very well.
We wanted that break and Andy Carroll provided it. There's been a lot that has
been spoken about my contract. There is not anything that I can do. All I can
do is win as many matches as I can."
After a week in which his own indiscretions were the subject of press
coverage (although he didn't apparently go for breakfast in McDonalds at
5.45am), Arsene Wenger clucked:
played against a team full of men, mature and they were a good team. They had
one shot on target and that was the goal. We did not defend well for their
goal. Overall we put ourselves in a bad position just before half-time.
"I think the keeper did not have a lot to do, he was too confident to take
the ball and didn't expect to be challenged. It was a problem of timing. That
was the impression I had.
"(Andy) Carroll is a handful. Our two centre-backs handled their
strikers very well. They were our best players. Carroll reminds me of Mark
Hateley, who I had at Monaco. They are similar types. If it was up to me he
would play for England."
have now won all
three games in the capital this
season, this Emirates Stadium success coming after victories at Chelsea
in the League Cup and then West Ham in the Premier League.
That extends their winning run in London to six games, including
successes last season at QPR, Watford and Crystal Palace (NB: some may dispute
including Vicarage Road in that stat). Our last loss came at Spurs (0-1 in
April 2009). Our next London opponent? Spurs.
Andy Carroll's sixth goal of the season (and third header) meant Chris
Hughton's side recorded three consecutive top-flight successes for the
first time since April 2008.
This was United's first victory in ten games against the Gunners in
league or cup - since Nobby Solano's goal did the trick in a Premier League
fixture at SJP in December 2005. The win also ended a run of five successive
defeats against Wenger's side.
Tim Krul kept his first
"proper" clean sheet in the Premier League - having defied
Everton for 65 minutes earlier in the season in his top-flight debut
as a substitute. He then went on to concede at least one goal on each
of his following five league outings, today being the sixth.
Magpies @ Gunners - Premier years
2010/11: Won 1-0 Carroll
A third away win in the Premier League from six games (Everton, West
Ham, Arsenal) is pretty good going and already exceeds the miserable total of
two from the whole of the 2008-09 campaign, while matching the trio of
successes on the road during 2007-08.
2008/09: Lost 0-3
2007/08: Lost 0-3
2007/08: Lost 0-3 (FAC)
2007/08: Lost 0-2 (LC)
2006/07: Drew 1-1 Dyer
2005/06: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Lost 2-3 Robert, Bernard
2002/03: Lost 0-1
2001/02: Lost 0-3 (FAC)
2001/02: Won 3-1 O'Brien, Shearer, Robert
2000/01: Lost 0-5
1999/00: Drew 0-0
1998/99: Lost 0-3
1997/98: Lost 1-3 Barton
1996/97: Won 1-0 Elliott
1995/96: Lost 0-2 (LC)
1995/96: Lost 0-2
1994/95: Won 3-2 Keown og, Beardsley, Fox
1993/94: Lost 1-2 Beardsley
(@ Highbury until 2005-06 season, Emirates thereafter)
Total record against Arsenal:
This was Newcastle's 81st Premier League win away from SJP,
coming in the 314th game. There have been 91 draws and 142
defeats. Carroll's goal was our 351st, while we've conceded 470.
Those 81 away wins by opponent:
(yet to play in PL @ Blackpool)
Aston Villa: 6
Birmingham City: 1
Blackburn Rovers: 2
Bolton Wanderers: 3
Bradford City: 0
Charlton Athletic: 1
Coventry City: 3
Crystal Palace: 3
Derby County: 3
Hull City: 0
Ipswich Town: 2
Leeds United: 6
Leicester City: 2
Manchester City: 1
|Manchester United: 0
Norwich City: 1
Nottingham Forest: 1
Oldham Athletic: 1
Sheffield Wednesday: 3
Sheffield United: 1
Stoke City: 0
Swindon Town: 0
Tottenham Hotspur: 6
West Brom: 2
West Ham: 6
Wigan Athletic: 0
NUFC after 11 games: 12 points, 14th position (scored 14, conceded
2010/11: NUFC after 11 games: 17 points, 5th position
(scored 20, conceded 14)
As the teams
took to the field on Sunday lunchtime, the Emirates PA aired "The
Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley. By full time though, "The
Wonder of Hugh" would have been rather more appropriate, after the
United boss masterminded a success that may just have given him even more
personal satisfaction than last week's triumph over the mackems.
That's not just because the former Spurs player and coach put one over on his
erstwhile North London rivals in their own swanky pad, but also that he'd
overseen a disciplined team display that executed a game plan designed to
stifle opposition who can be lethal, given time and space. Despite (or maybe
because of) Calderwood's departure, there was pleasing evidence of progression
from the last league loss, at Manchester City.
Unlike last week, this was also a victory untainted by a significant sending
off - Koscielny's
dismissal in the final seconds having less bearing on the scoreline than
Bramble's ejection, Arsenal having just about run out of ideas some ten minutes
That the win came after another day of lurid tales off-field happenings was
almost inevitable, as details of the post-derby celebrations enjoyed by the
goalscorer and his captain came to light. If half of it what was written is
true, then it's fair to say that "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"
won't be on heavy rotation in Darras Hall...
United's number nine though
hogged the headlines on
both front and back pages with
another display of energy, stamina allied to flashes of brilliance.
If anything, it was slightly less wonderful than the mammoth effort
against the mackems, where he seemed to appear simultaneously in attack and
defence. Here though he scored the goal his performance the previous week had
warranted - and all in front of the watching England manager, who had made it
up from his central London bedsit.
As had been the case in the single goal success at Goodison, there were some elements of good fortune - Cesc Fabregas hitting the bar with a
free-kick and Theo Walcott crashing an effort off the crossbar in
particular - but there were also moments of magic like Tim Krul's magnificent
first half save
to defy Samir
It's hard to find a weak link in the Magpies side, with the superb
occupying the area in front of the defence and supplying valuable contributions
in both creating and destroying moves. So much of the improved form and comfort
shown by Coloccini and Williamson is down to the man from the Ivory Coast being
a constant presence in the viciinity of the centre half pairing.
All four of our backline making
timely tackles and interceptions though,
with Jose Enrique banishing thoughts of previous personal nightmares (and
injury woe) on this ground. Danny Simpson meanwhile looked back in the groove
after his belated start to the season, previous right back incumbent James
Perch now a rapidly diminishing memory.
equally paid back a further chunk of what is owed to employers and supporters
with another hard but fair display, thankfully avoiding some of the gratuitous
kicking of the Carling Cup game and his last outing here for us (when he'd just
got out of prison). That assist count also continues to climb steadily, while
his tracking back to assist Simpson is admirable.
Nolan and Gutierrez also sweated for the
cause, with the latter doing as much work covering as crossing. Carroll took the limelight but Shola Ameobi also had one of his best
games, happy to drop out wide, holding the ball up and making a nuisance of himself all afternoon
before being replaced late after picking up a knock.
Despite leaving van Persie, Fabregas, Arshavin and Song at home in
midweek, Arsenal's marathon Champions League trek to the Ukraine looked to have
contributed to a jaded display, with Walcott rather less noticeable than in the
League Cup tie - something that wasn't wholly accountable to the more
experienced defence we fielded here.
Fabregas in particular looked to be in a particularly bad
fettle and was lucky to escape with just one yellow card after two or three
unpleasant challenges that referee Mike Dean chose to ignore.
Enough of the on-field analysis though - for the Newcastle fans this was
another Sunday full of joy and wonder that rather unexpectedly kept the party
going - and these 1.30pm kickoff do leave plenty of post-match drinking
Initial worries about the home side building up a head of steam dissipating, to
be gradually replaced by pleasure at a job being well done. Having said that,
it was still something of a bolt from the blue when the goal was scored.
If there was a worry in the closing stages, it was that our eagerness to press
forward for a killer second may have had disastrous consequences. Having said
that though, the two shots Carroll had were worth seeing - one a cannonball
volley that whistled past the goal and the other a wild hoof of stunning power
that sent the ball into orbit. Had that connected with someone, it really would
have broken their "****ing jaw"....
By no stretch of the imagination did United try and see out the second 45
minutes and there was only limited recourse to time-wasting, with Krul looking
to have been genuinely caught and requiring treatment late on. And Ameobi found
himself chivvied along by an anxious Kevin Nolan when meandering off the field
to be replaced by Nile Ranger.
The pressure looked to be telling on some faces in the away section in the
latter stages, but the three substitutions did little to help Arsenal,
Bendtner's introduction seeing them dispense with the more measured approach
and almost playing into our hands. That allowed the final few minutes to pass
in a slightly less stressed atmosphere in the seats, the sending off making
four minutes of added time a virtual irrelevance.
There's no time to party though or reflect on recent glories, with the imminent
arrival of sides led by messrs Allardyce and Hughes on Tyneside. With the
possible exception of 'Arry Redknapp (and the resting thespian Phil Brown),
only Steve Bruce is ahead of Big Sham and the Welsh windbag in our most loathed
Premier League manager stakes.
Having sent that clown packing last week, it would be nice to wipe the sneer
off the next Real Madrid/Inter Milan boss and then set about Hughes - who is
yet to lose at SJP as a manager in four visits, and only rarely failed to get a
win bonus at Gallowgate as a (sneaky, cheating, dirty) player.
With injuries and suspensions now inevitably set to disrupt what is becoming a
settled lineup (three games, three wins with the same starting XI), it'll be
interesting to see how those who get pulled into the side cope with playing
specific, defined roles - Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands and Wayne Routledge
for instance, and maybe even Leon Best, with Dan Gosling also to appear at some
For now though, keeping this upward trajectory and putting as many points on
the board remains the name of the game - further reducing the possibility of
going "way down"....
PS: far better to end on a plagiarised comment of our own rather than yet
another rotten Elvis pun - this is how we concluded the report of the December
2001 Highbury victory:
"Putting aside logic and theorising though...We did it, we finally
did it. I felt like the football fan out of Ripping Yarns as I marched down
the Holloway Road. 3-1, 3 bloody 1. Marvellous. Thank you."
Change the scoreline but the sentiment remains unaltered nearly nine years later
- a fine reminder of just why we do this to ourselves.