Date: Tuesday 3rd January 2023, 7.45pm
(originally 8pm, moved in late November)
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: Emirates Stadium
0 - 0
"I think it was a very, very good defensive display. A very
good mentality from the group, I think you saw real teamwork today.
Arsenal are very, very good, they pose you different problems, they
really stretch you and we knew defensively we needed to be rock
"They're a top side and I think we did really well in the
second half when pressure grew.
"Nick (Pope) had one save to make, apart from that it was
just pressure. I was just a little bit disappointed we couldn't pose
more of a threat.
"I thought we were resilient, dogged and brilliantly defended
all areas of the pitch collectively. Our defensive performances have
been very good and that's full credit to everyone.
"We want to compete in every game, we don't want to turn up to
grounds like this and not give our best. We competed to win and we
didn't manage to do that but we certainly gave them a good game.
"The next step for us is to have a little bit more quality on
the ball but we're looking to improve all aspects of our game.
"We wanted to attack the game, be ourselves, we weren't (able to
do so) but credit to Arsenal who forced us to sit back more than
"The next step is to have a bit more quality on the ball - we had
moments where we could have hurt them but a loose pass hurt us."
On the late Murphy penalty appeal:The man is an incredible athlete and heís highly
motivated to help the team. Iím so pleased heís getting the
recognition from people like yourself who have a very good eye to
praise his work-rate and ability to help his team mates.
"Obviously at that stage of the game you're thinking 'oh no, the
lads have given so much', and that would have been a travesty for
us. I didn't think it was a penalty but you just never know."
"I thought he was very good tonight.Ē
On Martin Dubravka:
"Martinís situation is that he wanted to come back, and we were
delighted to welcome him back. There was never an issue between
me and Martin. Heís a top goalkeeper, and Iím delighted to
welcome him back to the squad.Ē
"Thereís no update on Loris.Ē
Mikel Arteta said:
"The way we are playing at the moment, we have to focus on
that: results will be a consequence of that. If we play the way we
played today, we will win a lot of games, and thatís what we have to
try to do.
"Iím so proud of the boys, the way we played, the way we
dominated the game, the approach we had from the beginning and
where we took he game. We didnít concede anything I think.
"We generated so many situations that we should have
finished a bit better. We lacked the spark, that final thrust,
that final delivery in the box to finish the action and then
obviously there were two scandalous penalties.
"We, I think, generated a lot superiority in the game. We just
needed an extra pass, extra movement to get that (vital chance).
I am proud of this team.
"I am not sure why they (Newcastle) set up like
that. They haven't set up like that against any team this
Newcastle are unbeaten in 15 league
and cup games; it's one defeat in 21.
NUFC 2021/22: Played 18 Won 1
NUFC 2022/23: Played 18, Lost 1
That's their lengthiest run without a defeat since they
Championship games unbeaten during the 2009/10 season, having
matched that tally of 17 in the 1994/95 season. In between
those they managed 15 in 1995/96.
They haven't conceded a first half goal in 16 league and cup
The Magpies set a new club record of 13 successive top-flight league games during
one season without defeat*.
* that wording is to differentiate from the 14 game unbeaten PL
run that they managed across the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons and the
14 game First Division run that straddled the 1949/50 and 1950/51
Newcastle's uneaten PL run away from home is now six games,
their best run of top-flight form on the road since a bizarre
sequence of seven successive draws away from SJP during the
Newcastle's current seasonal tally of 35 points is one more than the
34 that they reached in the entire 2008/09 relegation campaign.
Since the 1-0 win in November 2010, United have played at the
Emirates 12 times (eleven
in the PL). Until tonight they had lost all 11.
The last Magpie to score here was Ayoze Perez in
December 2014, 657 minutes ago in the PL (777 minutes in all
The last time we led here was in March 2012, Hatem Ben
Arfa's 14th minute opener wiped out just a minute later.
Eddie Howe ended his own personal losing streak here as a manager,
gaining a point at the seventh time of asking following six losses
(five with Bournemouth, one with Newcastle).
Newcastle became the first team to stop Arsenal scoring home
or away in the Premier League this season - and they were the last
to do so, back in May, when running out 2-0 victors at SJP.
That win and this draw were our first back-to-back clean sheets
against the Gunners since 1996 (those games were a 1-0 win at SJP in March 1995 and
2-0 win at SJP in January 1996).
A point here and three at Spurs saw the Magpies avoid defeat in both
PL visits to North London in a single season for the first time
since 2006/07 (a 1-1 draw at Arsenal at 3-2 win at Spurs).
Nick Pope achieved his fourth successive clean sheet in the
PL (six in league and cup competitions) and he hasn't conceded a PL
goal in 362 minutes (542 minutes in all competitions). 10 of his 18 PL appearances have brought clean
sheets (12 from 20 in all competitions).
Collectively, Newcastle have managed now a sixth successive clean sheet in all competitions
- something last done by a Magpies side in March/April 1982.
That half dozen clean sheets all came in Division Two.
Magpies @ Gunners - PL years:
2022/23 Drew 0-0
2021/22 Lost 0-2
2020/21 Lost 0-3
2020/21 Lost 0-2 (FAC)
2019/20 Lost 0-4
2018/19 Lost 0-2
2017/18 Lost 0-1
2015/16 Lost 0-1
2014/15 Lost 1-4 Perez
2013/14 Lost 0-3
2012/13 Lost 3-7 Ba 2, Marveaux
2011/12 Lost 1-2 Ben Arfa
2010/11 Won 1-0 Carroll
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 og(Keown), Beardsley, Fox
1993/94 Lost 1-2 Beardsley
Newcastle became the first team to stop Arsenal winning at home
and scoring anywhere this season with an outstanding defensive display at the Emirates
It didn't begin well though, United surviving an early onslaught from the league
leaders which saw the ball almost continually in our box. The
seemingly-inevitable home goal never came though, Eddie Howe's side gaining a foothold in the game
after numerically boosting their midfield.
There were chances for the visitors; Joelinton heading
wide from three yards out and a VAR check dismissing a
suspected handball in his own box from Gabriel.
The division's meanest defence once again battled through to the
end though, surviving a late bombardment from the Gunners and forcing two
late corners at the other end as they sought to deliver a sucker
That failed to arrive, but at the other end Nick Pope made a superb
block with his feet to deny Eddie Nketiah two minutes from the end
of normal time.
That topped a defensive masterclass spearheaded by Sven Botman, but
every player contributed to a tenacious display that included a
generous measure of what used to be called gamesmanship but now has
a rather more fruity label (outhousery or something like that...)
That in itself though is testament to our progress, banishing
memories of the times we've made up the numbers here and trooped off
bullied and beaten.
Attempts were made in the media to align Newcastle's display here
with that of Leeds on Tyneside last weekend, coupled with the
implication that both Uniteds lacked ambition and were content to
stonewall. That theory wrongly compares a Leeds outfit whose clean
sheet was down to our inaccuracy with a Magpies side who snuffed out
the opposition threat.
An indicated five minutes of second half added time included a huge
home appeal for handball when a Granit Xhaka cross struck substitute
Jacob Murphy's arm in the area.
Referee Andy Madley however was unmoved by frantic protests and no
public VAR call followed - although goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale looked
to have set off to check the pitchside monitor himself.
That brought further histrionics from Mikel Arteta, who
spent the night jigging along the touchline, berating officials
and the away bench in an even more irritating fashion than Jesse
Marsch on Saturday.
Unusually Howe was prompted to react in the closing stages, but still kept his cool
in greeting the Spaniard's antics with the derision they deserved.
No fewer than nine yellow cards were dished out by Madley but
incredibly no player received two: Xhaka fortunate to avoid further
censure when clumsily halting the run of Joe Willock having
already been booked.
One of those bookings was for Jamaal Lascelles, who for the second
time this season was cautioned without having entered the field of
play - this one for (rightly) protesting about a home player gaining
territory from a throw-in adjacent to where the Newcastle man was
Players from both sides went down clutching their heads in what was a
bruising encounter, Willock leaving the field with what looked like
either a calf strain or cramp near the end, being replaced by Allan Saint-Maximin.
The returning Wilson looked unsurprisingly off the pace and lasted 68 minutes before making way for Chris
Wood in the only change to the side that faced Leeds United on
Despite returning to full training there was no bench place for
Alexander Isaak, but Martin Dubravka was unexpectedly included as a
substitute following his return from loan at Manchester United.
Given that Karl Darlow has occupied that bench slot in all three PL
games since the World Cup, it's now open to debate who is Pope's
understudy and who will be moving on.
If that last 0-0 was underwhelming, tonight's stalemate was the
complete opposite. Given our awful record here and the form the
hosts are in, the point could hardly have been greeted with greater
joy had it been all three.
Ayoze Perez may still be the last player to score for us here, but
recording only a second clean sheet in all 18 league and cup visits
is progress, as is improving our miniscule points total by one - to
five from a possible 45.
We may have prevented Arsenal from going ten points clear at the
top, but the gap from us is still nine with them having played a game fewer.
The Magpies stay third, a point behind Manchester City
having played two more games and ahead of Manchester
United on goal difference. The Red Devils have one game in hand on
Howe's battlers proved tonight though that the Gunners aren't invincible and
Newcastle now possess the mentality and the organisation to give
anyone a game anywhere. In short, a club that tries.
We return to Premier League action on Sunday week at home to Fulham,
following Saturday's FA Cup Third Round visit to Sheffield Wednesday
and the League Cup Quarter Final against Leicester City at
Gallowgate on Tuesday.
All to play for then, after another epic night in a remarkable
gravity-defying season. The return of Isak is eagerly awaited, while
the focus in this window seems rightly to be on boosting a midfield
working flat out.
So far so good though, very good.
PS: Last word goes to some locals in the post-match queue for the
Piccadilly line, some of whom weren't far behind their manager in
the ranting stakes over perceived injustices. From others though
there was some admiration and appreciation of us, albeit grudging.
No longer ignored.