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Season 2023-24
Arsenal (a) Premier League


Saturday 24th February 2024, 8pm
Live on TNT Sports

Emirates Stadium

Conditions: Dispirited

Programme: £4





4 - 1




18 mins Bukayo Saka's corner from the right was headed at the near post by Gabriel. Loris Karius made a good save but the ball dropped down by the goalline and as Tino Livramento tried to clear it, it hit Sven Botman's knee and crossed the line before Karius grabbed it.

This was the first time the Gunners have scored in the opening half at home to Newcastle in five attempts since April 2019 and the earliest they've been ahead here against us since 2014. 0-1

24 mins Jorginho clipped the ball into the box for Gabriel Martinelli, who was allowed to complete his run unchecked by Botman. The Brazilian took the ball in his stride before pulling it back from the byline where Kai Havertz side-footed it into the net from the edge of the six yard box. 0-2

Half time: Gunners 2 Magpies 0

65 mins A loose pass from Botman near the halfway line gifted possession to Arsenal. Martin Odegaard passed to Declan Rice and he moved the ball to Havertz who played it to Saka wide right. He took on Livramento and beat him inside the box before hitting a low shot that eluded everyone including a static Karius and Fabian Schar, who could only deflect the ball in. 0-3

69 mins Rice's corner found the head of Jacob Kiwior and the ball brushed Lewis Miley before Karius juggled it over the line. William Saliba was standing next to the 'keeper when Kiwior headed it in an offside position but no-one, including VAR, seemed interested and there was no official check. 0-4

84 mins United made progress up the left and when the ball reached Anthony Gordon inside the box he waited for the overlapping Dan Burn. He took the pass and played a measured cross to former Gunner Joe Willock who stooped and looped a header in off the far post in front of the away fans.  

TV footage of the celebrating away section showed visible gaps - in reality not all of those seats were ever filled and some who did witness the 45 minutes sloped off and didn't return. 1-4

Full time: Gunners 4 Magpies 1

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

"I need to see it again before I make rash statements - but we were not where we needed to be, whether that was psychological or technical. We just weren't there.

"Disappointed with the first half especially. I don't think we truly got going at all. They put us under pressure and I thought we'd weather it and come into it but we never came out of that moment. We'll learn a lot from that first 45.

"With every game that goes by and we concede goals it's a concern. We're working on lots of things behind the scenes to try to improve that but that probably wasn't evident in today's performance. Defending from set plays wasn't good enough.

"(At half-time) there was a mixture of blunt honesty and how are we going to play in the second half. It was much improved, we were the dominant team and had some chances and you thought if we could get the next goal the game could swing.

"The players that have been fit have been magnificent this season in really challenging circumstances. We’ve always managed to have that spirit to come back. This was difficult, but I thought we showed our character in the second half, and now we're going to have to show that again against Blackburn, which is a huge game in our season.

"In really, really challenging situations, the players have really stuck together. We have to do that now for Blackburn. We have to look at this as the biggest game of our season, and yeah, there's a lot resting on this next game.”

On the enforced goalkeeping change:

"I would have liked him
(Karius) to be quieter than he was, I would have liked us to have defended our goal better than we did.

"I thought he made some good saves and I thought he kicked okay so it's his second game and he's come in for two really tough games so he can be pleased with his performance.

"It was (Friday) it became apparent that Martin wasn't going to make the game. In some senses, I don't think that's an issue for a goalkeeper of (Karius') experience."

On Isak and Willock:

"I think Joe's cameo was excellent. I think he showed exactly what we've missed from him, and his qualities of attacking the box late and getting goals.

"Alex's return was a huge positive, and he’ll hopefully have improved for that 60 minutes. Apart from that though, I'm struggling to find too many more.

"We know that our run of form has not been as consistent as we want it to be but coming here, we were unbeaten in five, so I don't think it was all bad. 

"This is a defeat we'll have to take on the chin, and we'll have to come back stronger for it.”

They Said


Mikel Arteta:

"I think we had a great performance, big credit to the boys after just half a day to prepare for the game. The way they executed everything - the intensity, the commitment, the determination, the aggression and progression in everything that we were doing with the ball. 

"They played with a lot of courage against the team and we got rewarded. I think we fully deserved to win the game.

"The fact that we are scoring goals in various ways, from various players as well, is really satisfying. We could’ve scored many more today and we have to continue to do that, and keep developing all the things we can still do better and something we have to improve obviously, and get players back which as well we are doing right now. That’s going to be really important.

"Newcastle are a top side, they are really well-coached and it’s very difficult to do what we’ve done today, to have them in the positions and to make them suffer like we’ve done, so credit to the boys.

"The team is hitting form, we are in a good moment, the players individually are performing. It’s not any secret things are flowing at the moment, we are scoring goals in various ways, and we want more. We score one and we want to go for the second and third and the fourth one and I love that mentality from the team.

"In sport things happen for a reason and you have to learn from that. If you feel sorry for yourself from three days ago (0-1 Champions League defeat in Porto), what is it? It’s a learning (curve) - we do that and we cannot cry because of the result. 

"We have to understand why that happened and be better, and that was the energy and it was in the back of the players and they have done it."


Loris Karius became the tenth Magpie to make his Premier League bow for the club this season and the 267th in total. His second competitive appearance for the club came almost a year to the day after the first, in the Carabao Cup Final against Manchester United at Wembley.

He's the fourth German-born player to appear for Newcastle in the PL after Alan Neilson, Dietmar Hamman and Joselu. Tonight was his 30th appearance in that competition; the most recent of his 29 for Liverpool was in a 4-0 defeat of Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield in May 2018.

Karius is the 15th different goalkeeper to appear for United in their 1,098 PL games. He failed to become the seventh to have marked the occasion by keeping a clean sheet.

Pavel Srnicek (started, lost 0-1)
Tommy Wright (sub, lost 1-2, came on at 1-0)
Mike Hooper (started, won 2-0)
Shaka Hislop (started, won 3-0)
Shay Given (started, won 2-1)
Steve Harper (sub, won 3-1, came on at 1-1)
Jon Karelse (started, lost 2-4)
Tim Krul (started, won 1-0)
Rob Elliot (started, won 4-2)
Jak Alnwick (sub, won 2-1, came on at 0-0)
Karl Darlow (started, lost 0-1)
Martin Dubravka (started, won 1-0)
Freddie Woodman (started, lost 2-4)
Nick Pope (started, won 2-0)
Loris Karius (started, lost 1-4)

Newcastle's wait for a goal at this stadium
finally came to an end thanks to Joe Willock. That came after 861 goalless minutes in all competitions (741 minutes in PL only) since Ayoze Perez netted in another 1-4 loss, in December 2014.

14th PL goal for United puts him one up on Fabian Schar and Hatem Ben Arfa, level with Loic Remy and one behind Andy Carroll. His 13th was against Manchester United at SJP last April.

became Newcastle's 18th different PL scorer this season (excluding own goals) - the largest number of different players to net in that competition, exceeding the 17 recorded during both the 2019/20 and 2021/22 campaigns.

Magpies @ Gunners - PL era:

2023/24 Lost 1-4 Willock
2022/23 Drew 0-0
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's 193rd competitive fixture against the Gunners extends the record for the team we have played the most in league and cup.




That Newcastle's five game unbeaten run was abruptly ended at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night came as anything but a shock, even if Eddie Howe's side were notionally 90 minutes away from completing their first win double over Arsenal since 1995 at the first whistle.

What followed was inevitable given United's porous defence and the form of Mikel Arteta's side, who made it 30 points out of a possible 39 here this season with minimum fuss; instantly taking the game by the scruff of the neck and allowing the visitors one touch in the home box before half time. 

Throw in some righteous indignation from the Gunners after the over-the-line controversy in the previous meeting - married with residual whining after the 0-0 here last season - and the outcome was almost pre-determined.

Sadly for those of a Magpie persuasion who survived the invasive dud ticket lottery created by their own club, what followed on the field was barely worth crossing the road for - never mind trekking here for the sadistic start time and the enforced overnighter for all but the hardiest travellers.

The bodies thrown in the way of anything that moved here in last season's 0-0 draw that included five away bookings were absent here tonight: no dark arts were required to overcome us in what at times had the feel of a friendly match. There seemed little appetite for the fight from our lot; an unwillingness to fully engage in the contest seemingly symptomatic of a lack of belief. That may be an understandable attitude for the fans, rather less acceptable from the players.

A bungled attempt at an attack by Miguel Almiron represented our only forward move of an opening period in which Arsenal beat a path to the goal guarded by Loris Karius with depressing regularity, winning their first corner within 20 seconds.  

The German custodian was making his league debut for United after Martin Dubravka was ruled out due to an unspecified illness. He was beaten for the first time by an attempted clearance from Tino Livramento
after a corner that rebounded off Sven Botman and over the line. 

That was in the 18th minute and just six minutes later Kai Havertz converted Gabriel Martinelli's
pull back to double the score, Botman again found wanting

Somehow United made it to the break without conceding further and although they made no changes for the second half, some harsh words in the dressing saw them at least try to get upfield after Havertz reverted to type with a glaring miss when it looked easier to score.

Alexander Isak fired narrowly over before Anthony Gordon's routine effort at David Raya registered his side's first shot on target in the 49th minute. That hint of a revival was an illusion however, as the Gunners merely raised their game a few notches and added two further goals within five minutes.

The first of those following a
double switch by Howe, Bukayo Saka continuing his scoring run with Fabian Schar getting the final touch before Arsenal's fourth from another corner; credited to Jakub Kiwior but deflected off Lewis Miley for a third home goal with a final touch from a visiting player. 

Going 0-4 behind saw a further trio of substitutions and one of those was fit-again
Joe Willock, wisely replacing Bruno Guimaraes, who continues to successfully walk his yellow-card tightrope and didn't allow frustration to get the better of him here, despite being well shackled throughout.

Also introduced was Dan Burn, dropped for Livramento after Howe belatedly opted to change his backline. We'll never know whether Blyth's favourite son would have coped better with Arsenal's fruitful set pieces, but he did add an assist and a goal line clearance just before full time. 

Had that gone in, it would have been the 100th goal scored during our 26 league games. Gulp.

Back to the 99th goal though and Burn's centre was headed home by Willock, ending the wait for a Newcastle strike on this ground that was closing in on a decade since Ayoze Perez nodded in Jack Colback's cross to the visible disgust of opposition manager Arsene Wenger. 

Along with seeing Isak walk off the field unassisted, the return of a bulked-up Willock was one of the few positive aspects of tonight, along with the fact we can't play these buggers again this season.

That's scant consolation though on what was a demoralising night in North London when Kevin Keegan's infamous line about being a million miles away from the front runners came to mind. 

We're no fans of Lego hair, but feel a measure of gratitude to him after our goal difference reduced by just three. While we had a full week in which to be outclassed, his side were in Porto. The effort expended there may just have kept tonight's scoreline from the landslide we'd silently feared.

Howe may also care to express his appreciation to Arteta's side for boosting his efforts to secure an extended contract for Joelinton, whose absence here tonight was telling. That this was Lewis Miley's least impressive game since his debut was no reflection on him, rather on the situation that has seen him (effortlessly) growing up in public. 

With barely a chance to draw breath then it's on to Blackburn, when a sold-out away end will hope that the 2024 vintage Magpies can reprise some of the fabulous nights under the Ewood lights their predecessors enjoyed - but not the one with that Fenton lad. 

Defeat wouldn't end our season, but it would give Howe's critics more ammunition than coming second best here, on a ground where Manchester City and Liverpool also left empty-handed.