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Season 2014-15
 Arsenal (h) Premier League


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Date: Saturday 21st March 2015, 3.00pm.

St. James' Park.

Conditions: Watchable.



Newcastle United



1 - 2




24 mins Santi Cazorla fired in a free-kick which was flicked on by Danny Welbeck for Giroud to steer home via his knee at the Gallowgate End. 0-1

28 mins Giroud shrugged off his marker Williamson and headed Cazorla's corner into the corner of the net with Anita unable to protect the post. 0-2

Half time: Magpies 0 Gunners 2

48 mins Newcastle swept forward down the right wing through Ryan Taylor, Remy Cabella supplying a smart cut back for Sissoko to whack home his fourth goal in all competitions this season near the penalty spot. 1-2

Full  time: Magpies 1 Gunners

We Said

John Carver:

"I said to them just be proud of what you do be proud of wearing the shirt and give the fans something to shout about because that's all they're asking for. 

"It's amazing - once we got on the front foot all of a sudden the team came alive and the stadium came alive - it was nice to see.

"I'm exhausted to be honest. I think I've kicked every ball.

"What I will say is, what a fantastic performance by the eleven boys, plus Jonas Gutierrez coming on, and giving a performance like that. I'm so proud of them.

"We've scored an Arsenal-type goal, haven't we? Great build-up play down the right-hand side, a cut back and what a finish by Moussa Sissoko.

"What is disappointing is the type of goals we've conceded. Two from set plays - they haven't opened us up.

"I thought we started the game quite well. There wasn't much in it. We had a nice shape to the team and there weren't any problems, and that's why it’s a little bit frustrating.

"When you concede so many laterals eventually you're going to get punished, and we did.

"In the second half, I thought we took the game to them, we were on the front foot, we had more energy and I can take an awful lot from today.

"There certainly wasn't anyone on the beach with their flip-flops on, that's for sure.

"After the comments last week, which were ridiculous, from ex-players - I'm surprised at that - every single one of them, and I include the lads who came on the pitch as second-half substitutes, gave everything for this football club.

"It showed that they are not on their summer holidays yet and they'll keep having a go.

"The only thing that's on my mind and the only thing I'm worried about is this football club and making sure everything I do is 100 per cent, everything the players do and give is 100 per cent, and that's all I can ask for.

(Remy Cabella) tired a bit towards the end but you’d expect that with the medial ligament injury he was coming back from. 

"I knew he would tire but again, he showed some flashes of skill and in the first half in particular he did something which was similar to something I saw at the training ground which I mentioned.

"He’s a huge talent. We’ve already talked about investing in the summer – if we invest in the right way and invest in players like him and get them around him then who knows what we can do?”

They Said

Arsene Wenger:

“We have played four games in two weeks and three away games at Manchester, in Monaco and here today and we have won all the three.

“The last 40 minutes were difficult because our legs had gone a little bit and Newcastle played very well in the second half.

“But we had an outstanding first half going forward and a very fluent game by creating chance after chance, and in the second half, we had just to show different qualities and hang on.”


Carver in charge: played 12, lost 7, drawn 3, won 2. 
(Scored 11, conceded 21)

Moussa Sissoko's
tenth Toon goal in all competitions was the first that the Gunners have conceded at SJP in 321 minutes since Cheick Tiote's effort back in 2011.

There was a first bench appearance for 18 year-old midfielder Olivier Kemen but he remained an unused substitute.

Arsenal secured their seventh successive victory over Newcastle - our worst-ever run against them, exceeding the six game losing run between 1976 and 1984.

It's now nine meetings without victory for Newcastle over the Gunners since Andy Carroll struck at the Emirates in November 2010.

Esoteric - or pathetic?

Sissoko's strike meant that today marked the first time in 16 attempts that we've won a half against the Gunners.

Giroud - scourge of Newcastle:

Newcastle 1 Arsenal 2 (scored 2)
2014/15 Arsenal 4 Newcastle 1 (scored 2)
2013/14 Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0 (scored 1)
2013/14 Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1 (scored 1)
2012/13 Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1 (scored 0)
Arsenal 7 Newcastle 3 (scored 2) 

Gunners in Toon - Premier League era:

2014/15: Lost 1-2 Sissoko
2013/14: Lost 0-1
2012/13: Lost 0-1
2011/12: Drew 0-0
2010/11: Drew 4-4 Barton 2, Best, Tiote
2010/11: Lost 0-4 (LC)
2008/09: Lost 1-3 Martins
2007/08: Drew 1-1 S.Taylor
2006/07: Drew 0-0
2005/06: Won 1-0 Solano
2004/05: Lost 0-1
2003/04: Drew 0-0
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Robert
2001/02: Drew 1-1 Robert (FAC)
2001/02: Lost 0-2
2000/01: Drew 0-0
1999/00: Won 4-2 Speed 2, Shearer, Griffin
1998/99: Drew 1-1 Hamann
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1996/97: Lost 1-2 Shearer
1995/96: Won 2-0 Ginola, Ferdinand
1994/95: Won 1-0 Beardsley
1993/94: Won 2-0 Cole, Beardsley

Full record against Arsenal: 

  P W D L F A
SJP 81 40 19 22 143 93
H/Em 81 22 17 42 86 141
League 162 62 36 64 229 234
SJP(FA) 2 0 2 0 4 4
H/Em/W/VG 8 4 0 4 7 12
SJP(LC) 1 0 0 1 0 4
H/Em 3 0 0 3 0 8
Cup 14 4 2 8 11 28
Tot 176 66 38 72 240 262





Saturday saw Newcastle register their first home goal against the Gunners since Cheick Tiote's unforgettable strike in 2011, but unlike that effort, it wasn't enough to give John Carver's side a share of the points in 2015.

A 48th minute shot from captain Moussa Sissoko roused Gallowgate from its slumbers and prompted a massively improved second half showing from the Magpies.

That performance disproved the notion that this was a team wearing flip flops - as had been claimed by one TV pundit - but some slipshod defending in the first half ultimately left United with too much ground to recover. 

Arsenal may have seen their Champions League hopes extinguished in midweek, but arrived on Tyneside seeking a sixth consecutive Premier League win and with Olivier Giroud bidding to score in his fifth successive PL game.

Sadly, both sequences were to be lengthened and the destination of the points decided thanks to a five minute spell in the opening half hour, during which the striker twice latched on to set pieces and beat Tim Krul.

That took Giroud's tally against Newcastle to a walloping eight from just six outings - an even better strike rate than his predecessors Ian Wright and Nicolas Anelka.

Having admitted that his outfield selection was from a pool of just thirteen players, Carver chose to make three changes to the side who meekly surrendered to Everton.

Out went the suspended Fabricio Coloccini, while Gabriel Obertan and Emmanuel Riviere were dropped in favour of Goodison substitutes Remy Cabella and Ayoze Perez.

As had been the case when reduced to ten men last week, Ryan Taylor filled in at left back, Jack Colback appeared on the opposite flank and Mike Williamson was partnered by makeshift centre half Daryl Janmaat.    

Perez forced an early block from Gunners' 'keeper David Ospina and the stopper had to head clear a minute later.

Perez and Sammy Ameobi linked up well before the linesman flagged and United continued to press in the early stages, forcing a corner that Sissoko headed wide.

Arsenal took the lead in the 24th minute when Santi Cazorla fired in a free-kick which was flicked on by Danny Welbeck for Giroud to steer home via his knee at the Gallowgate End.

A rapid counter attack then ended with Danny Welbeck volleying wastefully wide but the lead was soon doubled when Giroud shrugged off his marker Williamson and headed Cazorla's corner into the corner of the net with Anita unable to protect the post.

That knocked the stuffing out of United and it looked like Arsenal would increase their lead, but despite dominating play to an extent reminiscent of the first half of that 4-4 draw that brought four goals, none more arrived. 

Trudging off at half time amid inevitable booing, the same starting eleven appeared after the break and began to show much overdue signs of warming to their task.

Within minutes Newcastle swept forward down the right wing through Ryan Taylor, Remy Cabella supplying a smart cut back for Sissoko to whack home his fourth goal in all competitions this season near the penalty spot.

Bringing the crowd to life, Perez almost instantly levelled, curling a wonderful effort narrowly wide before slicing another shot off target as United rediscovered their ability to create forward momentum.

Yoan Gouffran then had a weak effort saved following handball appeals against Calum Chambers before Sissoko looked to have scored as he touched on Williamson's header from close range - only for David Ospina to make an instinctive point-blank block.

Jonas Gutierrez replaced Anita and he and Cabella were causing the visitors all sorts of problems but the second goal continued to elude the black and whites.

Tim Krul denied Welbeck and Cabella had penalty appeals waved away once again by referee Mike Jones before Perez forced Ospina into an improvised stop with his foot after the shot deflected off an opponent. 


Arsene Wenger's mob survived that second half onslaught and held on for a win that could in part be attributed to some clumsy challenges from United and the continued inability of the visiting players to remain on their feet, a ploy that successfully broke up play at crucial points.

Despite that though (and below-par contributions from Anita, Gouffran and Williamson) there were noteworthy displays, notably from the lively Cabella, the assured Janmaat and the industrious Perez. Depressingly, those performances will have been noted by ambitious clubs.

The cynical will also suggest that the resurgence of Sissoko had more to do than impressing the opposition than responding positively to wearing the armband.   

Had Papiss Cisse shown some self-discipline in our last home game (and his dodgy knee held out) then one or even three points could have been ours here. 

Put simply, Arsenal had a goal poacher, we didn't. 

The defeat saw Newcastle slip down a place to 12th with Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace moving a point ahead as a consequence of winning at Stoke - a sixth league victory in ten games for the former Magpies boss.

His smug expression will need to be tolerated on Match of the Day, but at least for fans of his old club there's a reason to actually bother tuning in for a change. 

Beaten but not disgraced then, with enough twitches from the corpse to suggest that regaining a measure of local pride from our next game isn't totally beyond us.


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