2nd January 2016, 3.00pm.
Venue: Emirates Stadium
(unchanged from 2014/15)
1 - 0
Gunners 0 Magpies 0
72 mins A
home corner delivered by Ozil was headed straight up into the air by Paul
Dummett and when Olivier Giroud beat Fabricio
Coloccini to head goalwards, last man Ayoze Perez was caught flat-footed.
The ball fell kindly for Laurent Koscielny to poke it past past Rob Elliot from
four yards at the north end of the stadium. 0-1
Full time: Gunners 1 Magpies 0
"If we’d had Olivier Giroud we would’ve comfortably won the game. That’s
the difference. You’re always searching for that.
"Unfortunately at the moment Emmanuel Riviere is injured, just coming back.
Cisse, who is a goalscorer, is injured for the next two or three months.
We’ll have to wait for a second opinion next week.
"The business we’ve got to do will stay private but we’ve been working
behind the scenes and will continue doing tirelessly. We’ve got other
goalscorers who need to step up to the plate and start scoring, doing our
"First eight games and three points people were questioning the team. Since
then we’ve had 11 games and in the last five or six they’ve been excellent.
We’ve seen they’ve got the quality. We can do it. There’s 18 to go and we’ve
got to start doing it.
"The performances have been there. The attitude, work, energy, organisation.
It’s at both ends, isn’t it? It’s why Arsenal are top and why we are where
"That’s what you look for - performance. It’s difficult to come here. The
league is very close but we have to keep performing like that, keep
believing even though we keep getting knock backs - especially in the last
"I thought it’d really test their spirit and motivation but you can’t fault
it. In fact they’ve come back stronger than during the bad week we’ve had.”
"It was a difficult game against a good Newcastle side.
"Our legs were a little bit heavy today, overall we were tested against a team
that has a lot of technical quality. You have to say 'let's stick together and try and win the game if we can', the
mental aspect of our game was tested today.
"Not to drop points when you play like we did today is important. It helps the
team as well, we will go through the season with moments where we don't play
well and memories of doing that before helps you hang on some times.
"I know that when you are capable of winning when you don't play well, that
shows a mental aspect of your team that will be very important in moments that
will be difficult.
"I think we are more experienced than the teams I had when I
moved into the stadium here. On our day we could play everybody off the park and
when you had to dig deep you experience it was a bit more difficult. It was
"Now, the experience, the quality of their attitude, the team always has
the charisma. If you look at the team as a unit, it is like person. If you look
at your team like a person and the vibes that are coming out - you can sense in
this job if you feel it or not.
"I must say (you see) another aspect of your team in a game like (this
one). It is more the mental aspect - you fight, don’t panic and wait for your
chance. We were more questioned on that aspect than the way we played football.
"I also believe that everyone else’s organisation has improved. What is
even more (surprising) is physically you won games in maybe the last 20 minutes
when you were superior technically. That is not the case anymore.
"When you go forward, the team against you in transition always has the
resources to come out and kill you. Look at the players who come on. They always
have the quality to finish you off when you go for it. That is something new.”
About Petr Cech:
"He made two big saves. One in the first half and one at the beginning of
the second, on top of that he gives calm and never panics and today we
The Gunners were our first-ever
opponent in the Football League (a 2-2 away draw in September 1893) and
remain our most familiar ones: this our 178th league
and cup meeting - more than both Manchester City (174) and Liverpool (170).
Sadly it was our 74th defeat (66 wins, 38 draws).
Arsenal collected their ninth successive victory against Newcastle home and away, since a 0-0 draw at Gallowgate
in August 2011. It's now eleven meetings anywhere without a Toon
victory over the Gunners, since Andy Carroll's header at the Emirates in
November 2010 in a 1-0 win.
Moussa Sissoko made his 100th Premier
League appearance and they have all been starts.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech faced the Magpies in the Premier League for the
17th time and recorded a 12th clean sheet in those games (15 at Chelsea,
two at Arsenal).
United are without a goal in their last 332 minutes of Premier League
football - still some way short of their longest famine this season, which
stands at 464 minutes.
A third successive 0-1 loss is the first time we've repeated the same
result on three occasions in the Premier League since a trio of 2-0
victories in April 2012, leaving us fifth with 59 points.
Magpies @ Gunners - Premier League years:
2015/16: Lost 0-1
2014/15: Lost 1-4 Perez
2013/14: Lost 0-3
2012/13: Lost 3-7 Ba 2,
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,
2002/03: Lost 0-1
2001/02: Lost 0-3 (FAC)
2001/02: Won 3-1 O'Brien,
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),
1993/94: Lost 1-2
(games up until and including 2005/06 at Highbury, 2006/07 onwards at the
Full record against Arsenal:
First footing - last 20
(h) won 2-0
1997 Leeds (h) won 3-0
1998 Everton (a) won 1-0 (FAC)
1999 Crystal Palace (a)
won 2-1 (FAC)
2000 West Ham (h) drew 2-2
2001 Spurs (a) lost 2-4
2002 Manchester United (a)
2003 Liverpool (h) won 1-0
2004 Southampton (a) won
2005 Birmingham City (h)
2006 smoggies (h) drew 2-2
2007 Manchester United (h)
2008 Manchester City (h)
2009 Hull City (a) drew
2010 Plymouth (a) drew 0-0
2011 Wigan (a) won 1-0
2012 Manchester United (h)
2013 Everton (h) lost 1-2
2014 West Bromwich Albion
(a) lost 0-1
2015 Burnley (h) drew 3-3
2016 Arsenal (a) lost
It was a case of new year, old failings for United on Saturday - with a
third 0-1 loss in eight days.
And while the manner of this defeat was far more positive than feared, our
inability to post a clean sheet and the ease with which Arsenal did so led
to that familiar sinking feeling once again for the long-suffering away
contingent whose patience is being tested beyond reasonable levels.
Failing to convert chances into goals has been a constant refrain for Steve
McClaren's side - with the glorious exception of the Norwich City home game.
Taking those six strikes away from the stats though makes for grim reading
indeed: 13 goals in 19 games and just 5 in 10 away attempts.
Our familiar failing would be costly yet again, with Gini Wijnaldum (0 goals
from 10 away games), Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba all failing when
well-placed before the Gunners roused themselves to score a winner that they
The Magpies were certainly worthy of at least a point for a decent
display that more than matched the league leaders and left home followers
decidedly restless for much of the afternoon. But until a new points scoring
system is devised taking into account effort and misfortune, we'll just have
to work on the traditional one that rewards scoring more goals than the
opposition, or any goals.....
Having failed to manage a single shot on target when the sides met at SJP
earlier in the season, this was a much more cohesive performance - due in no small
part to the restoration of Gini to a central role and able support in that
area from Cheick Tiote, who continued in midfield after replacing the
hamstrung Vurnon Anita at West Brom.
Mitrovic and Wijnaldum had efforts at the end of the first half that went
close; the Serbian tried an overhead kick that was almost successful and
Wijnaldum intercepted a back pass but Petr Cech smothered his shot en route
to extended the Premier League clean sheet record.
And when Gini was through on goal three
minutes after the break, he seemed a
certain scorer but he shot straight at Cech with the goal gaping. Just
seconds later Ayoze Perez crossed for Mitrovic and he skied the ball off
his thigh at the near post from point blank range. Not impressive.
Those misses looked costly almost immediately as Aaron Ramsey nearly caught
out the fit-again Rob Elliot who grabbed the ball low to his left, Arsenal
belatedly trying to make an impact after failing to create anything of note
- presumably lulled into a false sense of security by our lowly
Mbemba had a free header that he got all wrong and skewed it well wide and
six minutes later the misses did indeed prove to be expensive as Koscielny steered
the ball past Elliot from close range.
But far from buckling under pressure United pushed for an equaliser and
Mitrovic again made contact in front of goal, only to head narrowly over from a Perez cross.
Wijnaldum did the same from a short corner and with
seconds remaining substitute Siem de Jong saw Cech grasp his overhead kick.
Victories for West Bromwich Albion, Norwich City, the mackems and Chelsea
added to the misery while Bournemouth gained a point at Leicester City. Only
defeats for Swansea City and Aston Villa prevented a weekend of total disaster, but United's new year message is a simple one:
SOS - Save our season - and SAS: sign
a striker - who can hit the ground (and the net) running.
And to hell with the cost. There's more than TV money at stake here and
watching the pennies this month will be the ultimate false economy. With even
the most diehard supporter clinging on to hope of an upturn, screwing that
up will have a devastating effect on the future of this club. People don't
need any more encouragement to walk away than they've had in the last three
It isn't 2009 and we don't have a divine right to waltz back up. The
Championship is a different animal now and the list of grand old clubs
living in reduced circumstances is a lengthy one.
There's nowt else left to say except that if Charnley is going to renege on
one promise, let it be the one about trying in the FA Cup this season. The
endless replays may now be consigned to history, but the memory of what
facing the Hornets in 1989 took out of us remains. Sorry.