Date: Saturday 27th November 2021, 12.30pm
Live on BT Sport
Venue: Emirates Stadium
2 - 0
Gunners 1 Magpies 0
56 mins Nuno Tavares pushed forward in the centre of midfield before
laying a pass off Emile Smith-Rowe out on the left hand touchline as Arsenal
kicked towards the North End of the stadium.
He quickly moved the ball forward to Bukayo Saka as Ryan Fraser moved in;
Saka then circling back before laying the ball to Smith-Rowe, who pinged a
low ball into the box where Tavares had arrived.
His touch and swivel was crucial - turning to play the ball into the path of
the onrushing Saka, who had outstripped Emil Krafth and was able to smoothly side-foot
home beyond Dubravka. Jamaal
Lascelles stood infield, claiming a non-existent offside instead of trying
mins With Newcastle players still aggrieved about the non-award of a
penalty, Arsenal went up the other end and struck again. Ben
White found Takehiro Tomiyasu, whose chipped ball to the right hand side of
the box set up Gabriel Martinelli to volley home with his second touch after
arriving from the bench, Dubravka seeming to hesitate before coming off his
Full time: Gunners
2 Magpies 0
Eddie Howe said:
"I thought it was a good performance, especially the start.
were good for the first half an hour. We came under pressure. The
game was decided in the incident with Callum Wilson and the penalty
- a tough call against us - then they scored in the aftermath.
"I don't know why Callum would go down - he was one on one, a great
chance. Games swing on those moments. It feels like those big calls
have gone against us.
"(It was a)
Great save (from Aaron Ramsdale to deny Jonjo Shelvey). I
thought it was in.
"The pleasing thing today is how we started and
finished the game. We created chances. Ramsdale has played well. We
weren't clinical, but at least we were creating chances.
"The players have been very responsive. They have given everything
in the two games. I can't ask more than their best.
"We just have to
look at the first one (Tuesday's home game against Norwich
City). Momentum in football is so important. We need to get that
win as quickly as we can.
"It is great to be back. You donít enjoy losing.
Managing and being out there in action is what itís all about."
Mikel Arteta said:
"In the first half we took the game where we wanted but without being a
real threat and understanding how we needed to attack that
"We lacked some composure in the final third, we could
have played the final ball better, the shooting - I don't know how many
times we shot without hitting the target at all.
"In the second half we changed a few things. Our rhythm, our purpose was
much better and we started to generate chances. We managed to score two
and obviously the game was in control."
Newcastle have now failed to win any of their opening 13
Premier League fixtures, extending their worst-ever sequence from
the start of a season.
In terms of remaining winless at any time in a season, today's defeat
saw the current crop Magpies match the barren 13 match Premier
League run of the side between December 2007 and March 2008.
The worst PL run is 14 matches, "achieved" across two seasons
from April to September 1999.
Since a 1-0 success in November 2010, we've visited
Arsenal on 11 occasions (ten in the PL)....and lost
the bloody lot.
Eddie Howe has now lost each of his six games there whilst in
charge (five at Bournemouth....)
The last Newcastle player to score here was Ayoze Perez in
December 2014, 567 minutes ago in Premier League games (687
minutes when adding in last season's FA Cup visit that went into
and Matt Ritchie both collected their fifth bookings of the
season and miss Tuesday's visit of Norwich City to SJP. Callum Wilson
remains on four yellow cards but still needs to evade further sanction in
any of the next six PL games.
Magpies @ Gunners - PL years:
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
Following his release from COVID isolation a
day earlier, Eddie Howe was at the Emirates on Saturday to witness
the task that lies ahead of him from pitchside for the first time.
That may have been a new experience for the Head Coach, but for the
away support this was only too familiar: United suffering an
eleventh successive defeat and failing to find the net for the
seventh time in a row.
The fruitless hunt for a clean sheet anywhere in the league this
season also continued; Howe's attempt to stem the tide resulting in
a recall for fit-again Martin Dubravka, Emil Krafth and Ryan Fraser
- the latter pair replacing Ciaran Clark in central defence and
Jacob Murphy at right wing back.
That the remodelled side made it to the interval without being
breached was as much due to Arsenal's sluggishness and profligacy as
our solidity - in particular a glaring 41st minute chance that
should have given Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang a goal against Newcastle for the sixth successive game.
Nuno Tavares crossed for Emile Smith-Rowe to head goalwards from
point-blank distance, but although Dubravka pushed the ball out it
fell straight to Aubameyang, who somehow hit the post when it looked
impossible to miss.
Reaching half time scoreless was welcome, but hardly cause for
confidence, given that we'd achieved first half shutouts on each of
our previous three visits here before conceding soon after the
That would become four on 56 minutes, when a becalmed United fell
victim to a Saka punch; a neat build-up allowing the lively
Londoner to fire home.
And ten minutes later the defeat was confirmed by a second home goal
- Saka departing with a thigh strain but his replacement
Gabriel Martinelli gracefully
volleying in his first goal of the season after just 93 seconds
Mikel Arteta's side then gradually eased up and
allowed United to spend some time in the opposition half; Allan Saint-Maximin
with a few
Jacob Murphy twice sending balls across the box that reached nobody.
A disappointed Howe took some positives from the performance but
his team were always second best in this contest and beaten comfortably
by the end.
In our eyes Krafth is just a Swedish version of Ciaran Clark and
Fraser did nothing that Murphy or Manquillo wouldn't have emulated.
His call to reinstate Dubravka was the right one though; the
Slovakian making a couple of decent stops in addition to the
Smith-Rowe header from point-blank range.
Retaining his place in the side,
Jonjo Shelvey was responsible for the two most dangerous shots of
United's recorded five on target - the first of which was struck
from long distance and tipped
onto the bar by Aaron Ramsdale.
Much post-match comment was devoted to a trio of penalty claims by
United; shirt tugs on Fabian Schar and Saint-Maximin and a barge by
Gabriel that sent Callum Wilson sprawling immediately before Arsenal
made it 2-0.
Amid accusations of bias that had surfaced in the opening minutes of
the game when multiple calls went in favour of the hosts, referee Stuart Attwell
waved away shouts and VAR official Darren England was equally
Coming at the end closest to the away section, the Wilson one looked
dubious in real time but calls for the others to be given were led
by the TV watchers.
The nagging feeling that the home side would have been awarded at
least one of those spot kicks though was only partly negated by the
late appeal that
Lascelles survived when shoving Martinelli.
Yellow cards for Matt Ritchie and Jamaal Lascelles means that
both will now miss Tuesday's must-win visit of Norwich City.
Given the shortcomings of both today though in a
collective defensive display that left much to be desired, those two enforced changes may not be
the worst situation to be in.
Jamal Lewis appears to be an obvious selection against his former
club on the left, while it remains to be seen whether the as-yet
unexplained exile of Federico Fernandez that pre-dates the arrival
of Howe comes to an end.
No points and no goals is par for the course at this venue of
course; privately we'd worried that Arsenal's eagerness to atone for
their 0-4 loss at Liverpool may have resulted in us being
As it is, hopes of mounting any sort of serious attempt to get out
of danger rest on beating Norwich City and Burnley at SJP in the
next week. Anything else threatens to leave us cut adrift, given
that a failure to land six points will mean that the Canaries and/or
the Clarets will have boosted their tallies.
We learnt nothing today that we didn't already know: the problems
Howe has inherited lie deeper than merely getting players to have
their dinner together. Getting into good habits and including
discipline and morale are worthwhile, but trying to build something
with sub-standard parts is doomed to failure.