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Arsenal vs Newcastle United at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel

Arsenal crest


  • Mesut Özil 23'
Newcastle United crest

Newcastle United

FT 16th December 2017 3:00 PM (GMT)

Emirates Stadium

Premier League

Referee : Stuart Attwell

16th December 2017 3:00 PM (GMT)

Commentary By @unknown

Thanks for joining our commentary this afternoon. Until next time, goodbye.

Mesut Ozil scores the only goal of the game to guide Arsenal to a narrow victory over Newcastle this afternoon. The win ends the Gunners' three-game stretch with a victory in the Premier League, although Arsene Wenger's men were far from their best. The Magpies pushed for a leveller, but lacked the quality in the final third to salvage a point. Rafael Benitez's men have lost eight out of their last nine games and heading towards the relegation zone.



The referee ends the contest.


The ball takes an awkward bounce in the box for the Gunners, but a foul by Joselu on Koscielny stops the Newcastle attack.


Ritchie has not been at his best since he arrived on the pitch and his floating header back into the box is claimed by Cech.


Yellow card Granit Xhaka


Yellow card Granit Xhaka


There will be four minutes of added time.


Substitution Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez Francis Coquelin


Substitution Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez Francis Coquelin


Newcastle waste another free-kick as Cech comes through a crowd of players to claim Joselu's flick-on.


Yellow card Ignacio Monreal Eraso


Arsenal are looking fragile all over the pitch at the moment. Newcastle are growing in confidence and will feel that they can snatch a point here.


WIDE! Perez again! Ritchie swings a cross to the back post for Perez to attack. The Spaniard gets above his compatriot Bellerin and powers a header at goal, but his accuracy is off, guiding his attempt wide of the post.


Substitution Mikel Merino Zazón Mohamed Diamé


OVER! Perez latches on the ball on the left flank, but he can only fire over the bar. Newcastle are putting the pressure on now.


WIDE! Newcastle are inches away from an equaliser as Gayle tees up Joselu for a strike on the edge of the box. The Spaniard fires at goal and Koscielny makes the block. The deflection takes the ball inches past the post.


Ritchie wastes a Newcastle free-kick as he tries to go for goal from distance, but he blasts his effort harmlessly wide of the post.


Koscielny rises from a cross into the box and makes skimming contact with his effort. His header was always heading wide, but Sanchez on the stretch just cannot reach at the back post.


SAVE! Wilshere is denied by Elliot. Giroud did well to knock Sanchez's cross back into the middle and the midfielder powered his effort towards goal, only to be denied by a good reaction stop.


Substitution Alexandre Lacazette Olivier Giroud


Substitution Alex Iwobi Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah Welbeck


Bellerin slides a fine throughball to Ozil, who in turn attempts to pick out Lacazette in the right inside channel, but the German overhits his pass out for a goal-kick.


Bellerin releases Lacazette down the right flank, but once again the Frenchman's final decision is poor as he plays the ball straight to Hayden.


Substitution Jacob Murphy Dwight Gayle


Bellerin makes an important tackle on the slide stopping Joselu's throughball from reaching Murphy on the left flank.


Iwobi shows quick feet after collecting Ozil's pass, but he can only muster a tame effort at goal, allowing Elliot to save with ease.


Arsenal are stringing passes together on the edge of the Newcastle box, but are searching for the clinical moment to secure the second goal.


Ozil lifts a corner in from the right flank and Iwobi with his back to goal tries an audacious overhead effort, but he can only send his strike over the bar.


CHANCE! Lacazette spurns a glorious chance to double his side's lead. Monreal's battling header allows Ozil to release the Frenchman into the right inside channel. However, he gets too cute with his effort as he tries to lob Elliot, but sends the ball off target over the bar.


SAVE! Newcastle break down the left through Murphy, who gets the better of Bellerin as he cuts back on to his right foot. The winger fires a low effort at goal, but Cech makes the save and pushes the ball away from the net.


OVER! Ritchie collects a loose ball on the edge of the box and has space and time to pick his spot with a strike, only to blast his effort well over the bar.


Lacazette collects in the box and he turns Lascelles to open up space for a strike, only to blast his effort well over the bar.


Substitution Christian Atsu Twasam Matt Ritchie


Iwobi tries to weave his way through the Newcastle defence and has a slight bit of fortune as Yedlin's attempt at a tackle sees the ball whack off the midfielder's shin and head towards the bottom corner. Elliott makes the save, but does not gather the ball. However, the Newcastle keeper sweeps the ball away from Iwobi before he can pounce.


Newcastle clear their lines and Murphy carries the ball forward down the left, only to see his cross blocked by Bellerin. The Magpies have offered next to nothing in the final third.


Yedlin almost prods the ball towards his own goal in his attempt to tackle Sanchez. Arsenal have a corner on the left flank.


Arsenal probe down the left flank in the early stages of the half through Sanchez and Wilshere, but the Magpies keep them bay for now.


We're back underway at the Emirates Stadium.

Mesut Ozil's special strike has handed Arsenal the lead at the break against Newcastle. The Gunners have not been at their fluent best in the final third, but the German put them ahead by powering a volley into the top corner following a poor clearance from Florian Lejeune. Newcastle have tried to offfer a threat in the final third by committing men forward when possible, with their closest effort Jamaal Lascelles' header from distance. It's not looking overly encouraging for Benitez's men.



Arsenal break just before the interval, but before Sanchez can shoot, the referee blows the half-time whistle.


WIDE! Sanchez seizes possession on the edge of the box and tries to catch out Elliot with a snap shot, but his effort goes wide of the post.


There will be two minutes of added time.


Monreal and Merino have a clash of heads in the box, and play is stopped as both men receive treatment.


Atsu makes a good run down the right and wins a corner for his team as Maitland-Niles blocks his cross.


Iwobi drives into the box and goes for power with his strike, but Lascelles puts his body on the line to make the block.


Yellow card Isaac Hayden


BLOCK! Ozil and Lacazette combine in the final third and the German tries to find the net from a tight angle. He manages to get the ball past Elliot, but not Lejeune, who clears the ball behind for a corner.


Bellerin has space to raid forward, but he plays in a poor inside pass to Sanchez, allowing Lascelles to make the interception.


PENALTY SHOUT! Lacazette turns Lejeune in the box and gets pulled down by the defender, but the referee waves play on. The striker regains his footing and keeps the attack alive, only to be denied by a good intervention from Manquillo.


Newcastle win a free-kick and they opt for a quickly-taken option as Merino knocks the ball to Murphy, but his cross is claimed with ease by Cech in the box.


WIDE! Ozil tees up Xhaka for a strike on the edge of the box and the midfielder goes for goal. He makes a clean connection with his effort, although the ball trickles past the post.


Murphy tries to latch on to a long ball over the top for the visitors. However, the ball does not fall for him on the edge of the box and it allows the Gunners to clear the danger.


Arsenal are keeping the Magpies pinned back in their own half and are dominating possession at the moment. Benitez will be concerned on the Newcastle bench.


Sanchez opens up the Newcastle defence down the left. He lofts his pass for Bellerin at the back post, but the full-back scoops his effort over the bar.

Home team crest
1 - 0
Away Team crest


Goal Mesut Özil


Xhaka loses possession in the middle of the park and the Magpies bring the ball away. The home crowd sigh in frustration at the midfielder's error.


The Gunners break on the counter, but Sanchez fails to make the key offload and the Magpies are able to clear the danger. It has been too easy for the visitors in the early stages of the match.


The home side are yet to get going in the final third and need a spark of inspiration from one of their key men.


Arsenal win a free-kick following a handball by Merino, but Ozil's free-kick into the box is cleared with ease by the Magpies.


Newcastle have a decent spell of possession in the Arsenal half, but are unable to conjure an effort at goal. Those moments will be fleeting for the visitors so they have to maximise their opportunities.


WIDE! Maitland-Niles intercepts the ball at the half-way line and charges through the Newcastle defence. He goes for goal from the edge of the box, but his effort crashes into the side-netting. An excellent run and strike from the Arsenal left-back.


OVER! Arsenal work their way into the box and Lacazette nudges the ball towards Sanchez in the box, but the forward sends his effort over the bar. That was a good opening for the home side.


Arsenal probe on the edge of the box with a patient passing approach. Newcastle keep their discipline to keep the Gunners at bay.


BLOCKS! Yedlin makes an important block to deny Lacazette in the left inside channel after the striker found room from Sanchez's lay off. The rebound falls to Bellerin and he tries his luck from inside the box, only to be denied by Lejeune.


Newcastle keep the pressure on the Gunners by winning a corner, but Yedlin wastes possession by hammering his effort from distance over the bar.


Atsu wins a free-kick in the Arsenal and Merino whips the resulting set-piece into the box. Lascelles pulls off his man at the back post and guides a powerful headed effort at goal, forcing Cech to palm behind.


Lacazette is afforded time to shoot on the edge of the box, but he drills his effort straight at Elliot.


The resulting corner almost falls for Monreal, but the Magpies manage to clear the danger before the Spaniard can make a clean connection.


Bellerin and Sanchez combine down the right and the Gunners win a corner as Manquillo blocks the full-back's cross behind.


We're underway at the Emirates.


The players are out on the pitch, so we should be underway shortly.

STAT ATTACK! Arsene Wenger’s side haven’t lost back to back home Premier League games in the same season since November 2010, with one of those defeats coming against Newcastle.

STAT ATTACK! Newcastle have lost their last five Premier League visits to Arsenal – however, their last victory there came in November 2010 when they were newly promoted.

STAT ATTACK! Arsenal have won each of their last nine Premier League games against Newcastle, scoring 22 goals and conceding just six.

FLASHBACK! Laurent Koscielny scored the only goal of the game in the last meeting to hand the Gunners a narrow victory in this fixture in January 2016.

Benitez has rung the changes for Newcastle this afternoon following their defeat at the hands of Everton during the week. Following his mistake for Wayne Rooney's goal Karl Darlow is replaced between the sticks by Rob Elliot. Ayoze Perez, Jacob Murphy, Issac Hayden and Joselu also return to the line-up.

Despite his side's failure to beat West Ham, Wenger has made just one change to his starting line-up from the fixture. Alexander Lacazette is recalled to start ahead of Olivier Giroud. Jack Wilshere retains his place in the midfield alongside Granit Xhaka, starting his second Premier League game on the bounce. 

Newcastle subs: Clark, Dummett, Gayle, Diame, Ritchie, Aarons, Darlow.

NEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1): Elliot; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Hayden, Merino; Atsu, Perez, Murphy; Joselu.

Arsenal subs: Giroud, Ospina, Chambers, Welbeck, Kolasinac, Coquelin, Elneny.

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles; Wilshere, Xhaka; Iwobi, Ozil, Sanchez; Lacazette.

The team news has been announced and we'll start with the home side.

Newcastle have dropped worryingly close to the relegation zone, having lost seven out of their last eight matches. The one draw in that period came at The Hawthorns when Rafa Benitez's men came from behind to earn a point. However, since then they've suffered three defeats on the bounce, including back-to-back home losses to Leicester and Everton. The Magpies need to stem the tide somehow.

The Gunners are on a three-match winless run in the Premier League, having been frustrated by West Ham during the week. Arsene Wenger's men dominated possession against the Hammers, but could not find the breakthrough. The result followed poor performaces against Manchester United and Southampton - when a late Olivier Giroud strike was needed to avoid defeat. Arsenal have a good opportunity to get back to winning ways this afternoon, with struggling Newcastle coming into town.

Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium.

Other games that day

  • Leicester City0
    Crystal Palace3
  • Manchester City4
    Tottenham Hotspur1
  • Brighton and Hove Albion0
  • Watford1
    Huddersfield Town4
  • Chelsea1
  • Stoke City0
    West Ham United3

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Manchester City 18 +44 52
2 Manchester United 17 +26 38
3 Chelsea 18 +18 38
4 Arsenal 18 +11 33
5 Burnley 18 +4 32
6 Liverpool 17 +14 31
7 Tottenham Hotspur 18 +13 31
8 Leicester City 18 +1 26
9 Watford 18 -6 22
10 Everton 17 -8 22
11 Huddersfield Town 18 -14 21
12 Southampton 18 -7 18
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 18 -9 18
14 Crystal Palace 18 -13 17
15 West Ham United 18 -15 17
16 Bournemouth 17 -5 16
17 Stoke City 18 -20 16
19 West Bromwich Albion 17 -10 14
20 Swansea City 17 -13 12

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