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

Newcastle United crest

Newcastle United

  • Ayoze Pérez 29'
  • Matt Ritchie 68'
Arsenal crest


  • Alexandre Lacazette 14'
FT 15th April 2018 1:30 PM (BST)

St. James' Park

Premier League

Referee : Anthony Taylor

15th April 2018 1:30 PM (BST)

Commentary By @unknown

Newcastle end a run of 10 consecutive defeats against Arsenal after an awful clearance header by Nacho Monreal gifted Newcastle the lead through Matt Ritchie’s near post finish. Arsenal had taken the lead in the first half after Lacazette latched onto Aubameyang’s cross at the back post, before Perez levelled matters with a near-post finish of his own. Arsenal dominated possession throughout the second half but could find no way through a crowded Newcastle defence in what was, for the most part, a toothless attacking display. The result means Newcastle go 13 points clear of the relegation places with five games left to play.



Yellow card Islam Slimani


The fourth official has indicated three minutes of additional time.


It is all Arsenal possession at the moment as Newcastle get everybody behind the ball to see out what would be an impressive win. The Gunners seem short of ideas to break down the Magpies.


Substitution Matt Ritchie Jacob Murphy


Substitution Alex Iwobi Edward Nketiah


Arsenal work the ball around the edge of the box but can't find a way through. It drops to Iwobi inside the D but his effort is quickly blocked. Time is running out for the Gunners.


Arsenal have the quality in their squad to find an equaliser but it is hard to see it coming at the moment. They have been well marshalled by this Newcastle defence and have not troubled Dubravka at all in the Newcastle goal.


Substitution Ayoze Pérez Gutiérrez José Luis Sanmartín Mato


Substitution Calum Chambers Ainsley Maitland-Niles


Substitution Calum Chambers Ainsley Maitland-Niles


Good link up play between Aubameyang and Lacazette inside the Newcastle box looks to have created chance but Mohamed Diame pinches the ball from the feet of Lacazette before the striker can get his shot away.


Newcastle come forward on the counter after a spell of Arsenal pressure but Perez's touch is too heavy, allowing Holding to race across and clear the ball.


STAT: Newcastle have won one of their last 32 home Premier League games when they've conceded first, a 3-2 win over Everton in December 2014.


Assist Ayoze Pérez Gutiérrez

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Goal Matt Ritchie


Substitution Joseph Willock Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah Welbeck


Iwobi tries to find Lacazette inside the box but it is blocked by a defender. It falls back into the path of the Arsenal midfielder though and he tries his luck towards the near post, but it is just wide.


Arsenal clear a cross to the edge of the box and it bobbles its way to Ritchie on the right. He takes a touch to come inside before unleashing a dipping effort. Too high though, over the bar.


Substitution Dwight Gayle Islam Slimani


The volume in St. James' Park rises as Gayle runs at the Arsenal defence. He runs out of room though and can only find a blue shirt with his pass. Better from the Magpies though, who haven't really offered anything in this second half going forward.


Arsenal look to work something down the right wing but find themselves crowded out by Newcastle shirts. They play the ball back towards the halfway line instead, giving Newcastle time to push out. That has summed up how this second half has gone so far. 


Arsenal have enjoyed almost 77% of the possession in the second half so far, but have not cause the Newcastle defence any problems at all. Benitez will certainly be the happier of the two managers at the moment.


Still neither side can find much joy in attack in these opening stages. Perez tries on two occassions to sprint at the Arsenal defence on the counter attack but he is comfortably dealt with by the Gunners' back three.


STAT: Ayoze Perez has scored in three consecutive Premier League games for the second time in his career (also Nov 2014).


Neither side have settled into much of a rythm in these opening minutes. Arsenal are enjoying more of the possession but it is all in and around the midfield area. 


Arsenal get the game back underway, kicking right to left.

The players are coming back out onto the pitch, ahead of the start of the second half.

It is all square at the break and Newcastle have gone toe to toe with Arsenal and shown they can cause them problems defensively. Alexandre Lacazette's opener from Aubameyang's pass was cancelled out by Ayoze Perez's near-post finish. Besides the two goals, both goalkeepers have rarely been tested and it is all to play for in this second half.



The fourth official has indicated one minute of additional time.


Shelvey's passing range is causing plenty of problems for Arsenal. He finds the run of Gayle once again inside the Arsenal box but the Newcastle forward is unable to get on the end of it in time.


Arsenal stretch Newcastle as they come forward with pace. Lacazette tries to find Aubameyang inside the box but the pass has just a little too much pace on it and goes harmlessly out of play. 


Close! Aubameyang's shot from the free kick is straight into the wall. Xhaka picks up the rebound and chips the ball towards a far post, where it is fired across the face of goal for Chambers. The left-back gets his foot to it but he can only fire it over the crossbar. 


Arsenal with a free-kick just outside the box after Lejeune brings down Iwobi. A good shooting opportunity for the Gunners, very central.


Most of Arsenal's attacks have come through Aubameyang and Nacho Monreal on the left wing. It is the right-back this time who tries to whip in a cross but there is no one there to meet it. Chambers tries a first-time volley from the clearance but it is an easy claim for Dubravka.


Credit to Newcastle who have continued to look confident and determined despite going a goal behind. They have stuck to their game plan and it paid off for them with that goal. 

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GOAL! An excellent long ball by Shelvey puts Newcastle on the front foot quickly. Arsenal are stretched and DeAndre Yedlin finds Ayoze Perez with a low cross, who fires a first-time shot beyond Petr Cech at the near post. Wonderful stuff from the Magpies.

Home team crest
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Away Team crest


Goal Ayoze Pérez Gutiérrez


Close! Some good one-touch stuff from Arsenal in the attacking half and it almost results in an own goal. Chambers' low cross across the face of goal is poked just narrowly wide of the near post by Florian Lejeune. He didn't make clean contact though, the defender will be relieved to see that roll wide.


STAT: Arsenal have lost five of their last 12 away Premier League games when scoring first, including each of the last two occasions (v Bournemouth + Swansea).


Newcastle try to work something outside the Arsenal box but are unable to find any way through. Arsenal attempt to catch them on the break through Aubameyang but Shelvey does brilliantly to race back and pinch the ball away from the Gunners' forward.


Not bad from Iwobi. A throw in from the left is flicked into feet of the midfielder inside the Newcastle box. He is swarmed by black and white shirts but somehow still finds space to shoot. His low effort is straight at Martin Dubravka though, who read it well.


It looks like Arsenal are starting to find the cracks in this Newcastle defence now. Cech quickly plays the ball out and it pays off, with Arsenal finding themselves in a 3v2 situation. Aubameyang has the ball on the left wing but opts to cut inside and try to go for goal himself, spurning it just over the crossbar. The warning signs are there for Newcastle though.


Assist Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Goal Alexandre Lacazette


A lofted pass from the back suddenly puts Newcastle on the front foot. Arsenal race back quickly in numbers and Matt Ritchie's cross is easily cleared in the end. Neither goalkeeper has been made to work so far.


A pass straight through the centre of midfield by Jonjo Shelvey finds Kenedy just outside the box. The Chelsea loanee spins to find himself with plenty of space but his powerful low drive can only fly wide of the right post. 


A decent start from the Magpies as they contain Arsenal well. They are pressing the Gunners quickly when they reach the final third and trying to break on the counter attack when they do recover possession. 


Some good footwork on the left wing by Aubameyang sets Arsenal on their way. The ball finds its way to Alexandre Lacazette on the edge of the box who drifts into a bit of space before dragging a low effort wide of the left post. 


STAT: Joe Willock (born in August 1999) is ust the fourth player who was born after Arsene Wenger's first match in charge to make a Premier League appearance for Arsenal (Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson & Eddie Nketiah are the others)


Newcastle get the game underway, kicking right to left. The home side are in their usual black and white stripes while Arsenal are in all blue.

The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.

Arsenal makes six changes to the starting line-up from that 2-2 draw against CSKA Moscow during the week. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang returns to the side after being ineligible to feature in European competition. Calum Chambers and Rob Holding replace Hector Bellerin and Laurent Koscielny in defence, while Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil are replaced in midfield by Granit Xhaka, Alex Iwobi and Joe Willock.

Newcastle names the same side that beat Leicester 2-1 away from home last weekend. Ayoze Perez scored and assisted one in that game and lines up behind striker Dwight Gayle.

Arsenal substitutes: Mertesacker, Ospina, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Nelson, Nketiah.

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Cech; Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal; Elneny, Xhaka; Willock, Iwobi, Aubameyang; Lacazette.

Newcastle United substitutes: Clark, Murphy, Slimani, Hayden, Manquillo, Joselu, Darlow.

Newcastle United XI (4-4-1-1): Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy; Perez; Gayle.

There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…

Rafael Benitez’s men could match a feat Newcastle last achieved in November 2014 by winning five games in a row, but they face a side which they haven’t beaten at home since December 2005.  The good news for Benitez is that he has a fully fit squad at his disposal, including the return of striker Islam Slimani, who missed last weekend’s game against Leicester City.

It hasn’t been an easy ride for Newcastle on their return to the top flight but they are on the brink of Premier League safety after losing only one of their last eight games, including winning the last three. The Magpies sit 10 points clear of the relegation places and only a dramatic slump in form would see them face the drop now.

The odds are in favour of the Gunners however; as they face a side they have won 10 games in a row against. A victory this afternoon for Arsene Wenger’s men would see them match their best ever win streak against a single team (11 against Middlesbrough, 1994-2004, and Manchester City, 1930-1935).

Arsenal survived a scare against CSKA Moscow during the week to set up a Europa League semi-final tie with Atletico Madrid and keep alive their only realistic hope of qualifying for the Champions League. Arsenal’s domestic inconsistency this season means they sit 13 points adrift of Tottenham in fourth with only 18 left to play for.

Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of today’s Premier League game between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St. James’ Park.

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As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Manchester City 33 +68 87
2 Manchester United 33 +37 71
3 Liverpool 34 +43 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 33 +35 67
5 Chelsea 33 +24 60
6 Arsenal 33 +17 54
7 Burnley 33 +4 52
8 Leicester City 33 +2 43
9 Everton 34 -15 42
11 Bournemouth 34 -15 38
12 Watford 34 -18 37
13 Brighton and Hove Albion 33 -15 35
14 Huddersfield Town 34 -27 35
15 West Ham United 32 -18 34
16 Crystal Palace 34 -18 34
17 Swansea City 33 -19 33
18 Southampton 33 -20 28
19 Stoke City 33 -33 27
20 West Bromwich Albion 34 -25 24

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