And that's me signing off. it's been a tumultuous rollercoaster of a late kick-off. Welcome back to the Premier League!
Not a good day at the office for Arsene Wenger, with the Gunners lacking of any incision or guile all game. With a difficult fixture list over the next month or so, one feels developments at the Emirates in the near future will provide a blueprint for how the club will fare over the next few years or so.
And that's it! An enthralling end to a game that promised little at half-time. Joey Barton will steal all the headlines for his ugly involvement in the incident that saw Gervinho sent off. Not that Alan Pardew will care too much. It's a point gained here for the Magpies on the first game of the season.
And in retrospect, a poor decision. The Gunners somehow engineer a counter, though Djourou knocks the ball well behind Walcott with Newcastle on the ropes.
Though Arsenal bring on Djourou - quelling the pressure here big time.
Coloccini somehow finds himself out on the right flank and drifts in a dreamy ball, with Steven Taylor's headed effort cleared by Koscielny's diving heroics. If anything, it's looking like Newcastle could plunder this one.
Yellow Card Thomas Vermaelen
Which is by far and away a better result for Newcastle. I would not like to be Arsene Wenger in the next few days or so. Four minutes of stoppage time...
It's all calmed down over at St James. Looks like it's going to trundle to a 0-0 here.
Frimpong replaces Rosicky, thankfully. Not because Rosicky's done badly I should add, but I could just do with a break. It's been a pulsating 10 minutes...
Arsenal are still crafting things though - Walcott stands one up at the far post and with the goal gaping or a nod back to Van Persie also conceivable, Gibbs nods the ball into Krul's arms.
That could have been a rapid move from villain to hero - Barton brings one down on the edge of the box and lashes one over the bar.
Right, back into the football. Ten minutes left and Arsenal are a man down. What a climax to a game that looked like it was petering out.
Unclear to why exactly Gervinho was sent off. More likely for Barton's ridiculous over-reaction to the Ivorian's very, very timid lashout. He really has embarrassed himself here. "just when you thought it was going to be a quiet evening" muses Rob Stewart.
Yellow Card Wojciech Szczesny
Yellow Card Joey Barton
Red Card Gervinho
Yellow Card Cheikh Tiote
Yellow Card Tomas Rosicky
Yellow Card Kieran Gibbs
Yellow Card Fabricio Coloccini
Yellow Card Alex Song
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