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November 7, 2010 1:30 PM GMT
Emirates Stadium
Referee:‬ Mike Dean‎
 
 
Andy Carroll 45′
Top of the Match
Tim Krul
Tim Krul
Newcastle United
Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll
Newcastle United
Flop of the Match
Laurent Koscielny
Laurent Koscielny
Arsenal FC
Lukasz Fabianski
Lukasz Fabianski
Arsenal FC

Arsenal 0-1 Newcastle United: Andy Carroll strike stuns hosts as Van Persie return fails to inspire Gunners

Koscielny sent off in stoppage time to cap nightmare afternoon

BPL, Arsenal and Newcastle United, Andy Carroll(getty Images)
By James Daly at the Emirates

Arsenal missed the chance to close the gap on Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, after an Andy Carroll strike sealed a sensation win for Newcastle United, who now find themselves in the top four.

Arsenal welcomed back captain Cesc Fabregas for the visit of Newcastle, but there were also a chorus of cheers for the announcement of Robin van Persie, returning to the bench after two months out with an ankle injury.

Sol Campbell, also returning to the Emirates, but in a Newcastle shirt, received a warm welcome from the Arsenal faithful when he stepped off the bench to warm up a few minutes into the half.

Arsenal's first chance came from their mercurial captain, Cesc Fabregas. England youngster Jack Wilshere won a free-kick on the edge of the box after a typically bullish run, and Fabregas curled the resulting deadball delicately towards goal, but a nick off the Newcastle wall directed it onto the top of the crossbar and it was scrambled away.

At times Arsenal's football was intricate, neat and free-flowing, the sort of build-up play that manager Arsene Wenger has built a reputation on. All too often, though, that final ball was found wanting. This was no more apparent than when a lovely one-touch move involving Samir Nasri and Fabregas found the feet of Marouane Chamakh but his final pass was poor, and straight to the feet of Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote.

Newcastle were not to be out played, though, and had done their homework. The defence sat deep and squeezed out the Gunners attack while the Magpies relied on quick attacks with the athletic Andy Carroll and Jonas Gutierrez stretching the home defence.

Ten minutes before the break Tim Krul pulled off the save of the half from a measured Nasri shot from 18-yards, tipping the Frenchman's curling effort over the bar. The resulting corner was easily cleared and Newcastle broke but Gutierrez's cross was toed away by Sebastien Squillaci.

Right on half time Newcastle grabbed the lead with a route-one goal. Joey Barton's floated free-kick from deep found Carroll, who had lost his marker, and the big striker out jumped Lucasz Fabianski to nod into an empty net.


Blunder | Carroll wheels away after capitalising on an error from Fabianski

Arsenal started the second half really brightly as they looked to equalise in quick fashion and came so close to doing so as Walcott burst into the box from the right flank, his own man Chamakh only just getting out of his way as he rattled the underside of the bar with Krul having no chance.

Minutes later, Arsenal were sniffing around again in the box as Song got to the byline and pulled it back across goal for the waiting Chamakh, but the Moroccan was just beaten to it by Danny Simpson who managed to clear the danger.

Wenger, sensing that his team might be able to get something from the game brough on van Persie and Arshavin to go for the kill, but it had little to no impact as Newcastle were dealling with the threat admirably.  The Magpies even showed some attacking threat of their own as they won their first two corners of the game.

Arsenal were becoming more and more frustrated with their lack of ability to create chances, and this was shown as Fabregas was booked for a silly challenge on Tiote who was excellent all day. 

Bendtner was brought on for Wilshere as a final throw of the dice by Wenger, but he still had no questions that the Newcastle back four couldn't answer.

As the match entered its last ten minutes Arshavin did brilliantly down the left and chipped the ball straight onto Fabregas' head, but the Spaniard could only direct his header straight at Krul.

Nile Ranger was brought on for Shola Ameobi and he quickly made an impression with a spectacular attempt with a bicycle kick, however it blazed way over the bar.

Ranger made an even bigger impact as he got goal side of Koscielny in the 93rd minute and as he looked to be charging towards goal, the Arsenal man brought him down with a clumsy challenge.  It was a long way from goal, but he was certanly the last man and Ranger was through.  Mike Dean had no hesitation in bringing out the red card to further ruin Arsene's day.

The final whistle blew soon after, and despite Arsenal having the best of the possession, there are few that would deny Newcastle deserved a result here.


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Arsenal FC

21
Lukasz Fabianski
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Bacary Sagna
Defender
93′
3.00
6
2.50
18
3.00
22
Gael Clichy
Defender
23′
3.00
17
Alexandre Song
Midfielder
3.00
10
Jack Wilshere
Midfielder
73′
3.50
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
69′
3.00
14
Theo Walcott
Striker
3.00
29
3.50
8
Samir Nasri
Striker
56′
3.00

Newcastle United

4.00
1
Tim Krul
Goalkeeper
3.00
25
3.00
2
3.50
6
3.50
3
3.50
17
Joey Barton
Midfielder
3.50
24
Cheikh Tiote
Midfielder
32′
3.00
4
Kevin Nolan
Midfielder
3.00
18
3.50
9
3.00
23

Substitutes

1
0.00
5
0.00
27
Emmanuel Eboue
Midfielder
0.00
7
Tomas Rosicky
Midfielder
0.00
10
3.00
23
0.00
20
3.00

Substitutes

0.00
12
Ole Soderberg
Goalkeeper
0.00
27
0.00
23
0.00
17
Alan Smith
Midfielder
0.00
15
0.00
-
3.00
30

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
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