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G. Xhaka
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P. Aubameyang
A. Maitland-Niles
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H. Mkhitaryan
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R. Nelson
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M. Almirón
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38% 61%
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Shots On Target 2 2
Total Passes 378 616
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Commentary

That's all from us today folks, we hope you enjoyed the game!
Newcastle will hope to pick up their first points of the season next Saturday when they travel to newly promoted Norwich City. Meanwhile Arsenal return to the Emirates, they welcome Burnley next weekend.
Arsenal clinch a 1-0 victory over Newcastle in their first league game of the season, thanks to a 58th-minute goal from Aubameyang. It was a game with very few chances, especially in the second half, with Newcastle unable to test Leno in the Gunners goal during the second period. Arsenal broke the deadlock when Maitland-Niles did well to nick the ball off the toes of Willems, he then raced forward and whipped the ball into the box for Aubameyang, who chipped the ball over Dubravka and into the back of the net.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: NEWCASTLE 0-1 ARSENAL
90' + 2' Xhaka goes down under pressure close to the Newcastle corner flag, which Arsenal will just try to keep in that area of the pitch and run down the clock.
90' There will be a minimum of four minutes added time played.
89' Decent chance! Saint-Maximin does well down the left, but Maitland-Niles manages to get back at him just in time. However, the ball then falls nicely to Joelinton on the edge of the penalty area, but he skies his effort high over the bar.
88' There's just a few minutes left to play now, plus any additional time, can Newcastle mount one last attack to try and salvage a point out of the game?
86' Good chance! Mistake by Schar that allows Martinelli to play the ball off to Aubameyang, who tries to pick out Pepe in the box, but the Newcastle defender manages to make up for his error by making the interception and clearing the danger.
Martinelli
H. Mkhitaryan
84' Third and final Arsenal substitution now, with Mkhitaryan coming off and he has been replaced by Martinelli.
83' Newcastle have nearly everyone back inside their own half now and they aren't closing Arsenal down with enough intensity, so it's pretty comfortable for the Gunners to keep the ball.
G. Xhaka
Yellow Card
81' Xhaka dives into the back of Almiron, who gets the ball away to a team-mate before the Arsenal skipper clattered into him. The referee shows him a yellow card.
79' Arsenal are starting to take their time with all of their throw-ins and set pieces now, much to the displeasure of the home supporters, who haven't had anything to cheer about in this half.
77' Still no chances for Newcastle in this second half, they haven't tested Leno and despite the persistence of Almiron, he has been unable to beat Monreal down the left.
75' Arsenal kept just one clean sheet in their 19 away league games last season (1-0 at Watford), with only 15th placed Burnley (36), 14th placed Bournemouth (45) and the bottom two clubs Fulham and Huddersfield (both 45) conceding more away goals than the Gunners last term (35).
73' Newcastle haven't really recovered from going behind, Arsenal are controlling the game and look the more likely of the two sides to score next.
N. Pépé
R. Nelson
71' Here is Arsenal's record signging Pepe, he comes onto the pitch, replacing Nelson.
70' Xhaka is caught late by Saint-Maximin after the Newcastle substitute tried to win the ball back, it's a high challenge up the leg of the midfielder, but no yellow card is given.
68' Decent effort! Ritchie drills a low ball into the penalty area from a corner, which Almiron meets at the near post, but his drilled effort is blocked and goes out of play for another corner. However, Arsenal defend this set piece well.
A. Saint-Maximin
S. Longstaff
67' Another Newcastle change now, with Longstaff coming off and he has been replaced by Saint-Maximin.
Dani Ceballos
J. Willock
64' Here comes the first Arsenal substitution, with Willock replaced by Ceballos.
62' There is still plenty of time for Newcastle to get back into the game, however Arsenal look full of confidence now and aren't allowing their opponents any time or space on the ball.
60' Aubameyang has now scored 22 goals in his last 27 Premier League games in matches played on Sunday.
A. Maitland-Niles
Assist
58' Maitland-Niles read the pass out from the back and saw that Willems was going to try and wait for it to come to his feet, so nicked it away from him. He then goes on to perfectly pick out Aubameyang in the box.
P. Aubameyang
Goal
58' GOOOAAALLL! Arsenal lead 1-0 as Aubameyang fires them ahead. Maitland-Niles nicks the ball off the toes of Willems who didn't react quickly enough to a pass by Dummett. The Gunners right-back then breaks forward with pace and picks Aubameyang out perfectly in the box, which a lovely chipped ball, the striker controls it and then dinks it over Dubravka and into the back of the net.
56' Still no signs of any Arsenal changes coming, but they need to do something to try and break the deadlock, as Newcastle look comfortable right now.
J. Willems
J. Shelvey
54' Newcastle make the first substitution of the game, with Shelvey coming off the pitch and he has been replaced by Willems.
52' Arsenal have a few players getting warmed up on the sidelines now, including Pepe and Lacazette. We might see them feature soon as Arsenal are unable to test the Newcastle goal at the moment.
50' Bruce has lost more games in all competitions against Arsenal than he has against any other side in his managerial career (19), beating the Gunners just twice in 27 previous meetings (May 2005 with Birmingham and November 2009 with Sunderland).
48' Bright start here by Newcastle, they've shown a bit more attacking intent in the opening few minutes of the half, with Almiron once again causing problems.
46' The second half is underway!
Arsenal have enjoyed more of the ball, keeping it well in the middle of the pitch but they haven't done enough with it in front of goal and the Newcastle defence have looked pretty comfortable so far. Bruce will be the happier of the two managers at the break.
It's goalless at the break between Newcastle and Arsenal at St James' Park, but both teams have had a couple of good chances to open the scoring. Joelinton has gone close twice, the first with a glancing header at the near post that flew narrowly wide, before firing another effort straight at Leno from the edge of the box. Shelvey also went close, with a powerful volley that Leno had to tip around the post. Meanwhile for Arsenal, Mkhitaryan had a great opportunity, but he drilled the ball high over the crossbar and then Aubameyang tested Dubravka at his near post, but the Newcastle keeper stood firm and made a good save.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: NEWCASTLE 0-0 ARSENAL
45' There will be a minimum of two minutes added time played.
43' The pace has dropped in the last few minutes as both teams try to see the game out to half-time. Arsenal are in possession, but they aren't threatening to do anything with it in front of goal.
41' There's not long left to play in the first half now, can either side break the deadlock before the half-time whistle?
39' Almiron tries his luck from long range, but his curling effort has too much on it and the ball flies high over the crossbar.
H. Mkhitaryan
Yellow Card
37' Mkhitaryan is booked after his late sliding tackle on Hayden, deep on the left touchline as the Newcastle man tried to clear the ball from deep inside his half. A silly challenge that didn't need to be made in that area of the pitch.
36' The Arsenal pressure is starting to build now, they are spending more and more time in the half of Newcastle, who are having to sit deep.
34' Maitland-Niles is getting some treatment on the pitch after Ritchie clips the left ankle of the Arsenal right-back, causing him to twist it. However, he should be fine to continue.
32' SAVE! Dubravka is called into action at his near post to deny Aubameyang after a lovely ball in behind the Newcastle defence by Mkhitaryan. The striker tries to beat the Newcastle keeper from a tight angle, but he stands firm.
31' We're past the half-hour mark now at St James' Park and it remains goalless at the break, with Newcastle having a couple of good chances to score and Mkhitaryan with the best Arsenal opportunity so far.
29' Newcastle haven’t won their opening league game of a season since 2012-13 (2-1 at home to Tottenham). Since then, they have lost five and drawn one of their opening day matches in the last six seasons, including one game in the Championship.
27' CHANCE! Joelinton with another good opportunity for Newcastle. This time he manages to work the chance himself, showing good feet to beat a couple of Arsenal defenders on the edge of the box and work space for the shot. However, he fires the ball straight at Leno, who makes a good save.
R. Nelson
Yellow Card
25' Nelson is the first Arsenal player to be booked after his late sliding tackle on Schar. The winger lost the ball deep inside the Newcastle final third and in his efforts to win it back, he dives in and gets nowhere near the ball.
23' CHANCE! Mkhitaryan should be doing better! The Gunners break forward quickly in numbers and Monreal gets into a good position in the box before laying it off to Mkhitaryan who was racing into the penalty area. However, he blasts the ball high over the crossbar, when he should at least be getting that on target and testing Dubravka.
22' Newcastle have been the better side for the last five minutes or so, creating a couple of good chances in front of goal, whilst Arsenal are struggling to get going in attack.
20' CLOSE! Shelvey with a terrific strike from the edge of the box, he volleys it towards the top left-hand corner of the net. However, Leno manages to get across just in time and pushes it around the post. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
M. Almirón
Yellow Card
18' Almiron is shown the first yellow card of the game for simulation, after he throws himself to the ground under pressure from two Arsenal players, but there was no contact made and the referee awards a free-kick to the Gunners.
17' CHANCE! Joelinton with the first Newcastle opportunity of the game, as the hosts manage to get the ball forward into the Arsenal final third and Ritchie whips a lovely ball into the box towards the striker, who gets his head to the ball ahead of Chambers, he tries to glance it into the far corner of the net, but it flies just wide.
16' Maitland-Niles does well down the right wing, he beats Ritchie, cuts onto his left foot and then drills a low cross into the box, which Aubameyang flicks on at the near post, but Newcastle manage to clear the danger.
14' Almiron now appears to have a problem for Newcastle and it's another injury inflicted by Guendouzi. However, the medical team aren't needed and the striker quickly gets back up to his feet.
12' Slight worry here for Newcastle as Shelvey is down injured following a challenge on Guendouzi, the Arsenal midfielder just caught him late. However, it looks like Shelvey will be fine to continue and is going to try and run the injury off.
11' Arsenal have won 12 of their last 13 competitive fixtures against Newcastle, losing only once in this run: 1-2 at St James’ Park in April 2018.
9' Arsenal are just controlling the ball, playing it around the pitch at their own pace and Newcastle are starting to sit deep in order to soak up the pressure. It looks like the hosts are trying to break forward on the counter when they can, with Almiron already using his pace to beat Sokratis.
7' It's a very wet afternoon in Newcastle, miserable weather for their opening game of the season. The conditions could play a part in today's result. No chances for either side so far.
5' The visitors are dominating possession in the early few minutes of the game, keeping the ball well in their own half, but Newcastle are pressing high to prevent them from having any time or space.
3' The Newcastle fans are furious with the referee, after they feel they should've been awarded a free-kick after Sokratis clattered into the back of Almiron around 30 yards out. However, the referee isn't interested.
1' Arsenal go on the attack straight away, with Aubameyang and Willock linking up well, but Aubameyang just makes his run in-behind the Newcastle defence too early and the flag goes up for offside as he races into the box.
1' We're underway!
The teams are out at St James' Park and kick-off is just a few minutes away. Stay tuned for all of the match action!
The last time that Arsenal played an away game on the opening matchday of a league season was against Newcastle in 2011-12, when they drew 0-0. This will be the first time in eight seasons that Arsenal haven’t opened a league campaign with a match at the Emirates Stadium.
Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are not involved for Arsenal today following "further security incidents". Emery has given starts to youngsters Nelson and Willock in midfield as three of their new signings, Pepe, Ceballos and Martinelli are on the bench.
Just one new signing starts for Newcastle today, with Joelinton featuring in attack for the Magpies, he is their record signing after joining from Hoffenheim this summer.
ARSENAL SUBS: Emiliano Martinez, Dani Ceballos, Alexandre Lacazette, Lucas Torreira, Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz, Gabriel Martinelli.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Calum Chambers, Sokratis, Nacho Monreal; Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka; Joe Willock, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Reiss Nelson; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
NEWCASTLE SUBS: Karl Darlow, Ciaran Clark, Allan Saint-Maximin, Yoshinori Muto, Jetro Willems, Emil Krafth, Federico Fernandez
NEWCASTLE (4-4-2): Martin Dubravka; Javier Manquillo, Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett; Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff; Miguel Almiron, Joelinton.
Steve Bruce is at the helm of his first Premier League game in charge of Newcastle after taking over the reins from Rafa Benitez in July, after the Magpies finished 13th last season. Meanwhile Unai Emery takes charge of his second Premier League season at the Gunners, they finished fifth last season and got to the Europa League final, but ultimately lost to Chelsea, so they are without Champions League football again this season.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Premier League clash between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park.