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Newcastle United v Arsenal Live Commentary, 02/05/2021

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Mohamed Elneny (6)
P. Aubameyang (66)
St. James' Park

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This win moves the Gunners up to ninth in the table and they will now turn their attentions back to the Europa League, as they welcome Villarreal in their semi-final second leg. Meanwhile Newcastle remain 17th, nine points above the relegation zone and they face Leicester City next time out.
Arsenal get back to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Newcastle United, thanks to goals from Elneny and Aubameyang. They led 1-0 at the break and didn’t show much urgency to get a second, until Martinelli superbly picked out Aubameyang in the box and the striker fired it into the back of the net, to double his sides lead and mark his return to the starting line-up with a goal. It got worse for Newcastle, after Schar was shown a straight red card on 90 minutes for a late challenge on Martinelli.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: NEWCASTLE UNITED 0-2 ARSENAL
90' + 5' The fourth official originally added four extra minutes onto the end of the game, but after the sending off and injury delay, we will have a few extra minutes here.
90' + 3' Martinelli has only just got back up onto his feet following the challenge by Schar as he had to receive some medical treatment. However, it looks like he should be fine to continue.
90' + 1' VAR are taking a look at the red card decision just to make sure it is the correct call and they agree with the referee and the red card stands.
F. Schär
Red Card
Newcastle United
90' RED CARD! Schar has only been on the pitch for six minutes and he has now been shown a straight red card, after he lunges into the back of Martinelli and catches the winger high and late. Really poor challenge by the Newcastle centre-back.
89' Newcastle's only shot on target in this game came in the 19th minute through Saint-Maximin. This just shows how much Newcastle have struggled in front of goal today.
87' Newcastle have been without Joe Willock today, the man who has been popping up with a few vital late goals, as he is ineligible to play against his parent club. Willock scored the equaliser against Liverpool last weekend.
T. Partey
M. Ødegaard
Arsenal
85' Third and final substitution by Arsenal now, with Odegaard replaced by Partey.
D. Gayle
C. Clark
Newcastle United
84' A final attacking change for Newcastle here, with Clark replaced by Gayle.
82' Less than 10 minutes, plus any additional time added on to be played here and it is looking like Arsenal will be heading back to London with all three points.
80' Blocked! Murphy does well down the right wing and picks out Joelinton on the edge of the penalty area, who then lays it off Shelvey and the midfielder drills a low effort towards goal. However, it is well blocked by Chambers.
N. Pépé
P. Aubameyang
Arsenal
78' Arteta opts to give Aubameyang a rest and he is replaced by Pepe.
77' As it stands Arsenal will move up to ninth in the Premier League table with this victory, while Newcastle will remain 17th, nine points ahead of the relegation zone.
75' Arsenal just seem to be playing the game at their own pace now, comfortably seeing it out. There is still plenty of time left on the clock, but the hosts aren't showing any encouraging signs.
Joelinton
M. Almirón
Newcastle United
73' The other change sees Almiron replaced by Joelinton.
F. Schär
F. Fernández
Newcastle United
72' Newcastle have made a double substitution now, with Fernandez the first to come off and he has been replaced by Schar.
70' Aubameyang is the first Arsenal player to score in five appearances in a row against an opponent since Olivier Giroud against Aston Villa (6 between 2013-2016).
68' Surely that is the win and three points wrapped up for Arsenal now, they look very comfortable and Newcastle just don't seem to be able to create a goalscoring opportunity.
Martinelli
Assist
Arsenal
66' Martinelli timed his run to perfection, just staying onside and he delivered an excellent ball into the box, that evaded the Newcastle defence and Aubameyang fired it home.
P. Aubameyang
Goal
Arsenal
66' GOOOAAALLL! Aubameyang doubles Arsenal’s lead and makes it 2-0! They work it well on the edge of the box and Aubameyang was originally appealing for a free-kick, but play is allowed to continue and Odegaard finds Martinelli down the left wing, who whips a superb cross into the box. Aubameyang then shows great skill to turn it into the back of the net from close range.
65' Still no sign of any changes by Newcastle, with Bruce yet to send anyone on in order to try and change the game. They are keeping the ball well, but Ryan is untested in the Arsenal goal.
63' Decent effort! A good free-kick comes into the penalty area from the left wing and Gabriel does well to lose his marker and then produce a diving header. However, he gets too much on his effort and it flies over the bar.
F. Fernández
Yellow Card
Newcastle United
62' Fernandez is booked after he catches Xhaka late, with the Arsenal man just getting to the ball first and flicking it past him.
60' Good counter! Newcastle work the ball out from the back and a long ball is chased down by Saint-Maximin, getting to it just in front of Chambers. The Newcatle man races towards the final third, but under good pressure from Chambers, plays a poor through ball to Wilson and Arsenal clear the danger.
59' Aubamayang gets a knock on the head after Clark rises above him and clears the ball, but catches the Arsenal skipper. However, the striker will be fine to continue.
57' Wilson scored in each of his first three Premier League appearances against Arsenal, but has since failed to find the net in his five meetings with the Gunners in all competitions.
55' Xhaka is perhaps lucky to get away with just a warning, after he deliberately blocks the run of Longstaff and he could have been booked there. He needs to be very careful now.
C. Chambers
David Luiz
Arsenal
53' Here is the enforced change by Arsenal, with David Luiz heading off and he has been replaced by Chambers.
51' Stoppage in play here as it looks like David Luiz has a problem, he is down on the pitch receiving some medical treatment. It looks like a hamstring injury for the centre-back and he may not be able to continue.
50' Wilson has only touched the ball once in the Arsenal penalty area today, they need to get him more involved if they are to get back into the game.
48' Newcastle are just trying to get into some sort of rhythm here in the opening minutes of the second half, they are keeping the ball well, but nothing in the final third so far.
46' The second half is under way!
Newcastle seem short of ideas in the final third, they just haven’t tested the Arsenal defence enough, with a few too many long balls over the top, which the visitors are comfortably dealing with.
The Gunners lead 1-0 at the break, after an early strike on five minutes by Elneny, his first in the Premier League for Arsenal. The midfielder also doubled his sides lead just before the half an hour mark, but his header was superbly cleared off the line by Almiron. Meanwhile the closest Newcastle have come is a deflected strike by Saint-Maximin, which was well saved by Ryan. Arsenal are on top, but you feel that they need a second goal in order to wrap up the win.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: NEWCASTLE UNITED 0-1 ARSENAL
45' + 2' Late free-kick here for Newcastle, but Arsenal once again clear the danger well and it looks like that will be that for the first half.
45' There will be a minimum of two minutes added time played at the end of the first half.
43' Into the wall! Odegaard steps up to take a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, but he doesn't get enough on it and it flies straight into the Newcastle wall, who do their job well.
42' Arsenal have a free-kick in a very good shooting position, after Almiron trips Odegaard around 25 yards out. It looks like either Willian or Odegaard will step up to take it. 
41' There isn’t long left to play before the end of the first half, can Arsenal double their lead before the half-time whistle? Or, will Newcastle be able to find an equaliser?
39' Arsenal are unbeaten in their last four Premier League away games (W2 D2), scoring three goals in each of their last two (3-3 v West Ham, 3-0 v Sheffield United). The Gunners haven’t scored at least three times in three consecutive away league games since October 2015.
37' Newcastle just can't find a way through the Arsenal defence at the moment, they are struggling to create anything in the final third. They are playing a lot of long balls up to Wilson and Saint-Maximin and the Gunners are coping well.
35' Murphy has had to do a lot more defending than attacking so far today, with Martinelli getting forward at every opportunity down the left wing. However, he hasn't yet been able to create an opportunity.
33' We’re past the half an hour mark now and it remains Arsenal who lead 1-0 at St James’ Park, thanks to Elneny's strike on five minutes.
M. Almirón
Yellow Card
Newcastle United
31' Almiron is booked after he dives into a challenge with Ceballos and the midfielder goes down. However, after looking at the replay, it doesn't look like the Newcastle man touched his opponent.
29' OFF THE LINE! Elneny almost with a second goal! Poor defending from Newcastle, as they allow Elneny to win a header in the box from a corner and the midfielder powers it towards the top right corner of the net. However, Almiron does his job on the line and heads it clear.
29' SAVE! Lovely strike on the volley by Xhaka, as the ball fell nicely for him on the edge of the penalty area and it was heading on target. However, Dubravka reads it well and tips it over the crossbar.
28' Decent ball into the box by Ritchie from the left wing and it catches Ryan out, who tries to come out and gather, but then changes his mind and luckily it's too high for Wilson.
26' Wilson hasn't been able to get involved much for Newcastle today, the striker has tried to make a couple of runs in behind, but hasn't been picked out by his team-mates.
24' After losing their first three Premier League away games against Newcastle, Arsenal have suffered defeat in just three of their subsequent 22 visits to St James’ Park (W11 D8).
22' Xhaka will need to be careful now, he can be known to react badly to challenges and will need to calm himself down in order to avoid a second yellow. However, if you are a Newcastle fan, you'd be wanting the likes of Saint-Maximin and Murphy to run at the left-back.
G. Xhaka
Yellow Card
Arsenal
20' The first yellow card of the game is shown to Xhaka after a cynical challenge on Saint-Maximin, lashing out and kicking him from behind.
18' SAVE! Ritchie does well down the left and then pulls the ball back to Saint-Maximin on the edge of the box, who tries to work space for a shot, he skips past a couple of players before taking on Xhaka and firing an effort towards goal. However, it takes a deflection off the Arsenal man and loops up, forcing Ryan to make an excellent save to tip it over the bar.
17' Arsenal are having to do a bit of defending at the moment, they have everyone back the ball soaking up the pressure, as Newcastle probe forward.
15' This is a bit better from the hosts, they've started to see more of the ball in the Arsenal half of the pitch. However, their quality in the final third has been poor, with Murphy just lofting a cross into the box, but it flies straight out of play.
13' Survival is almost wrapped up for Newcastle, which is perhaps playing on the minds of a few of their players as they just haven't got going yet today.
11' Elneny has scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal, on his 66th appearance in the competition.
9' Xhaka continues to keep his place at left-back for Arsenal, due to Kieran Tierney's injury and he is keeping Cedric on the bench. However, this may be a good area for Newcastle to try and exploit.
7' Poor start to the game by Newcastle, they haven't been able to keep the ball very well and now that Arsenal have the early goal, the visitors can dictate the pace.
P. Aubameyang
Assist
Arsenal
6' Aubameyang completely messes up his effort at goal, after a really good ball in from Bellerin, however, luckily for the striker his touch sends it out to Elneny, who produces a fine finish.
Mohamed Elneny
Goal
Arsenal
6' GOOOAAALLL! Arsenal take an early lead, it’s 1-0! Excellent movement by Bellerin down the right wing and David Luiz picks him out from the back. The right-back drills a cross into the box towards Aubameyang, who completely miss times his effort and it ends up falling to Elneny on the edge of the box. The midfielder then volleys the ball into the bottom left corner of the net, with Dubravka getting a touch on it, but he couldn’t stop it from flying in.
3' Despite Arsenal's focus on their Europa League campaign, they need to start winning Premier League games, as they are currently in the bottom half of the table and unless they win the Europa League, they won't be in Europe next season.
1' We're under way!
The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!
Mikel Arteta has made eight changes to his side from midweek, as only Xhaka, Ceballos and Odegaard retain their places, as the manager rests players ahead of the second leg. There is a return to the starting line-up for Aubameyang, after his cameo appearance against Villarreal.
Steve Bruce makes just change to his starting XI, with Joelinton dropping out of the side and he has been replaced up front by Wilson, who will partner Saint-Maximin.
ARSENAL SUBS: Bernd Leno, Bukayo Saka, Cedric Soares, Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe. 
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Mat Ryan; Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel, Granit Xhaka; Mohamed Elneny, Dani Ceballos; Willian, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
NEWCASTLE SUBS: Mark Gillespie, Emil Krafth, Fabian Schar, Jamal Lewis, Matthew Longstaff, Jeff Hendrick, Elliot Anderson, Joelinton, Dwight Gayle.
NEWCASTLE (5-3-2): Martin Dubravka; Jacob Murphy, Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie; Miguel Almiron, Sean Longstaff, Jonjo Shelvey; Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson.
Meanwhile Arsenal suffered a blow in midweek as they were beaten 2-1 by Villarreal in their Europa League semi-final first leg, with Ceballos being shown a red card. The Gunners were beaten 1-0 by Everton last weekend, which leaves them 11th in the table, however, victory today could move them up to ninth.
A win for Newcastle today would almost certainly secure their Premier League survival, as they are currently nine points ahead of Fulham in the final relegation spot. The hosts nicked a late point last time out against Liverpool, with a stoppage time equaliser to make it 1-1 and they are now unbeaten in their last four games.
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