Match Report- Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle United, Arsenal struggle to get past 10 men Newcastle

Snehanjan Banerjee / 29 August 2015

Arsenal got their second victory of the season against Newcastle United. A Colocini own goal was enough for the Gunners to see off the Magpies.

Arsenal played 74 minutes with a man advantage as new signing Aleksandar Mitrovic, who had been booked in his two previous Premier League outings, was shown a straight red card for a wild stamp on Francis Coquelin after just 16 minutes of play.

Arsenal were gifted 1-0 lead by Fabricio Coloccini on the 52nd minute who scored passed his own goalkeeper. 

Arsenal, denied a penalty before Mitrovic’s dismissal, initially struggled to make their advantage count, but broke the deadlock early in the second half when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot deflected in off Fabricio Coloccini and the far post.

It was only their third top-flight goal of the campaign, and a second to have come courtesy of an opposing player, but it transpired to be the winner.

It was only their third top-flight goal of the campaign, and a second to have come courtesy of an opposing player, but it transpired to be the winner.

Late efforts from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla failed to yield any further goals, which may have provided some concern for Arsene Wenger.

The Arsenal manager made three changes and opted for Theo Walcott over Giroud up front, despite the Frenchman having scored eight goals in six games against Newcastle, and the visitors started on the front foot.

Arsenal threatened inside the opening two minutes, but Aaron Ramsey overhit his attempted return pass to Oxlade-Chamberlain – in for the injured Mesut Ozil – when Newcastle looked vulnerable.

Tim Krul then had to be alert to snuff out the threat when Walcott looked to nudge the ball past him on the end of Hector Bellerin’s cross.

Bellerin took a tumble in the box following clear contact from Florian Thauvin – making his first league start – after 13 minutes, but referee Andre Marriner was unmoved by Arsenal’s protests.

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