FOOTNOTE TO START WITH
As some events turned out differently in my schedule I suddenly was able to see the match and write the match report. But after this report I have to go out again and so we will be out of office from now on.
By Walter Broeckx
A few changes compared to the last match. Koscielny has recovered from his back injury and came in the field in place of Chamgers. Oxlade-Chamberlain started as Özil had a minor knee problem. And up front we had Theo who started and Giroud dropped to the bench.
Aesnal team: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis, Walcott
Arsenal subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Chambers, Arteta, Campbell, Giroud.
Sissoko goes in late on Monreal and gets the first yellow card of the match. Deserved and could have been a red for sputting his studs on the ankle of Monreal. Bellerin then with a cross to Walcott but Krul came out just in time to smother the ball and the danger. Ramsey rightfully judged to be offside but Krul saved anyway. Then a clear penalty foul on Bellerin as Thauvin steps on his achilles when Bellerin makes a run in the penalty area but Marinner ignores (as predicted by Untold) the clear foul. A stonewall penalty for Arsenal yet again denied by the referees from the PGMO.
Minutes later Mitrovic puts his studs right on top of the ankle of Coquelin and this time the ref pulls out the right card : a red one. Such kicks can be very dangerous and cause serious injury so that is the only card one can give. Newcastle sure needing a lot of fouls to stop Arsenal and another Newcastle player Mangulu goes in the book for stopping Alexis two times in a short time. Thauvin then comes in late on Coquelin and goes in the book of Marinner. Newcastle surely are trying to get some Arenal players legs broken in this match.
Alexis with a great and hard shot from outside the penalty area and Krul cannot hold on to the ball and Walcott puts the rebound over the goal from a few meters out. That should have been a goal for Arsenal. Still 0-0 after 30 minutes. Arsenal very much in control but the fine passes from Özil surely are missed up to now.
Arsenal press but only after a low cross from Oxlade-Chamberlain they can reach Walcott but his shot goes over. Arsenal really surrounding the Newcastle penalty area for minutes but we cannot open Newcastle up. Still no goals at half time. We should have had a penalty and we should have scored but nothing to show for the dominance on the score board yet.
Immediately Anita goes in the book for his 4th foul as the ref indicated. Cazorla then goes in the book as a pure compensation booking to give the home crowd something and Wijnaldum for his overreaction in the direction of the ref. It’s foul after foul after foul at the start as this is the tactic Newcastle tries to stop Arsenal from playing. But the deadlock still had to be broken. Walcott shot blocked, Ramsey shoots Krul saves but the ball ends up in the feet of the Ox who …. GOAL!!!! ..finally scores that goal that had been coming. 0-1 to the Arsenal after 52 minutes.
Walcott then to Alexis but Krul with a great save to deny a second Arsenal goal. A great combination on the left but the Ox completely miscontrols the cut back from Monreal. Ramsey with ball to Cazorla but his shot went straight at the Newcastle keeper. After 68 minutes Giroud came on for Walcott. He could and should have scored in the first half.
Giroud almost on his own in front of Krul but a defender can clear the ball. First corner with Giroud and Arsenal very dangerous but a defender can save the shot from Alexis at the second post. Another shot from Giroud but Krul can save. And again Krul out of his goal to stop Alexis from scoring. With 10 minutes to go Arteta came on and Oxlade-Chamberlain went off . Cazorla almost with a shooting chance but the ball ran away from him. A free kick from Santi but not too difficult for Krul to stop the effort. A hard shot from Alexis is deviated in a corner. Monreal with the shot but Krul stops.
Collcocini with a late yellow card for another strong tackle on the ankles of Coquelin. And in the final seconds Giroud is alone in front of Krul but Krul came out as the winner and stopped the lob from Giroud.
Arsenal dominated from start to finish even before the senden off. But we didn’t score enough from the chances we got and that is something we have seen before this weekend. If Newcastle want to cry about the sending off then they should first look at the non-given penalty for the clear foul on Bellerin.
Arsenal win 0-1 at Newcastle in order to keep it tight over there as has been the norm over the last seasons. Arsenal now have 7 points from a possible 12. Not what we had hoped for and we certainly had hoped to score a few more goals so far. Still with 2 points missing because of PGMO fouls in the previous matches we should have 9 points on board by now. And that would have taken us level with City. But as things go nothing we can do about mistakes from officials up to now.
Up comes the international break.