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Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Johan Djourou on for Aaron Ramsey.
Corner taken by Joey Barton, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.
Fabricio Coloccini produces a cross, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Leon Best, free kick awarded. Thomas Vermaelen booked for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joey Barton from right wing, Robin van Persie manages to make a clearance.
Joey Barton has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.
Robin van Persie is ruled offside. Steven Taylor takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Obertan on Emmanuel Frimpong. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.
Tomas Rosicky goes off and Emmanuel Frimpong comes on.
Theo Walcott crosses the ball, Kieran Gibbs takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tim Krul.
Effort on goal by Joey Barton from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Yohan Cabaye leaves the field to be replaced by Peter Lovenkrands.
Ryan Taylor takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Shot from just outside the area by Aaron Ramsey misses to the right of the target.
Wojciech Szczesny booked.
Yao Gervinho is sent off. Joey Barton booked for unsporting behaviour.
Shola Ameobi leaves the field to be replaced by Leon Best.
The ball is sent over by Jonas Gutierrez.
The ball is swung over by Yao Gervinho.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tomas Rosicky from the left by-line.
The ball is delivered by Yao Gervinho, Tim Krul makes a comfortable save.
Unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Cheik Tiote results in a free kick. Cheik Tiote is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
Effort on goal by Bacary Sagna from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
Theo Walcott replaces Andrey Arshavin.
Joey Barton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Song. Alex Song takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Thomas Vermaelen. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Joey Barton, clearance by Thomas Vermaelen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kieran Gibbs by Shola Ameobi. Free kick taken by Kieran Gibbs.
Bacary Sagna fouled by Jonas Gutierrez, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Robin van Persie from the free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Tomas Rosicky, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Rosicky is cautioned. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, Joey Barton makes a clearance.
Bacary Sagna fouled by Shola Ameobi, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.
Foul by Aaron Ramsey on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
Foul by Kieran Gibbs on Joey Barton, free kick awarded. The referee shows Kieran Gibbs a yellow card. Steven Taylor takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Yao Gervinho by Fabricio Coloccini results in a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
Gabriel Obertan is brought on as a substitute for Demba Ba.
Kieran Gibbs concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton. Strike comes in from Ryan Taylor from the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Yohan Cabaye, clearance by Thomas Vermaelen.
Kieran Gibbs delivers the ball. The ball is swung over by Andrey Arshavin, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
Andrey Arshavin delivers the ball, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.
Andrey Arshavin crosses the ball, save made by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Cheik Tiote. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Kieran Gibbs sends in a cross, Tim Krul makes a save.
Ryan Taylor has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye, Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.
Centre by Danny Simpson, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.
Yao Gervinho fouled by Ryan Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie from right wing, Cheik Tiote makes a clearance.
Kieran Gibbs sends in a cross, clearance by Jonas Gutierrez.
Corner taken by Tomas Rosicky, save by Tim Krul.
The ball is sent over by Kieran Gibbs, blocked by Joey Barton.
Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Demba Ba. Alex Song is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Ryan Taylor crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.
Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball, clearance made by Aaron Ramsey.
Tomas Rosicky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi. Ryan Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Simpson. Kieran Gibbs takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Alex Song results in a free kick. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Danny Simpson, Effort from the edge of the box by Jonas Gutierrez goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Alex Song results in a free kick. Joey Barton delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Corner taken by Robin van Persie, Demba Ba manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Yao Gervinho, clearance made by Steven Taylor. Robin van Persie takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Taylor.
Danny Simpson crosses the ball, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
Andrey Arshavin produces a cross, Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Demba Ba. Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.
Shola Ameobi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna, blocked by Ryan Taylor.
Robin van Persie crosses the ball, Danny Simpson makes a clearance.
Yao Gervinho delivers the ball, clearance by Ryan Taylor.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Alex Song. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Steven Taylor gets a block in.
Bacary Sagna sends in a cross, blocked by Ryan Taylor.
Joey Barton crosses the ball, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Shot from just outside the box by Tomas Rosicky misses to the right of the target.
Gervinho off as Gunners are held
Gervinho's Arsenal debut ended in ignominy as he was sent off for slapping Joey Barton in a hard-fought goalless draw at Newcastle.
The Ivory Coast international was dismissed with 14 minutes remaining of the Barclays Premier League encounter after lashing out at the midfielder when he confronted him over what he believed was a dive inside the home penalty area.
Gervinho's premature departure capped a disappointing evening on Tyneside for the Gunners as they were unable to break down a Magpies side which rarely looked like taking all three points, but was in no mood to surrender the one with which they started.
Theo Walcott might have won it within three minutes of his introduction as a 61st-minute substitute, but goalkeeper Tim Krul denied him with one of the few genuine saves he was called upon to make.
Transfer-listed Barton only started the game after assuring manager Alan Pardew that he was fully committed to the cause, but he turned in a fine individual display in a team performance which was solid rather than inspired.
But the home fans among a crowd of 46,894 left reasonably satisfied, unlike their travelling counterparts, who repeatedly implored Arsene Wenger to "spend some money" after a toothless start to the new campaign.
The corresponding fixture last season demonstrated the best and the worst of both teams as the Gunners raced into a 4-0 lead by half-time, only to succumb to a stunning fightback to allow the Magpies to snatch a point.
In that respect, Pardew will have been delighted to see his side reach the break with their clean sheet intact, although perhaps not with the pattern of play which had seen the visitors dominate.
Even without Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in the starting line-up as speculation mounted over their futures at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal moved the ball confidently with Andrey Arshavin and Tomas Rosicky particularly prominent.
Gervinho, one of the men close to the top of the list of strikers Pardew tried to sign during the summer - the vacancy at St James' Park remains unfilled - caused problems for makeshift left-back Ryan Taylor as he repeatedly pulled to a wide right position.
However, although he linked up with Robin van Persie on numerous occasions, Wenger's men were unable to break down a defence well-marshalled by new skipper Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor to the extent that keeper Krul, preferred to Steve Harper and Fraser Forster, did not have a single save of note to make during the first 45 minutes.
Rosicky steered an early shot wide of the Dutchman's far post, but despite all the pressure, his only anxious moment came 14 minutes before the break when he spilled the Czech Republic international's corner under Laurent Koscielny's challenge and Danny Simpson had to clear off the line.
In fairness, opposite number Wojciech Szczesny was similarly under-employed as strikers Shola Ameobi and Demba Ba saw too little of the ball to cause any damage.
He got down well to collect Simpson's deflected 17th-minute cross and Jonas Gutierrez smashed a 22nd-minute volley well wide, but the Gunners' goal rarely came under any real threat during the first half.
Pardew changed both personnel and formation after the break when he withdrew Ba and replaced him with another debutant, Gabriel Obertan, who lined up in a five-man midfield behind lone striker Ameobi.
Kieran Gibbs and Rosicky picked up bookings in quick succession as the game restarted at a high tempo, but it was the visitors who came close to breaking the deadlock with 55 minutes gone.
Gutierrez was penalised for a challenge on Rosicky wide on the right and Van Persie sent in a viciously-dipping free-kick which dropped onto the roof of the net with Krul desperately trying to get across.
Yohan Cabaye was unable to make the most of Obertan's back-heeled 61st-minute ball into the box, and Wenger decided to make a change of his own seconds later when he replaced Arshavin with England international Walcott.
The newcomer might have given his side the lead within minutes when he ran onto Aaron Ramsey's through-ball, but he could not beat Krul from close range.
However, the game exploded into controversy with 14 minutes remaining when Barton reacted furiously to what he believed was a dive by Gervinho under Cheick Tiote's challenge inside the box.
The Ivory Coast international lost his cool and slapped Barton in the resulting melee, and referee Peter Walton had little option but to produce a red card.
Newcastle might have snatched victory at the death, only for the impressive Koscielny to deny substitute Peter Lovenkrands a close-range header, but that would have been harsh on the visitors, who were nevertheless booed from the pitch.
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