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  • Date:13 Aug 2011
  • Kick-off:17:30
  • Venue:St James' Park
  • Attendance:46,894
Goal!

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95mins

Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

93mins

Johan Djourou on for Aaron Ramsey.

92mins

Corner taken by Joey Barton, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.

92mins

Fabricio Coloccini produces a cross, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

91mins

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.

90mins

Joey Barton has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

90mins

Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.

89mins

Robin van Persie is ruled offside. Steven Taylor takes the indirect free kick.

88mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Obertan on Emmanuel Frimpong. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.

85mins

Tomas Rosicky goes off and Emmanuel Frimpong comes on.

82mins

Theo Walcott crosses the ball, Kieran Gibbs takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tim Krul.

82mins

Effort on goal by Joey Barton from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

81mins

Yohan Cabaye leaves the field to be replaced by Peter Lovenkrands.

80mins

Ryan Taylor takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

79mins

Shot from just outside the area by Aaron Ramsey misses to the right of the target.

78mins

Wojciech Szczesny booked.

76mins

Yao Gervinho is sent off. Joey Barton booked for unsporting behaviour.

73mins

Shola Ameobi leaves the field to be replaced by Leon Best.

73mins

The ball is sent over by Jonas Gutierrez.

72mins

The ball is swung over by Yao Gervinho.

71mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tomas Rosicky from the left by-line.

68mins

The ball is delivered by Yao Gervinho, Tim Krul makes a comfortable save.

67mins

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.

65mins

Effort on goal by Bacary Sagna from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

64mins

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.

61mins

Theo Walcott replaces Andrey Arshavin.

59mins

Joey Barton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Song. Alex Song takes the direct free kick.

57mins

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.

55mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kieran Gibbs by Shola Ameobi. Free kick taken by Kieran Gibbs.

54mins

Bacary Sagna fouled by Jonas Gutierrez, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Robin van Persie from the free kick.

51mins

Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Tomas Rosicky, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Rosicky is cautioned. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.

51mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, Joey Barton makes a clearance.

50mins

Bacary Sagna fouled by Shola Ameobi, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.

49mins

Foul by Aaron Ramsey on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.

48mins

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.

46mins

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.

46mins

Gabriel Obertan is brought on as a substitute for Demba Ba.

44mins

Kieran Gibbs concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton. Strike comes in from Ryan Taylor from the free kick.

44mins

The ball is delivered by Yohan Cabaye, clearance by Thomas Vermaelen.

42mins

Kieran Gibbs delivers the ball. The ball is swung over by Andrey Arshavin, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.

42mins

Andrey Arshavin delivers the ball, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.

40mins

Andrey Arshavin crosses the ball, save made by Tim Krul.

36mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Cheik Tiote. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

35mins

Kieran Gibbs sends in a cross, Tim Krul makes a save.

34mins

Ryan Taylor has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

34mins

Inswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye, Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.

34mins

Centre by Danny Simpson, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

33mins

Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.

32mins

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.

32mins

Kieran Gibbs sends in a cross, clearance by Jonas Gutierrez.

31mins

Corner taken by Tomas Rosicky, save by Tim Krul.

30mins

The ball is sent over by Kieran Gibbs, blocked by Joey Barton.

29mins

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.

28mins

Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball, clearance made by Aaron Ramsey.

27mins

Tomas Rosicky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi. Ryan Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

26mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Simpson. Kieran Gibbs takes the free kick.

25mins

Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Alex Song results in a free kick. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.

22mins

Centre by Danny Simpson, Effort from the edge of the box by Jonas Gutierrez goes wide of the right-hand upright.

21mins

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.

18mins

Corner taken by Robin van Persie, Demba Ba manages to make a clearance.

18mins

A cross is delivered by Yao Gervinho, clearance made by Steven Taylor. Robin van Persie takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Taylor.

17mins

Danny Simpson crosses the ball, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

13mins

Andrey Arshavin produces a cross, Danny Simpson manages to make a clearance.

12mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Demba Ba. Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.

11mins

Shola Ameobi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.

10mins

A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna, blocked by Ryan Taylor.

10mins

Robin van Persie crosses the ball, Danny Simpson makes a clearance.

8mins

Yao Gervinho delivers the ball, clearance by Ryan Taylor.

5mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shola Ameobi by Alex Song. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.

4mins

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Steven Taylor gets a block in.

4mins

Bacary Sagna sends in a cross, blocked by Ryan Taylor.

2mins

Joey Barton crosses the ball, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

2mins

Shot from just outside the box by Tomas Rosicky misses to the right of the target.

Match Preview

Formation:442Manager: Alan Pardew

Newcastle

Formation: 4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Tim Krul
  • Fabricio Coloccini
  • Steven Taylor
  • Ryan Taylor
  • Danny Simpson
  • Joey Barton
  • Yohan Cabaye
  • Cheik Tiote
  • Jonas Gutierrez
  • Shola Ameobi
  • Demba Ba
  • SUBS
  • Fraser Forster
  • Mike Williamson
  • Peter Lovenkrands
  • Dan Gosling
  • Leon Best
  • Gabriel Obertan
  • Sammy Ameobi

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Match Report

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.

Form Guide

  • Newcastle
  • VS
  • Arsenal

Last Meetings

  • Newcastle
  • 4 - 4
  • Arsenal
  • 05/02/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 0 - 1
  • Newcastle
  • 07/11/2010
  • Newcastle
  • 1 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 21/03/2009
  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 0
  • Newcastle
  • 30/08/2008
  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 0
  • Newcastle
  • 29/01/2008
  • Newcastle
  • 1 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 05/12/2007

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