Aug 30

Match Report: Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle United

Arsenal came into their third league match of the season hoping to replicate the controlled performance that brought a welcome midweek win against FC Twente.

The Gunners had yet to really get going in the premiership this season, and Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle side were hoping to further blemish their start to the campaign.

Arsenal Starting XI

Almunia
Sagna – Toure – Gallas – Clichy
Eboue- Fabregas – Denilson – Nasri
Adebayor – Van Persie

Newcastle Starting XI

Given
Beye – Taylor – Coloccini – Jose Enrique
Gutierrez – Butt – Guthrie – N’Zogbia
Ameobi – Owen


First Half

It was less than two minutes before Newcastle’s defence was called into action, the powerful Coloccini landing a thumping tackle to dispossess van Persie. Replays showed a penalty could well have been awarded, but Rob Stiles was largely unsighted of the incident. Two corners followed, and from the second the ball was flicked into the path of Gallas who inexplicably fired over from less than three yards under little pressure. Playing alongside Gallas, Toure may have felt somewhat fortunate to take his position back from the recently impressive Djourou, but showed eagerness to earn the decision with an early burst forward and a trademark drive from distance. Shay Given in the Newcastle goal proved equal to the effort, palming the shot away from the bottom corner.

On 17 minutes there was no doubt this time with Arsenal awarded a penalty. A smart turn from Adebayor led to his cross being handled by N’Zogbia. van Persie stepped up and thumped the spot-kick beyond Given’s reach to cement the early domination by the gunners.

Goal: van Persie (17)

As the first half wore on Newcastle struggled to get a hold in the game, Arsenal’s comfortable possession and pace on the wings – particularly on the left with Nasri and Clichy – keeping them largely at arm’s length. One such move down the right eventually worked the ball to Fabregas.  The spaniard played a measured through-ball to van Persie who produced a brilliant cut-back to Adebayor.  The stunning build-up warranted more than the frontman’s shot sliding past the far post.

However the Gunners were far from done. Emmanuel Eboue may have been consistently criticised for some sub-par performances, but it was the diminutive midfielder that started a great break from midfield just before half time. Squirming away from three black and white shirts he spread the ball right to Adebayor who turned on the pace before returning the ball to Eboue. The move looked over until he produced a delightful backheel into the path of the onrushing van Persie who thundered his shot into the roof of the net.

Goal: van Persie (41)

Almunia was finally brought into action in extra time of the first half, Owen sending a looping header back across the Spaniard’s goal. The Arsenal number 1 showed good athleticism to tip the ball over, especially considering he may have legitimately been day-dreaming by the time the ball came near him. This was to be the last action of a first half of some much-improved football by Arsenal, who really played the Magpies off the pitch.

Second Half

For the first quarter of the second half Newcastle attempted to even the flow of the game with faster closing and harder tackling.  This went some way to affecting Arsenal’s flow, Butt heading against the bar from one rare successful attack, but the Gunners still looked dangerous on the break.

So it was that Arsenal added to the talley on 59 minutes. Denilson’s header out of defence started the move, and he kept running towards the Newcastle box. Nasri was instrumental in the build-up, but Adebayor it was who eventually was the put the young Brazilian through. His low shot was deflected past a motionless Given for Arsenal’s third.

Goal: Denilson (59)

It was back to business for Arsenal as Newcastle were put soundly on the back foot. van Persie almost scored a miraculous goal when he thrashed a shot against the underside of the bar from a truly impossible angle.  This was to prove his last action of the game as he was taken off with another injury precaution. He gave way to Carlos Vela who looked to show his credentials for an important role up front this season.

Denilson’s performance was much improved and earnt his first Premiership goal, and after 70 minutes he gave way to Alex Song. Wenger soon after used his last substitution to bring on Walcott to replace Eboue, who equally had shown a noticeable improvement. Vela and Theo both showed an instant desire to impress and combined well for the mexican to fire a shot into Taylor’s midriff. From the corner that followed Toure rose and thumped a header into the body of Given who must have been seriously lamenting his defence – or lack thereof.

Nasri nearly capped a fine performance with a goal with 10 minutes remaining, but his freekick was tipped over by Given. From the corner Gallas’ header was cleared off the line; even as the pace of the game slowed the Gunners showed no signs of relaxing their assault on the Newcastle goal.

As the game drew to a close it was clear that Newcastle were clutching at straws, despite an impressive level of effort from Jonas Gutierrez. With Joey Barton’s appearance providing more entertainment than the football for the last ten minutes the Gunners wrapped up three points with three good goals which should go a long way to restoring confidence.

Player Ratings

Manuel Almunia 7 – Performed confidently when called into action, starting to add confidence to the defence rather than remove it.

Bacary Sagna 7.5 – A relatively uneventful game largely bevause he kept the Newcastle left hand side very quiet throughout.

Kolo Toure 8 – Impressive on his return to the first team, quick and strong in the challenge in defence and moved forward often and to good effect.

William Gallas 8 – A very calm performance from the captain. Marshalled the defence better and personally put in a good shift, regularly disposessing Owen with ease.

Gael Clichy 8.5 – Explosive in defence and attack, is really starting to form a ‘Cole-Pires’esque bond with Nasri which could prove invaluable as the season progresses.

Emmanuel Eboue 8 – A vastly improved performance on any of his last 10 appearances in the Arsenal shirt. Beaten less regularly and creative going forward, he even went to ground less under challenges. Good play for the second goal.

Francesc Fabregas 8.5 – Quietly instrumental in almost everything going forward and some solid defending too, his importance can hardly be overstated to this young side.

Denilson 7.5 – Much better, but still some slack passing and the occasional mis-timed tackle. All in all deserved his goal which showed some good running and determination.

Samir Nasri 8.5 – Looks to have settled in record time. Classy in attack and regularly popped up in defence to make crucial tackles, potentially a straight improvement on Hleb’s place in the squad.

Robin Van Persie 8 – Had moments where he still appeared slightly off the pace, but was a consistent force in attack and both his penalty and second finish were well taken.  Good to see him back among the goals.

Adebayor 7.5 -Toiled hard and created a fair few chances, but should have been more clinical with several of his own.

Substitutes

Carlos Vela 7.5 – Looked really enthusiastic when he came on, could have shot more often

Alex Song 7 – Did little of note but could be more useful this season

Theo Walcott 7 – Should have scored after one glorious move, but turned the defence well.

Gooner Talk’s man of the match: Samir Nasri – van Persie may take many people’s vote for the two crucial goals, but for an overall balanced performance Nasri was probably the most influential. Found good space around the Newcastle defence and tracked back in a way Hleb almost never did, Wenger has returned to France to pick out another gem of a player.

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55 Responses to “Match Report: Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle United”

  1. ChrisMoz says:

    Crisis? what crisis. LOVED IT

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  2. aqqe says:

    Brilliant game from Arsenal. Not a single bad performance. How can anyone ever doubt a team with these players?

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  3. neil says:

    Keegan kicking off at the end, needs to worry more about his side, than what Nasri is doing.

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  4. Ben says:

    watch as everyone lavishly praises wenger for a fantastic performance but if we play like we did against fulham in our next game most of u will be calling for wenger's head…. again

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  5. JoeTodd says:

    Throw a DM in the mix and we'll be flying!

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  6. Goonerdaniel says:

    Great game , great play by Arsenal i loved it !

    Btw a little bit offtopic “Senderos: Milan better than Arsenal”

    http://www.channel4.com/sport/football_italia/a

    Wtf is wrong with Senderos lol ??!! is he on drugs.. : /

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  7. iJemz says:

    What the fuck, Keegan is a wanker

    t('. ' t)

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  8. Mo says:

    excellent performance from the gunners..

    Eboue has done well when he played along side with Sagna in the right side .. much better than a Defensive midfielder.

    Denilson needs to improve his passing accuracy and tackling.

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  9. Goonerdaniel says:

    “The influential Dutchman, who missed so much of last season through injury, picked up an ankle knock and Wenger will await with great anticipation the outcome of a full assessment.”

    OMFG !!!!!

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  10. Bicko says:

    “From the corner Gallas’ header was cleared off the line; even as the pace of the game slowed the Gunners showed no signs of relaxing their assault on the Newcastle goal.”

    I think it was Toure's header, not Gallas.

    Anyway, fine overall performance, the only thing I was hoping for at the end was Adebayor to get a goal. You could easily see how desperate and frustrated he was because of his lack of goals, I guess to silence the critics over him. Even so, he still was very selfless with the ball(Case being his assist for Denilson's goal) and worked tirelessly. Despite his goal drought, he still is an asset to us.

    And I hope RvP doesn't get injured again.

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  11. Merlion96 says:

    RvP's
    injury?

    Just a knock or suspected broken ankle?

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  12. iJemz says:

    Well he was walking fine after that, So I guess he is okay.

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  13. rexes says:

    Where is Arsenal on the Table?…,and Spurs?

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  14. nishanth says:

    great perfromance by arsenal.Oh btw chris there is this info in wikipedia about arsenal having signed a brazilian wonderkid named kerlon.APPARENTLY IT HAS BEEN Confirmed in the club website.Is there any truth in it

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  15. Handy says:

    Let's see if we can carry this form on away games and matches after european nights. Im not getting carried away. International break wont help either. Good performance anyways.

    Nasri's trip on Barton is teh awesome!!! LOL

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  16. ahassan100 says:

    What I like about the Gunners is that we played more quicker football today instead of so much passes like last year.
    http://arsenalcolumn.wordpress.com/

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  17. Stu says:

    Can't believe that Van has never scored a hatrick. Hopefully he's not injured but knowing him he will be out for weeks, just when he comes good. Ade was back to his selfless ways and rarely dared to shoot. Nice to see Denilson get his first goal but i still think he isn't good enough to as a DM.

    Best moment of the match was Nasri clipping Barton. Oh and how did Gallas miss that. W@nker.

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  18. Chris says:

    i loved naris little tet a tet with Joey barton

    shows were no push overs!

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  19. GunnerDaz says:

    Spurs r BOTTOM lmao, and they play Chelski so expect them to remain bottom

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  20. Mr. T says:

    Much much much better performance today! I give a lot of credit to Eboue had one of his best games today,and was the main reason for the 2nd goal! Denilson needs to still do better with his passes,way better than last week but still needs to work on it. Excellent 3rd goal. Lastly Keegan and Barton can go suck off each other! I guess the Queen didn't see what fuck boy Barton did to Nasri,he did get the ball but took more than a piece of Nasri. It's a good thing I don't play anymore. I'd have done more than what Nasri did to that piece of dripping gonorrhea pusseh hole Barton! Forgive me for the language but I seriously DESPISE THAT FUCKIN' IDIOT!!

    Great game today! Hope to see much more of that throughout the season!

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  21. Gunner Jillu says:

    didnt watch match, heard RVP injured again, any updates on that

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  22. Marko says:

    Really good stuff today from the boys. I couldn't find fault with anybody today. We beat a very good Newcastle with ease. I thought Nasri looked really comfortable on the ball and looks a super signing, always popping up in or around the box.

    And I was delighted that Wenger brought on Vela instead of Bendtner cause Bendtner and Ade are too similar and we saw a glimpse of Vela, who it seems can replace Van Persie if needs be. He's fast, fearless and has a creative edge and will be an important player for us this season. Good day all round.

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  23. Jan Gunners Olsen says:

    I noticed Patrick Vieira in the stands sitting next to Silvestre. My question is … What is Vieira doing at the Arsenal game when Inter Milan is having their opening game in the Serie A. My guess is he's going to sign for Arsenal, and no-one could disagree that he would be the perfect signing. He still has 3-4 years left in him and he already knows the english game and the Arsenal system. You read it here first…. Patrick Vieira to Arsenal

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  24. Mr. T says:

    I just went on Wikipedia to find out about Kerlon. Seems like somebody played around with it just like somebody already stated. Buy out clause of 118 million?? LMAO!!

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  25. bergkamp says:

    ade won a penaltie an got two asists, i think he was worth an 8!

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  26. keith says:

    Yes Nasri MOM also for tripping that thug Barton shows he is unfased by the premiership

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  27. GunnerDaz says:

    Why didn't you deliver us any silverware then?!?!!? :P

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  28. iJemz says:

    Nasri, Not only is he good with the ball. But is not scared of that fuck tard.

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  29. james says:

    Nasri is a great player I'm sure by the end of the season will be saying hes world class. Some people are saying Denilson had a better came not in my eyes the
    only thing i remembered about his performance today is that he kept on loosing the
    ball on saw many occasions.but wenger has got a little problem in my opinion
    Adabayor can not play with van persie i notice when van persie came off Adabayor
    started to come more in to the came. but would u drop Adabayor for van persie
    in my opinion never in a million years. i was really excited to see Carlos vela and
    that is one player with a bright future the guy is blessed with skill the way he pulls of his defenders outstanding and he has got saw much pace. guys he looks quality,

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  30. GunnerDaz says:

    Nasri is perfect:

    Can track back, SCORE!!!!, plays with so much freedom and a bit of a string puller like Fabregas. Also he is not intimidated by thugs like Barton. Quality, absolute quality. Always rated him at Marseille

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  31. james says:

    sorry let me gets this straight i meant i would never drop Van persie for Adabayor

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  32. gooner says:

    hey does any one know what keegan and gallas were arguing about at the end of the game.

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  33. iJemz says:

    Yes, I say Vela should be on instead of Persie. IMO

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  34. Gooner4life&beyond says:

    I don't trust that site. He might have said it, but I won't just accept what they say.

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  35. matty says:

    i would like to say a big thankyou to kevin keegan, for allowing samir nasri and the arsenal the opportunity to humiliate that thug barton for 4 minutes on international television.

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  36. iJemz says:

    Keegan was complaining at Nasri because Nasri tripped Barton and Gallas being Gallas had to get involved.

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  37. james says:

    that Barton has got a serious problem he needs his head kicked in. i hate him
    saw much

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  38. Gooner4life&beyond says:

    I checked Cruzeiro's official site, it is crap. If anything he has signed for AZ Almaar.

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  39. Phil AFC says:

    We need a midfeilder to bulk up the squad.. Central defensive midfeilder.. one who understand the premiership… one who has experience… one who can win … who can inspire… why not Patrick Viera…….

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  40. GUNNER says:

    5 games, 4 wins, scored 10, one very bad game, and we will sign a midfielder by the deadline. maybe the EPL is a bridge too far but we'll be there or there abouts. if you see any spineless cocks claiming to be gunners who say we are in a crisis or we need a new manager slap them,

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  41. chengiskhan says:

    Denilson still misplaces way too many passes for me. I suppose the continued practice should do him some good for the future. I was happy for him scoring our 3rd goal.

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  42. LeProf says:

    Kevin Keegan falls in love with Samir Nasri…right.

    But we need to sign another midfield plus CB. Cesc gotta need a twin and Gallas will gone psyco in February. Do that and we'll hit the treble (minus Worthless Cup).

    I can feel in my scrotum that later,
    Chelsea – 5 Sp*rs – 0.

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  43. Fabregas' Dad says:

    He was defending his player.

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  44. Fabregas' Dad says:

    Look at how stupid you sound, calling for our MOTM to be dropped.

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  45. Ben says:

    lets sign barton!

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  46. Gunner Jillu says:

    If Vieria was there it seems more than a coincidence that it is two two days before deadline day and we are after an experienced midfielder and Gallas has been questioned on his leadership qualities. Who else could we sign within two days? Also we do not know if Pat is in Morinios plans. Has Pat still got it?

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  47. Gunner Jillu says:

    Problem is the guy is 32, unless we get him in on loan I cant see it myself but who knows. Is he fit? It would solve the immediate injury problems as he would provide cover, we wouldnt need to spend and the kids still get a chance as we are not spending a lot on one player and also groom a future Arsenal manager

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  48. gunnersant says:

    Is it just me or does everyone think that joey barton looked like a nutcase…
    that little smirk he showed after he fouled nasri was just cringe worthy.. but nasri did get him back by tripping him up…. one of my new favs at arsenal. :D

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  49. matty says:

    as if nasri hadn't already completely replaced and moreso, improved on hleb, not to mention stepping straight into the lineup, he endears himself to the entire footballing world by giving barton exactly what he deserved.. what a champion.

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  50. Spurdozer says:

    Whenever persie goes down I always start praying but fear the worst. He's so valuable to the team. Today although Ade didn't score but it was one of his best performance. He worked his socks off. I don't like Ade much. But if he performs like this then I'll really happy with him. Fab4 was again very tenacious and creative. But the most important 4 me today was NAsri's tackle on Barcunt. Immediately after his introduction he tried to snap Samir's leg. Thank god he escaped that challenge unscathed. But immediately after that he tripped Barcunt which tells u that this boy is a winner. He's really something special. He told barcunt if you kick us you would be punished.

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  51. Spurdozer says:

    ./

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  52. Ricky says:

    Good win yesterday..

    Does anyone know what happend to rvp?

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  53. Toon Andy says:

    I love the way you have reposted this on 1st November.

    I hate to break it to you, but Arsenal have played other games since.

    Yes, you beat Newcastle, but please get over it! When we post videos of our 5-0 victory over Man Utd in 1996 we are told that we are “living in the past”.

    This was only a few weeks ago but it’s still sad to re-submit it to your RSS feed. Your title challenge is over and re-living your 3-0 win over our lot, who are losing to all and sundry, for the entire season will do you no favours.

    You have a fab team at Arsenal, but you can’t live off a 3-0 win over our average XI for an entire year….

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