May 19, 2021

LIVE: Newcastle vs Arsenal

33′ We’re past the half an hour mark now and it remains Arsenal who lead 1-0 at St James’ Park, thanks to Elneny’s strike on five minutes.

M. Almirón

Yellow Card

Newcastle United

31′ Almiron is booked after he dives into a challenge with Ceballos and the midfielder goes down. However, after looking at the replay, it doesn’t look like the Newcastle man touched his opponent.

29′ OFF THE LINE! Elneny almost with a second goal! Poor defending from Newcastle, as they allow Elneny to win a header in the box from a corner and the midfielder powers it towards the top right corner of the net. However, Almiron does his job on the line and heads it clear.

29′ SAVE! Lovely strike on the volley by Xhaka, as the ball fell nicely for him on the edge of the penalty area and it was heading on target. However, Dubravka reads it well and tips it over the crossbar.

28′ Decent ball into the box by Ritchie from the left wing and it catches Ryan out, who tries to come out and gather, but then changes his mind and luckily it’s too high for Wilson.

26′ Wilson hasn’t been able to get involved much for Newcastle today, the striker has tried to make a couple of runs in behind, but hasn’t been picked out by his team-mates.

24′ After losing their first three Premier League away games against Newcastle, Arsenal have suffered defeat in just three of their subsequent 22 visits to St James’ Park (W11 D8).

22′ Xhaka will need to be careful now, he can be known to react badly to challenges and will need to calm himself down in order to avoid a second yellow. However, if you are a Newcastle fan, you’d be wanting the likes of Saint-Maximin and Murphy to run at the left-back.

G. Xhaka

Yellow Card

Arsenal

20′ The first yellow card of the game is shown to Xhaka after a cynical challenge on Saint-Maximin, lashing out and kicking him from behind.

18′ SAVE! Ritchie does well down the left and then pulls the ball back to Saint-Maximin on the edge of the box, who tries to work space for a shot, he skips past a couple of players before taking on Xhaka and firing an effort towards goal. However, it takes a deflection off the Arsenal man and loops up, forcing Ryan to make an excellent save to tip it over the bar.

17′ Arsenal are having to do a bit of defending at the moment, they have everyone back the ball soaking up the pressure, as Newcastle probe forward.

15′ This is a bit better from the hosts, they’ve started to see more of the ball in the Arsenal half of the pitch. However, their quality in the final third has been poor, with Murphy just lofting a cross into the box, but it flies straight out of play.

13′ Survival is almost wrapped up for Newcastle, which is perhaps playing on the minds of a few of their players as they just haven’t got going yet today.

11′ Elneny has scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal, on his 66th appearance in the competition.

9′ Xhaka continues to keep his place at left-back for Arsenal, due to Kieran Tierney’s injury and he is keeping Cedric on the bench. However, this may be a good area for Newcastle to try and exploit.

7′ Poor start to the game by Newcastle, they haven’t been able to keep the ball very well and now that Arsenal have the early goal, the visitors can dictate the pace.

P. Aubameyang

Assist

Arsenal

5′ Aubameyang completely messes up his effort at goal, after a really good ball in from Bellerin, however, luckily for the striker his touch sends it out to Elneny, who produces a fine finish.

Mohamed Elneny

Goal

Arsenal

5′ GOOOAAALLL! Arsenal take an early lead, it’s 1-0! Excellent movement by Bellerin down the right wing and David Luiz picks him out from the back. The right-back drills a cross into the box towards Aubameyang, who completely miss times his effort and it ends up falling to Elneny on the edge of the box. The midfielder then volleys the ball into the bottom left corner of the net, with Dubravka getting a touch on it, but he couldn’t stop it from flying in.

3′ Despite Arsenal’s focus on their Europa League campaign, they need to start winning Premier League games, as they are currently in the bottom half of the table and unless they win the Europa League, they won’t be in Europe next season.

1′ We’re under way!

The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!

Mikel Arteta has made eight changes to his side from midweek, as only Xhaka, Ceballos and Odegaard retain their places, as the manager rests players ahead of the second leg. There is a return to the starting line-up for Aubameyang, after his cameo appearance against Villarreal.

Steve Bruce makes just change to his starting XI, with Joelinton dropping out of the side and he has been replaced up front by Wilson, who will partner Saint-Maximin.

ARSENAL SUBS: Bernd Leno, Bukayo Saka, Cedric Soares, Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe. 

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Mat Ryan; Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel, Granit Xhaka; Mohamed Elneny, Dani Ceballos; Willian, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

NEWCASTLE SUBS: Mark Gillespie, Emil Krafth, Fabian Schar, Jamal Lewis, Matthew Longstaff, Jeff Hendrick, Elliot Anderson, Joelinton, Dwight Gayle.

NEWCASTLE (5-3-2): Martin Dubravka; Jacob Murphy, Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie; Miguel Almiron, Sean Longstaff, Jonjo Shelvey; Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson.

Meanwhile Arsenal suffered a blow in midweek as they were beaten 2-1 by Villarreal in their Europa League semi-final first leg, with Ceballos being shown a red card. The Gunners were beaten 1-0 by Everton last weekend, which leaves them 11th in the table, however, victory today could move them up to ninth.

A win for Newcastle today would almost certainly secure their Premier League survival, as they are currently nine points ahead of Fulham in the final relegation spot. The hosts nicked a late point last time out against Liverpool, with a stoppage time equaliser to make it 1-1 and they are now unbeaten in their last four games.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Premier League clash between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James’ Park.