Howe’s side remain winless after defeat at the Emirates as the visitors lacked attacking threat and were second best once again.
Another frustrating performance for the travelling fans who are all too used to second-rate performances.
The team from Tyneside remain at the foot of the Premier League and are in desperate need of points with home games against Norwich and Burnley next week.
It was the same old story on Saturday afternoon as Arsenal completed a comfortable victory with two second half goals in ten minutes from Bukayo Saka (56) and Gabriel Martinelli (66).
After a promising start from Newcastle, the game settled into a predictable pattern in which there was only ever going to be one result.
Jonjo Shelvey came closest to scoring for the Mags in the first half when his 30-yard driven shot was tipped onto the bar by the impressive Aaron Ramsdale.
Moments later Aubameyang missed a guilt-edged opportunity to put his side ahead after Smith Rowe’s header was palmed into the strikers path who could only find the post from two yards. A terrible finish.
However, the lack of any threat from the away side combined with the clear difference in quality meant it was a pleasant afternoon for the Gunners. Arteta’s side were hardly challenged and walked to a 2-0 victory in the end.
Despite some pressure from the Magpies in the closing stages as Arsenal sat back to protect their lead – the away side carried very little threat.
Jacob Murphy and Miguel Almiron were introduced late on and seemed to make a difference going forward but it was all to little to late.
The action as it happened…
Eddie Howe was in the dugout for the first time as Newcastle boss after his positive Covid-19 result last week kept him out of the home game against Brentford.
The new manager will have been frustrated by his teams lack of ambition and attacking threat but will know there is a long way to go until the end of the season. Newcastle need to pick up points quickly and will be worried by the nature their performances – 13 games without a win this season.
The visitors started the game on the front foot with a clear plan to get at their opponents. Callum Wilson made a threatening run in behind Arsenal centre-back Gabriel but the referee failed to give the striker a foul despite being clearly held back.
Their two shots on target in the first half came courtesy of Jonjo Shelvey who came close on both occasions. The unstoppable form of Ramsdale in the Arsenal net was clear for all to see.
That was about it for attacking threat as the team from North-London got a foothold in the game. A number of sweeping Arsenal moves ended the first 45 with Newcastle holding on.
Bukayo Saka gave Matt Ritchie a torrid time on the Arsenal right but it was on the left where he created the best opportunity. His floated cross found the head of fellow England international Emile Smith Rowe. His placed header was parried by Dubravka in the Newcastle net.
The ball fell to the feet of Aubameyang who had to score. He didn’t. His effort hit the outside of the post from two yards – a let off for the Magpies. But the visitors were unable to make him pay.
The Gunners came out firing in the second half and instantly put the leaky Newcastle defence to the test.
The away side were unable to get out of their half. They tried to play some passing football but once again lacked any real quality. The goal wasn’t far away.
Nuno Tavares slotted Saka in on the corner of the box who then skilfully kept his composer and smashed the ball into the bottom right corner in the 56th minute.
Ten minuted later it was game over.
A clever chipped ball over the Newcastle defence from full-back Tomiyasu fell to the feet of the returning Gabriel Martinelli who finished superbly. He dinked the ball on the half volley over the outstretched ‘keeper to seal the victory for the Gunners.
2-0 to the Arsenal and no way back for Howe’s side.
Newcastle had no reply and very little in the tank after defending for the majority of the game. The game petered out as Arsenal sat back and held onto to claim the spoils.
There was very little threat from the team in Black and White stripes who had no comeback to going behind.
All attention turns to midweek as Newcastle play host to fellow strugglers Norwich knowing they need to win.
The Magpies are in a precarious position at the bottom of the league and need to improve on the pitch if they are to maintain their Premier League status come May.
Credit must go to the travelling fans who overcame extreme weather conditions to make their way down to the Emirates. Their support was top-class once again and they will hope to have something to cheer come Tuesday evening.
Dubravka (6), Krafth (5), Lascelles (5), Schar (5), Ritchie (5), Fraser (5), Shelvey (7), Willock (5), Saint-Maximin (5), Wilson (6), Joelinton (6)
Subs: Almiron (5), Murphy (6), Hayden (N/A)
Post-match thoughts? Can Newcastle get their first win in midweek? Is Howe the man to take the Magpies to safety?
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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend
Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.
The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.
Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.
In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”
Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.
Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.
He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.
Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team
A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.
Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.
He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.
He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”
Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”
There were plenty of reaction tweets too….
@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”
@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”
@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”
Did you see what happened?
Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen
Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.
Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.
The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.
His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.
“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”
“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.
“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.
“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”
Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.
“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”
“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”
ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.
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