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MATCH REPORT – Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle: The Gunners ease to victory as Newcastle remain rock bottom of Premier League



Credit: @Arsenal instagram - The Gunners ease to 2-0 win over bottom of the table Newcastle...

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.

Credit: @NUFC instagram – Howe applauds the away fans after the disappointing 2-0 defeat…

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.

Player Ratings

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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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?



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footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.

They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’

Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..

Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.

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Amazon filming Newcastle United for “All or Nothing” style documentary



Amazon Prime are currently filming behind-the-scenes footage at Newcastle United for a new documentary.

The docu-series will provide an insight into the club and its efforts to secure a top-four finish and a piece of silverware in the 2022-23 season.

Reports today revealed that camera crews have been filming a four-part documentary for their All or Nothing series. Sky Sports’ Keith Downie confirmed that the series will cover the club and the new owners as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League and win a trophy.

The All or Nothing series has previously documented other Premier League Clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, and Spurs as well as the Brazilian national team, Juventus, and the All Blacks of rugby.

Newcastle face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final on February 26 at Wembley.

The Magpies have featured three times in Europe’s most prestigious competition.

Most recently in the 2003-04 season as they reached the third qualifying round, eventually losing on penalties to Serbian side FK Partizan.

The season before the Toon finished third in the 2002-03 Champions League group stages, winning twice against Bayer Leverkusen and drawing with Inter Milan 2-2 at the San Siro. The lineup that night; Given, Solano, O’Brien, Dyer, Shearer (C), Bellamy, Speed,  Griffin, Hughes, Dabizas and Viana.

The series is expected to air later this year and will be available on Amazon Prime.

Based on previous seasons, you can expect exclusive access to training sessions, team meetings and match days, giving fans an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis at Newcastle United.

It is set to be an incredible storyline and one that should provide fans with some real insight into what it takes to compete at the top level of professional football.

What do you think Newcastle fans?

Does this excite you or do you stand more with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who once said the cameras could be intrusive to the dressing room when he turned down the offer from Amazon In 2018?


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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.



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Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.

This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.

Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.

The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche. 

But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.

This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.

This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.

Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.

Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.

Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.

In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.

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