Newcastle United 0-1 Arsenal: Gunners play up a man 74 minutes, need own goal to win

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Arsenal beat 10-man Newcastle at St. James Park on Saturday, but didn’t do much to sate the critics who say the London club needs a striker in the transfer window.

Aleksandar Mitrovic kept up his salty play in the Premier League, as the ex-Anderlecht man saw red in the 16th minute for Newcastle in dooming the home side to 10 men.

But Arsenal only broke through when Fabricio Coloccini redirected a shot into his own goal. The Gunners did deserve an early penalty that was not awarded, but looked relatively docile against a stingy Newcastle unit.

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Both the Magpies and the Gunners came out with gusto, but Arsenal found the first true chance in the 10th minute, as Hector Bellerin‘s pass forced Tim Krul into an in-close save on Theo Walcott.

Arsenal had a penalty shout three minutes later when Florian Thauvin trod on the back of Bellerin’s legs in the box, but referee Andre Marriner must’ve had a poor angle on it.

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Then Mitrovic came down hard on Francis Coquelin‘s ankle, and Newcastle’s new forward made it three cards in four matches, this one red.

Newcastle won’t be getting any love in the fair play table, earning a second red card in four weeks of the season after Daryl Janmaat was sent off for a pair of first-half yellows against Swansea City.

Krul made a good save on Alexis Sanchez’s long shot in the 32nd minute, but Walcott should’ve buried the rebound. Instead, the Englishman boosted the ball over the goal with an awful touch. 0-0.

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Arsenal broke through in the second half with an own goal from Newcastle’s Coloccini, as Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot was redirected by the defender past Krul.

The shot was going wide, but Coloccini dragged his back foot in a wayward attempt to block it, instead moving the trajectory inside the far post.