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Extended Highlights, Opta Stats, Newcastle 0 – 2 Arsenal



Arsenal returned to winning ways as goals from Mohamed Elneny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured a dominant 2-0 victory over Newcastle at St James’ Park.

Mohamed Elneny volleyed in his first Premier League goal inside five minutes before Aubameyang marked his first start since April 3 with the Gunners’ second midway through the second half.

Newcastle had moved to within touching distance of mathematical Premier League safety with a four-game unbeaten run before Arsenal’s trip to Tyneside but were completely outplayed, registering just a single attempt on target, before Fabian Schar’s late dismissal compounded a miserable outing for Steve Bruce’s side.

Player ratings

Newcastle: Dubravka (5), Clark (5), Fernandez (5), Dummett (5), Ritchie (6), S. Longstaff (5), Shelvey (5), Murphy (4), Almiron (6), Saint-Maximin (6), Wilson (5).

Subs: Schar (1), Joelinton (n/a), Gayle (n/a).

Arsenal: Ryan (8), Bellerin (6), Gabriel (7), Luiz (6), Elneny (8), Xhaka (6), Ceballos (7), Odegaard (7), Willian (6), Martinelli (8), Aubameyang (7).

Subs: Chambers (6), Pepe (n/a), Partey (n/a)

Man of the Match: Gabriel Martinelli.

Arsenal outclass Newcastle ahead of Europa showdown

Mikel Arteta left no room for doubt that salvaging Arsenal’s season in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Villarreal was the priority as he made eight changes from midweek first-leg defeat.

But instead of weakening his side, Arteta’s alterations inspired Arsenal to a dominant first-half performance which was capped with the opener inside five minutes.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should have delivered it on his return to the Arsenal starting line-up but his mis-hit from Hector Bellerin’s cross turned the ball into the path of Elneny, who volleyed in his first Premier League goal for the Gunners at the 66th attempt.

Arsenal’s breakthrough momentarily sparked Newcastle into life and they almost equalised on 18 minutes when Allan Saint-Maximin’s scuffed shot looked set to loop in, but Mat Ryan scrambled back in time to tip it over and the Magpies wouldn’t register another attempt on target in the half.

Instead, Arsenal peppered the Newcastle goal in search of a second, with Granit Xhaka’s left-footed thunderbolt forcing a fine save from Martin Dubravka before Miguel Almiron prevented Elneny heading in his second from a corner with a brilliant goal-line clearance.

A tactical alternation shifted Newcastle further up the field after the break and the hosts were more competitive, but the better chances continued to fall for Arsenal, with Gabriel Magalhaes heading a glorious opportunity over on 63 minutes.

But Arsenal’s second soon came in emphatic style as a flowing one-touch move ended with Gabriel Martinelli exquisitely finding Aubameyang at the back post to volley in his first goal since March 6.

Jonjo Shelvey’s blocked shot from distance was a close as Newcastle came to salvaging something from the game, and things went from bad to worse in stoppage time when Schar, making his first appearance since February 6, was given his marching orders for a rash lunge on Martinelli.

‘Newcastle handed initiative to Arsenal’

Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness:

“Arsenal were very impressive; from the get-go they were on the front foot. Newcastle didn’t get going, the initiative was handed to Arsenal and they bossed it from the first minute through to the last.

“Newcastle knew one more win would make them safe and they to start right against an Arsenal side who may have an eye on the Europa League game in midweek.

“Newcastle turned up as if their season was already over and that shouldn’t have been the case against a team that was a little bit fragile.”

Gunners torment Toon – Match stats

  1. Newcastle have lost 16 of their last 17 Premier League matches against Arsenal, including each of the last six in a row since beating them at home in April 2018 under Rafael Benítez.
  2. Arsenal have beaten Newcastle in six consecutive games in all competitions without conceding a single goal – it’s the third time they have done so against an opponent, the others being Barnsley (1952-1998) and Blackburn Rovers (2003-2005).
  3. Arsenal have won 12 Premier League matches at St. James’ Park (P26 W12 D8 L6) – their joint-most at any away venue in the competition (also 12 at Villa Park and Goodison Park).
  4. Newcastle have managed to keep only one clean sheet in their last 21 Premier League matches at St. James’ Park, doing so in a goalless draw against Liverpool in December.
  5. Mohamed Elneny scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal in his 66th appearance for them in the competition, with what was his 49th shot. Of the 129 players to score for Arsenal in the Premier League, only five have had to wait longer for their first goal – Gaël Clichy (110th app), Lee Dixon (95th), Tony Adams (76th), John Jensen (72nd) and Emmanuel Eboué (71st).
  6. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in each of his last five appearances against Newcastle in all competitions – he is the first Arsenal player to score in five consecutive matches against an opponent since Olivier Giroud netted in six straight against Aston Villa between 2013-2016.


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What’s next?

Arsenal host Villarreal in their Europa League semi-final second leg on Thursday at 8pm. Newcastle travel to Leicester on Friday Night Football at 8pm – live on Sky Sports Premier League – before Arsenal entertain West Brom on Sunday at 7pm.




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📺 Miquel Azeez is Simply Outstanding, Watch As He Nutmegs 3 Defenders To Score A Goal



Miquel Azeez Has Been Outstanding For Arsenal Un23 side this season, he continues his great run of form yesterday as score a man of the match goal to hand Arsenal Un23 side a victory in the final game of the season.

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Arsenal to agree deal with Italian head-coach



Maurizio Sarri could reportedly be in line for a surprise return to Premier League with either Arsenal or Tottenham.


The Italian tactician has been out of work since being given the boot by the Serie A giants Juventus last August – in spite of guiding the Old Lady to their 36th Scudetto.


Sarri is understood to be eager to get back in the dugout next term, with Italian journalist Carlo Laudisa stating the 62-year-old could very well return to the English top-flight.


During an appearance on Radio Punto Nuovo, the Gazzetta dello Sport journalist said: “Sarri could go to England.


“The Tottenham solution being the most plausible, but the Arsenal bench could also become free, as [Mikel] Arteta has missed all the Gunners’ season goals.”


Carlo’s claim that Maurizio could return to England comes in spite of reports the veteran coach is against the idea of resuming his career abroad.


The former Napoli leader is reportedly concerned about upping sticks during the COVID-19 pandemic in case he is unable to return to his homeland.


He enjoyed success during his sole campaign in charge of Chelsea, guiding the Blues to UEFA Europa League glory with a 4-1 win over Arsenal in Baku.


If Sarri is indeed open to managing the Gunners, he’ll no doubt be keeping tabs on developments at the club over the coming weeks.

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Video Highlights, Full Match Analysis: Chelsea 0 – 1 Arsenal



Emile Smith Rowe denied Chelsea the chance to cement their top-four status as he took advantage of Jorginho’s howler to give Arsenal a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues would have all but secured their Champions League qualification with a victory which would have taken them 10 points clear of Liverpool, who have four games left to play, but after making seven changes ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final, struggled to create clear-cut chances.

Kai Havertz should have put them ahead 10 minutes in when he intercepted Gabriel’s loose pass for Pablo Mari and raced clean through, but then fired over Bernd Leno’s bar with only his compatriot to beat. Moments later Jorginho’s equally poor back-pass was kept out by Kepa Arrizabalaga at full stretch, but Smith Rowe was on hand to bundle home after being teed up by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Chelsea were dominant for the large majority of the remaining 75 minutes without forcing Leno into any uncomfortable saves until the final minute. They did beat him through Pulisic’s close-range header from a corner, which was swiftly denied by a VAR review, before the German produced a stunning stop to tip Kurt Zouma’s header onto the crossbar, which was then rattled by Olivier Giroud’s shot on the rebound.

Player Ratings

Chelsea: Kepa (6), James (6), Azpilicueta (6), Silva (6), Zouma (6), Chilwell (5), Jorginho (4), Gilmour (5), Pulisic (5), Mount (6), Havertz (5).

Subs: Hudson-Odoi (6), Giroud (6), Ziyech (5).

Arsenal: Leno (7), Gabriel (6), Mari (7), Holding (6), Tierney (7), Partey (6), Elneny (8), Saka (5), Odegaard (6), Smith Rowe (7), Aubameyang (5).

Subs: Bellerin (6), Lacazette (5), Chambers (6).

Man of the match: Mohamed Elneny

What the managers said…

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports: “We had three days, we are on a good run, we had a good mood. The choices were not so good today from my side for the line-up so that’s on me. We were unlucky, of course. But we did everything today to lose.

“I’m not happy with my line-up. It’s easy to say afterwards. But it was too many changes, I should not have done it like this. It’s something in particular – but I will not tell you!”


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports: “I don’t know how they’re going to try from the outside but from the inside, nothing is broken.

“They’re going to put things on me that I never said, you can see the spirit of the team from the first minute. You can never doubt their efforts and how much they try.”

Match stats

  1. Arsenal completed their first Premier League double over Chelsea since the 2003-04 season, while this was their first league win at Stamford Bridge since October 2011, ending an eight-game winless run there (D2 L6).
  2. Chelsea suffered only their third defeat in 26 matches in all competitions under Thomas Tuchel (W17 D6), with all three defeats coming at Stamford Bridge.
  3. Arsenal have won three consecutive away Premier League matches without conceding for the first time since May 2013 under Arsène Wenger.
  4. Arsenal have had a different player aged younger than 21 score in each of their last three Premier League matches against Chelsea – Gabriel Martinelli in January 2020, Bukayo Saka in December 2020 and Emile Smith Rowe tonight.

What’s next?

Chelsea are off to Wembley in the FA Cup final on Saturday, where they will face Leicester City; Kick-off at 5.15pm.

Arsenal’s penultimate game of the season is also in London, with a trip to Crystal Palace next Wednesday night; Kick-off at 7pm.

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