Newcastle hand Arsenal first Premier League loss of season


Hislop: Arteta believing his own hype

Shaka Hislop believes Mikel Arteta may be feeling the pressure after his outburst against refereeing decisions in Arsenal's loss to Newcastle.

Newcastle United gave Arsenal their first Premier League defeat of the season with an impassioned 1-0 home victory on Saturday, thanks to a controversial second-half goal by Anthony Gordon that stood after a lengthy VAR review

Gordon scored in the 64th minute, firing past goalkeeper David Raya from close range after a goalmouth scramble.

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There was a lengthy break for VAR to check if the ball went out of bounds, whether there was a foul in the build-up and for offside before Newcastle's fans could celebrate.

Arteta was furious with the goal, later telling reporters that it was an "absolute disgrace" and "embarrassing" for the Premier League.

Newcastle, who are unbeaten in their last seven league outings, climbed to sixth on 20 points after 11 games. Arsenal, who failed to score for the first time in all competitions this term, are third with 24, three behind leaders Manchester City.

"Tough game. Massive win," magpies manager Eddie Howe told Sky Sports. "Full credit to the players for what they gave today, it was a battling performance."

Anthony Gordon celebrates giving Newcastle United the lead over Arsenal.
Anthony Gordon celebrates giving Newcastle United the lead over Arsenal.
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The victory capped a brilliant week for Newcastle, who humbled League Cup holders Manchester United 3-0 in their fourth round clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was been intent on turning the tide after a disappointing few days that saw his side eliminated from the League Cup with a 3-1 loss at West Ham United.

The game at St James' Park was full of emotion but lacking in quality for much of the time and tempers boiled over before the break with a flurry of yellow cards.

Arsenal's Kai Havertz was booked for a reckless tackle on Sean Longstaff before Longstaff and Fabian Schär were shown yellow cards for arguing Havertz should have been sent off.

Newcastle's Bruno Guimarães appeared close to unravelling, first elbowing Jorginho in the head, smashing the ball off Havertz and then nearly coming to blows with Declan Rice.

The half-time whistle felt like a welcome relief.

"Maybe not the game we expected it to be in terms of style from both teams," Howe said. "But you have to show different sides of your game to win and I think we have that in the group at the moment."

Newcastle defender Dan Burn, who landed hard on his back after a strong tackle, did not return for the second half and was shown walking gingerly to the dugout.

His team mates stuck to their task though and were rewarded when Gordon pounced on a loose ball to score after an aerial duel between Joelinton and defender Gabriel following a cross from Joe Willock who retrieved the ball on the byline.

"I don't know how many [VAR] checks there were but I was just hoping it was alright," Gordon told Sky Sports. "It was amazing to score, what a game."