Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle Utd (02.01.2016) Live Commentary

90+4′
The fans could demand a bit more entertainment for their money. There haven’t really been much to see but for an occasional opportunity now and then. The control of the game belonged to the home side. The strategy of the home side was to control the pace of the match with a playmaking style of football, while the strategy of the away side was a bit risky and reliant on solid defending to take the ball off the opponent and to make a fast-break.
90+4′
 
That is the end of the match.
90+3′
Petr Cech (Arsenal) earns an applause from the crowd! He dives superbly to deny a dangerous first-time effort, which was sent from the edge of the six-yard box. Siem De Jong (Newcastle Utd) is the one who tested his reflexes. Nice piece of goalkeeping skills.
90+3′
Handball! A player from Newcastle Utd handled the ball.
90+2′
 
The referee couldn’t ignore comments. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) sees a yellow card for mouthing off.
90+1′
One of the players from Arsenal times his run too early, and the referee blows his whistle for offside.
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We will have 4 min. of added time.
90′
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) weaves through the defence with ease and gets into a good position in front of the goal. He pulls the trigger, trying to beat the keeper, but fails as the ball zooms around the right post.
90′
Another attempt to quickly send the ball beyond the defence by Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) is averted and cleared away to safety.
89′
 
The referee signals a substitution. Calum Chambers (Arsenal) is brought on as a substitute for Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).
88′
The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Newcastle Utd are going to take it. Siem De Jong (Newcastle Utd) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down.
88′
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) collects a great pass inside the box and misses a golden opportunity. His shot was directed into the middle of the goal, but the goalkeeper does well to stop his effort.
88′
 
The attendance for today’s match is 59257.
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Here’s the change. Cheik Tiote (Newcastle Utd) left the pitch, and Siem De Jong (Newcastle Utd) came on as a substitute.
87′
A pass by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
85′
Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle Utd) jumps for a cross and produces a fine header from near the penalty spot, but it goes narrowly wide of the right post.
85′
 
Newcastle Utd quickly take a corner kick with a short pass.
85′
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Newcastle Utd.
85′
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd) nearly creates a chance, but his attempt to pick out a teammate with a through ball does not come off.
84′
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) attempts to send a pass but the effort is blocked.
84′
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) commits a rough foul. Anthony Taylor stops the game and makes a call.
83′
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
82′
 
Yellow card. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) goes into the referee’s book after a bad challenge.
81′
 
Here is a change. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) is going off and Arsene Wenger gives the last tactical orders to Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).
81′
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle Utd) jumps for a cross and produces a fine header from near the penalty spot which goes by a whisker over the bar! What a huge opportunity!
80′
Cheik Tiote (Newcastle Utd) probably picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue in the match.
79′
 
Manager makes a subsitution with Florian Thauvin (Newcastle Utd) coming on for Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd).
79′
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) makes room to connect with a cross, but his strike from the penalty spot isn’t accurate at all and the ball goes well over the bar.
78′
 
Looks like Cheik Tiote (Newcastle Utd) is struggling after picking up a knock. We will see if he can run that off.
77′
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) unleashes a first-time effort from long range, but it’s blocked by the defender.
77′
 
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) steps up to take the corner. He launches the ball into the penalty area, but it only finds the head of an opposing player who averts the danger.
76′
The ball is cleared after Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. Arsenal get a chance to score from a corner kick.
74′
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) sends a quick through ball into space for his teammate, who is lurking on the offside border, but one of the defenders intercepts and clears the danger.
72′
 
Gooal! Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) scores with a shot from inside the box after latching on to a headed pass from Olivier Giroud (Arsenal). He makes it 1:0.
72′
 
Corner kick. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) will try to deliver a quality ball into the box.
72′
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked. It will be a corner kick for Arsenal.
71′
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) with a teasing cross into the area, but Petr Cech (Arsenal) intercepts the ball.
70′
Rob Elliot (Newcastle Utd) sends a long ball across the pitch, but it didn’t find its way to the target.
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It is time for a substitution. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) will be replaced by Joel Campbell (Arsenal).
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Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) receives a yellow card.
67′
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) timed his run perfectly to connect with the resulting corner kick. His finish from around the penalty spot was rather poor as it went way over the bar.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) is about to take a corner kick.
66′
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. Arsenal have a corner.
65′
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd) floats in a cross for Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle Utd), whose header from near the penalty spot is really poor and goes well wide of the right post.
65′
Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle Utd) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders.
64′
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) crosses the ball into the box from the free kick, but the defence clears the danger.
63′
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) dispossess an opponent of the ball with but is penalised for a foul. The referee blows his whistle and stops the game.
62′
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) unfairly held the opponent. The referee saw the whole situation and blows his whistle for a foul.
61′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) once again attempts to send a defence-splitting pass, but the opposition’s defence is alert and intercepts the ball.
60′
Anthony Taylor calls for a foul. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball.
59′
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) picks up the ball inside the penalty box and immediately fires a first-time effort that sails well over the crossbar and ends in the stands.
58′
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) produces a long ball across the pitch to find his teammate, but he fails.
57′
Petr Cech (Arsenal) steps in and intercepts a long pass from Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd).
56′
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) makes a bad challenge, and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
55′
The assistant referee’s flag is up because Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) didn’t find the way to beat the offside trap.
55′
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle Utd) was too harsh with his tackle which made Anthony Taylor interrupt the game and signal for a set piece.
54′
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort.
52′
The player from Newcastle Utd commits a rough challenge. Anthony Taylor blows for a foul and keeps the game under his control.
51′
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) meets a pass on the edge of the penalty area and finishes down to the middle of the goal. He didn’t put enough power into the effort, and Rob Elliot (Newcastle Utd) pulls off an easy save.
50′
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) receives the ball inside the penalty box and immediately fires a first-time effort, but it goes well over the top.
49′
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) leaps high to meet a lofted pass inside the six-yard box, but his header flies yards of the right post.
48′
Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle Utd) collects a great pass inside the box and misses a golden opportunity. His low shot was directed into the middle of the goal, but the goalkeeper does well to stop his effort.
48′
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd) with a rough challenge, Anthony Taylor blows his whistle for a foul.
47′
A pass by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
46′
 
Everything is ready for the beginning of the second half, so the match is about to get going again.
45+1′
The fans have so far witnessed an unattractive game, with barely any exciting moments to stir interest. It has been a tight contest so far. Both teams are attempting to play possession play.
45+1′
 
There will be nothing more to see in the first half. The whistle blowing of Anthony Taylor has ended it.
45+1′
 
A quickly taken corner by Newcastle Utd.
45+1′
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd) delivers a low pass into the box which is intercepted. The referee blows his whistle, Newcastle Utd are awarded a corner kick.
45+1′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) sends a lofted cross from a long-range free kick, but it goes out-of-play.
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1 additional min. will be played.
45′
Anthony Taylor couldn’t ignore the harsh tackle of Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) and blew the whistle.
44′
Another attempt to quickly send the ball beyond the defence by Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle Utd) is averted and cleared away to safety.
43′
 
Newcastle Utd has a chance to score from a corner kick, but it’s averted by a defender, who manages to clear the ball away.
43′
Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle Utd) receives a great pass inside the box and misses a golden chance. The goalkeeper pulls off a stunning save. Newcastle Utd force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
42′
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle Utd) had a golden opportunity as he fired from point blank range. His volley was directed towards the middle of the goal, but Petr Cech (Arsenal) was alert and made an amazing save!
41′
Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle Utd) switches the play and finds Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle Utd) who can continue in their attacking combination.
39′
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle Utd) goes on a mazy run and tries his luck with a mid-range strike, but one of the defending players steps in and makes a block.
38′
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) didn’t manage to convert the resulting corner kick into a goal. He produced a header from a dangerous position inside the box, but he sent it well over the bar.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) takes the corner.
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What a big chance to score. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) produces a promising volley, but one of the defending players was quick enough to step in and to make a crucial block. Good work from Arsenal as they win a corner.
36′
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) receives a pass and tries his luck with a long-range powerful effort. His poorly placed shot lacks accuracy and flies miles wide of the left post.
35′
 
Anthony Taylor pulls out a yellow card to show it to Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) for a tough tackle.
35′
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out.
34′
A pass by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
33′
Long pass, produced by Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd), missed precision to reach his teammates.
32′
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) with a through ball, but overhits his pass.
31′
 
A corner kick, taken by Newcastle Utd, is thwarted by well prepared Petr Cech (Arsenal).
31′
Paul Dummett (Newcastle Utd) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down. Newcastle Utd have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
31′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) crosses the ball forward but it is intercepted.
29′
A crossfield pass from Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) failed to find any of his teammates.
28′
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle Utd) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.
28′
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack.
27′
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared.
26′
Ayoze Perez (Newcastle Utd) horribly skewed a first-time shot from the edge of the box and sent the ball way wide of the right post.
25′
Arsenal are showing great team-chemistry. They are passing it around beautifully. Excellent team work.
22′
Half-chance! Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) plays a pass into the box, but Rob Elliot (Newcastle Utd) reacts well to thwart the attack.
21′
Cheik Tiote (Newcastle Utd) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
20′
Newcastle Utd couldn’t find the way to score from a long-range free kick as Petr Cech (Arsenal) leaps high and intercepts a cross.
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The game is interrupted now, Cheik Tiote (Newcastle Utd) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
19′
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) brings an opponent down and Anthony Taylor interrupts the game.
18′
Jack Colback (Newcastle Utd) aims a cross from the side into the penalty area in order to find one of his teammates, but he fails, and the situation doesn’t bear fruit. The ball goes out-of-play and Arsenal will have a goal kick.
16′
Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle Utd) attempts to convert a cross into a goal, but his promising header from near the penalty spot, which is aimed towards the bottom left corner, is denied by Petr Cech (Arsenal) who pulls off a decent save.
15′
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) nearly creates a chance, but his attempt to pick out a teammate with a through ball does not come off.
14′
 
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates.
13′
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) attempts to send a pass but the effort is blocked. The ball is out-of-play and Arsenal manage to earn a corner.
12′
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) takes a first-time shot from the edge of the box, but his effort is well blocked by the defender.
11′
A pass from Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) is intercepted by Petr Cech (Arsenal) and the move breaks down.
10′
Arsenal are showcasing great team work. Exchanging some short passes and one-two passes, waiting to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
9′
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) is trying to send the ball in front of the goal, but the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
8′
 
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) puts a cross into the box from the corner but there is no panic for the oppositon as they easily clear.
7′
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) produces a dangerous low pass into the penalty area, but the defence manage to cut it out. The ball goes out-of-play. Arsenal have been awarded a corner kick.
6′
Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle Utd) tries to create a chance, but puts too much pace on his pass.
5′
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) sends over a cross but he can’t find any teammate inside the box. Poor delivery.
4′
Cheik Tiote (Newcastle Utd) was clearly holding an opposition player, and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
2′
Rob Elliot (Newcastle Utd) doesn’t have to worry about this one. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) plays a pass into the feet of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), with the latter unable to find the target. His effort from inside the box goes well wide of the left post.
1′
 
Rob Elliot (Newcastle Utd) leaps up to intercept the corner kick from Mesut Ozil (Arsenal).
1′
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) wastes a good opportunity as he sends an inaccurate final pass into the box which is blocked by the defence. Now Arsenal with a corner.
1′
 
The first half has just begun.
The players are on the pitch and Arsenal will have the kick-off.
Anthony Taylor is the one to supervise the game today.
 
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