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Summary

  1. Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud.
  2. Newcastle XI: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Sissoko, Tiote, Colback, Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic.
  3. Referee: Anthony Taylor

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

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Ayoze Perez looks dejected
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CLOSE!

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle

Yes! Yes! Yes! Nooooo!

Aaron Ramsey nearly scores a goal fitting for an Alan Partridge commentary.

The Wales midfielder slalomed liked an Olympic skier inside the area, but his bending effort bent too wide of Rob Elliot's far post.

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Newcastle's Rob Elliot makes a great low save from Aaron Ramsey's low angled shot. There might still be another goal in this. But at which end?

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle

Newcastle have another headed chance. This time Gini Wijnaldum heads over from eight yards from Daryl Janmaat's cross.

Do the Magpies need a striker in the January window?

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle

Newcastle are desperately looking for an equaliser. They have played well today.

Striker Alexander Mitrovic, who lately seems incapable of hitting a barn door, heads over the bar from 10 yards out.

There is a little less than 10 minutes remaining of normal time.

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle

BBC Newcastle's NUFC summariser John Anderson: "It's not the greatest corner in the world. Perez didn't react to it. It's tough on Newcastle but they've got to keep going."   

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Striker's instinct there from Koscielny, always assume the ball is coming to you till its out of play. #AFCvNUFC #bbcfootball

GOAL - Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle

Laurent Koscielny

Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal celebrates
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It wasn't coming. It really wasn't coming.

Defender Laurent Koscielny was switched on but Newcastle's Ayoze Perez was switched off.

A corner from the right eventually finds the head of Olivier Giroud who heads on to Koscielny. His fellow Frenchman is allowed to poke in almost unchallenged by Perez, who seems to have been ball-watching.

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Arsenal have brought on Joel Campbell for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain. They look a bit stuck for ideas.

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

The lofted ball from Jack Colback was easily cleared, but the Magpies continue to attack. Moments later, centre-back Chancel Mbemba bullets a header over.

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
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Newcastle pressing and pressing. Free-kick from 35 yards out.

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

Cheeky effort by Olivier Giroud. The France striker is fed into the area by Laurent Koscielny - his dinked shot goes over the head of keeper Rob Elliot but also on to the top netting.

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

There is something wrong with the Arsenal tempo. The wet surface should be perfect for their 'zipping passes' but they haven't zipped and look a little leggy.

GREAT SAVE BUT POOR FINISH!

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

Petr Cech of Arsenal
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It should have been 1-0 to Newcastle.

Ayoze Perez finds Gini Wijnaldum, who has just Petr Cech to beat, but the Gunners keeper spreads himself well. Should the Dutchman have dinked it?

Moments later, Olivier Giroud puts too much glance on a glancing header from Nacho Monreal's cross. Back at the other end Alexander Mitrovic fires over from close range, although the ball arrived at an awkward height.

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Newcastle begin the second half like Arsenal did in the first half - on the front foot.

Moussa Sissoko drills in a cross from the right but it bypasses everybody.

KICK-OFF

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Newcastle get us back under way.

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Newcastle Totally the better Side of this first Half against @Arsenal no doubt.... #bbcfootball

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

BBC Newcastle's NUFC summariser John Anderson: "Newcastle have had the better chances. Cech's been the busier of the two keepers, Rob Elliot hasn't really had a save to make. Newcastle will be pleased at half-time." 

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Come on the Toon... #howaythelads #nufcvsarsenal

Come on the Toon... #howaythelads #nufcvsarsenal

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What do you make of that Arsenal and Newcastle fans?

The Gunners don't look like potential champions and the Magpies don't look like relegation candidates.

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HALF-TIME

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Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren
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'Newcastle have to take their chances'

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

Chris Sutton

Former Chelsea & Norwich striker on Final Score

"Newcastle are playing with courage and bravery, but they have to take their chances. If Arsenal harbour hopes of winning the title then this is a game you expect them to win." 

Rain - a lot of it

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It's absolutely teaming down at the Emirates Stadium. 

'Newcastle aren't frightened'

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

“Steve McClaren has got Newcastle playing a nice blend of football. They just need a little luck in the final third. Newcastle are taking the game to Arsenal. They’re not frightened of them at all.”  

'McClaren will be happy'

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Chris Sutton

Former Chelsea & Norwich striker on Final Score

"Arsenal are finding it hard, but Newcastle are playing well. They are sitting deep and looking good on the counter attack and Steve McClaren will be the happier of the two managers."

OVERHEAD!

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

Aleksandar Mitrovic attempts a overhead kick
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Daryl Janmaat's dinked delivery from the right finds Alexander Mitrovic, whose tame overhead effort is easily claimed by Arsenal keeper Petr Cech.

Moments later, Gini Wijnaldum's low shot at the back post is pushed away by the Czech keeper.

Good stuff from the Magpies. Arsenal have temporarily switched off.

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With the players at our disposal how are we creating such limited opportunities!! #Arsenal #bbcfootball

GREAT BLOCK!

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

Olivier Giroud in action
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Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini puts in a great block to deny Olivier Giroud whose angled shot was on target.

The game has opened up a wee bit in the last few minutes

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

There has only been one goal in the six 15:00 GMT kick-offs. Follow the main Premier League live text for the day's action.

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

How has Ozil been playing?

"Mister Assister" aka Mesut Ozil just danced past a couple of challenges to send another Arsenal attack on the way. The Gunners' problem has been the final ball.

Bar that little cameo, the German has not been a great influence yet. Give it time.

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Petr Cech plucks the ball out of the air. As you were.

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

Newcastle have a corner - their first - after Paul Dummett's cross is blocked. What will happen next?

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

BBC Newcastle's NUFC summariser John Anderson: "Newcastle have got better as the game's gone on. They're having a decent little spell. Arsenal have dropped their pace and it's allowed Newcastle to get a foothold." 

SHOWBOATING BY TIOTE

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

Cheick Tiote will have to go some way to eclipse his magnificent equaliser in the (in)famous 4-4 draw, but a dribble near the area would have pleased the travelling fans.

Ayoze Perez's shot a few moments later flies well wide of Petr Cech's far post.

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Olivier Giroud of Arsenal reacts
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It's all gone a little bit quiet at the Emirates - library-like - Newcastle have settled down after that early Gunners pressure and are passing it about quite comfortably.

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Arsenal should already be out of sight by now... just a little wasteful in the final third #bbcfootball

GOOD SAVE!

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A chance... in the Arsenal area. Petr Cech, looking to keep his 171st Premier League clean sheet, is forced to dive low to push away Gini Wijnaldum's glancing header. The Dutchman does like a good glancing header.

The Magpies have now twice looked dangerous on the counter.

Meanwhile, Magpies midfielder Cheick Tiote is receiving treatment on the pitch. Seems like a bang to the head.

Bell of the ball

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Hector Bellerin must have exceeded 10,000 steps on his fitness watch.

The Spanish full-back yet again travels down the right and sends in another delivery that Newcastle clear for a corner. Nothing comes from the resulting set piece.

Newcastle's first attack

Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

Daryl Janmaat - a very good attacking full-back - speeds down the right and sends in a cross that eludes everybody. Promising for the Magpies.

Arsenal do allow that space, but the Magpies have to exploit that.

The Gunners are looking good today though.