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Newcastle United 1-2 Arsenal

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport
Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud has now scored nine goals in his last nine games
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  • Newcastle 10 points above relegation zone

Arsenal resisted Newcastle's second-half fightback as they continued their pursuit of second-placed Manchester City with a sixth successive win.

After City beat West Brom, Olivier Giroud scored twice in four minutes as Arsenal established first-half control.

He poked in his first from Santi Cazorla's free-kick before heading in a corner for his 17th of the season.

Moussa Sissoko's crisp finish sparked a revival but David Ospina's save from Remy Cabella's shot was crucial.

Arsene Wenger proud of team performance

Any Newcastle hopes that the Gunners would suffer the after-effects of Tuesday's Champions League exit were extinguished in a first half in which the visitors could easily have been four goals ahead.

Despite being without Mesut Ozil, they did not miss the German playmaker as Giroud again linked up well with Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck to score his ninth goal in as many games.

If only Newcastle could call on the same firepower. Newcastle manager John Carver witnessed an improved second-half display from his side, but without injured top scorer Papiss Cisse and suspended defender Fabricio Coloccini, they slipped to a fourth defeat in the last five games.

Moussa Sissoko
Moussa Sissoko scored after 48 minutes to boost Newcastle's fightback

Carver spoke earlier this week of a player "clear-out", which did not seem to lift his team in a woeful first half. In fact, they were closer to the description of Match of the Day pundit Phil Neville, who said many of them were already wearing flip-flops in anticipation of the summer break.

Arsenal took advantage of their sluggishness with some ease.

Giroud was a tad fortunate for his first goal as Welbeck flicked on Cazorla's free-kick and the Frenchman seemed to score via his knee. The second showed his strength as he held off Mike Williamson to nod in Cazorla's corner.

Aaron Ramsey, in the side to replace Ozil, inadvertently denied Giroud a first-half hat-trick when he diverted a low cross out of his team-mate's path.

The Newcastle supporters booed off their team at half-time but they saw a transformation at the start of the second period.

We are not on summer holidays yet - John Carver

Cabella was heavily involved as he first set up Sissoko's goal with a clever cut-back. He then teed up Yoan Gouffran, who could only poke straight at Ospina, with Sissoko almost troubling the Colombian from close-range following a corner.

As Arsenal tired, Jonas Gutierrez, who returned to action earlier this month after overcoming testicular cancer, came on to further boost his team-mates.

But Ospina denied Newcastle a point when he saved well with his legs to stop Cabella's deflected shot.

Despite losing, Newcastle at least ended the game strongly and their fans will hope they show the same effort in the Tyne-Wear derby at Sunderland after the international break.

Newcastle boss John Carver: "It's dead easy to disappear in a stadium like this. I told the players at half-time: 'Be proud of what you do and wearing the shirt, give the fans something to shout about' and we did that. As soon as we got on front foot, the game and the stadium came alive.

"People said we had our flip-flops on but if you saw our second-half performance that's not the case. I'll keep driving them on, they want to work and keep having a go."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on whether he was concerned by the difference between his side's first and second-half displays: "No, not at all. We played one game in Manchester, one at home to West Ham, one in Monaco on Tuesday and now here so that's three away games in two weeks. I'm proud of the performance we put in today.

"We want to finish as high as we can, we have 60 points with eight games to go. If you look at the points we have taken in the last three months, it has been outstanding, so we just want to win and win and win."

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger said his side did well to hold on after a tiring schedule of three away games in two weeks
David Opsina watches Remy Cabella's shot curl wide but he denied the French winger late on
David Opsina watches Remy Cabella's shot curl wide but he denied the French winger late on
John Carver
John Carver said his team's second-half display proved they were not wearing flip-flops already

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 4Taylor
  • 22Janmaat
  • 6Williamson
  • 14Colback
  • 8AnitaSubstituted forGutiérrezat 72'minutes
  • 7Sissoko
  • 11Gouffran
  • 20Cabella
  • 28AmeobiSubstituted forArmstrongat 89'minutes
  • 17Pérez

Substitutes

  • 18Gutiérrez
  • 21Elliot
  • 25Obertan
  • 29Riviere
  • 32Armstrong
  • 37Satka
  • 40Kemen

Arsenal

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Ospina
  • 21Chambers
  • 5Gabriel
  • 6Koscielny
  • 18Monreal
  • 16Ramsey
  • 34Coquelin
  • 17SánchezSubstituted forFlaminiat 71'minutes
  • 19CazorlaSubstituted forRosickyat 71'minutes
  • 23WelbeckSubstituted forBellerinat 89'minutes
  • 12Giroud

Substitutes

  • 1Szczesny
  • 3Gibbs
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 7Rosicky
  • 14Walcott
  • 20Flamini
  • 39Bellerin
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
50,544

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Arsenal 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Arsenal 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

  4. Post update

    Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jack Colback (Newcastle United).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Héctor Bellerín replaces Danny Welbeck.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Adam Armstrong replaces Sammy Ameobi.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Gabriel Paulista.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Arsenal. Nacho Monreal tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ryan Taylor.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

  16. Post update

    Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Mathieu Flamini.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Colback.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea28197258233564
2Man City30187562283461
3Arsenal30186658312760
4Man Utd29168550262456
5Liverpool29166743301354
6Southampton30165942212153
7Tottenham3016595045553
8Swansea30127113438-443
9West Ham30119104037342
10Stoke30126123437-342
11Crystal Palace3099123641-536
12Newcastle3098133348-1535
13West Brom3089132739-1233
14Everton29710123641-531
15Hull29610132637-1128
16Aston Villa3077161939-2028
17Sunderland30414122344-2126
18Burnley30510152649-2325
19QPR2964193052-2222
20Leicester2947182748-2119
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