Anthony Gordon scores a goal
Anthony Gordon has scored four Premier League goals this season

Anthony Gordon’s controversial second-half winner gave Newcastle United victory over Arsenal in a feisty encounter at St James’ Park.

Gordon’s scrappy 64th-minute strike summed up a dogfight of a game, with the video assistant referee checking for whether the ball had gone out of play, for a foul and for offside before Newcastle were finally allowed to celebrate.

It condemned Arsenal to their first Premier League defeat of the season as referee Stuart Attwell found himself at the centre of several contentious moments even before Gordon’s decider.

Newcastle were furious when Kai Havertz escaped a red card for a wild first-half challenge on Sean Longstaff before Arsenal demanded similar punishment for Bruno Guimaraes, who was fortunate after appearing to elbow Jorginho.

The Magpies finally broke the deadlock when Arsenal keeper David Raya missed Joe Willock’s cross, leaving Gordon to pounce after a tangle between Joelinton and Gabriel at the far post.

Big week for Newcastle United

The joy among the Toon Army at the final whistle reflected two big wins this week that confirmed Newcastle will again be a force to be reckoned with this season.

Manager Eddie Howe shuffled his selection and Newcastle still overpowered Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup, while here they showed different qualities to win a war of attrition with Arsenal.

This was about as far from the beautiful game as it gets, with spiteful exchanges and little in the way of quality on show from either side.

Even the goal was a drawn-out affair as the officials effectively went through a VAR multiple choice before Gordon’s goal was given.

It was then that Newcastle showed the organisation and resilient streak they have developed under Howe.

They dug in and they barely gave Arsenal a sniff of goal, even through a tense eight minutes of stoppage time, before Attwell ended this contentious game, the second half played out in a Tyneside downpour.

Newcastle were creaky at the start of the season, but the improvement of late sees them moving towards the top four places once more, with a Carabao Cup quarter-final at Chelsea to look forward to.

Arsenal struggle for spark

The bare facts suggest Arsenal have made a solid start to the season as this was their first league defeat and they lie in third place, only three points behind Saturday night’s leaders Manchester City.

Dig deeper, though, and there are signs that will concern manager Mikel Arteta as the Gunners are still not showing the fluency and spark that saw them lead the title race for so long last season before being hauled in by Manchester City.

And there are questions surrounding two of Arteta’s summer signings – goalkeeper David Raya and Kai Havertz.

They were both involved here, Raya with his flailing and failed attempt to claim Joe Willock’s cross before Gordon scored and Havertz with the foul on Longstaff that sparked a flare-up between the teams.

Raya has yet to prove he is an upgrade on the dropped Aaron Ramsdale, while Havertz, whose style is naturally languid, cruised through this stormy game to little or no effect.

Arsenal are still in a good position, but this has been a notably poor few days for them, with the Carabao Cup loss at West Ham on Wednesday followed by this reverse at St James’ Park.

Player of the match

GordonAnthony Gordon

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number10Player nameGordon

  2. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton

  3. Squad number21Player nameLivramento

  4. Squad number6Player nameLascelles

  5. Squad number5Player nameSchär

  6. Squad number2Player nameTrippier

  7. Squad number28Player nameWillock

  8. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

  9. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

  10. Squad number22Player namePope

  11. Squad number33Player nameBurn

  12. Squad number9Player nameWilson

  13. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

  14. Squad number11Player nameRitchie

  15. Squad number39Player nameBruno Guimarães



Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Pope
  • 2Trippier
  • 6Lascelles
  • 5SchärBooked at 39mins
  • 33BurnSubstituted forLivramentoat 45′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 36S LongstaffBooked at 38mins
  • 39Bruno GuimarãesBooked at 88mins
  • 7Joelinton
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forMurphyat 63′minutesSubstituted forRitchieat 79′minutes
  • 9WilsonSubstituted forWillockat 62′minutes
  • 10GordonBooked at 37mins


  • 1Dúbravka
  • 3Dummett
  • 11Ritchie
  • 17Krafth
  • 20Hall
  • 21Livramento
  • 23Murphy
  • 28Willock
  • 67Miley


Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Raya
  • 4WhiteSubstituted forZinchenkoat 73′minutes
  • 2Saliba
  • 6Gabriel
  • 18Tomiyasu
  • 29HavertzBooked at 37mins
  • 20JorginhoSubstituted forFábio Vieiraat 79′minutes
  • 41Rice
  • 7Saka
  • 14NketiahSubstituted forTrossardat 79′minutes
  • 11Martinelli


  • 1Ramsdale
  • 15Kiwior
  • 17Cédric Soares
  • 19Trossard
  • 21Fábio Vieira
  • 24Nelson
  • 25Elneny
  • 31Hein
  • 35Zinchenko

Stuart Attwell


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