In a fierce battle at St. James Park, Newcastle United emerged victorious against Arsenal, with a final score of 1-0. The lone goal of the match was skillfully netted by Anthony Gordon, a result that propelled Newcastle to sixth place in the Premier League, while also ending Arsenal’s unbeaten start to the season and maintaining their position in third.
The first half saw Arsenal enjoying the upper hand, albeit with limited scoring opportunities. Tensions ran high as Kai Havertz’s reckless 36th-minute challenge on Sean Longstaff resulted in only a yellow card, followed by three cautions for dissent, involving Longstaff and two other Newcastle players.
Referee Stuart Attwell appeared to lose control during the latter part of the opening half, marked by an incident where Bruno Guimaraes escaped a booking despite appearing to elbow Jorginho, kicking the ball at Havertz, and shoving Declan Rice. Yet, the officiating controversy that unfolded after Gordon’s game-winning goal was a different level of complexity.
Gordon managed to sneak the ball home from close range as David Raya found himself caught in a precarious position under a cross from substitute Joe Willock, with Joelinton outmaneuvering Gabriel in the aerial battle. VAR reviews regarding the ball going out of play, a potential foul by Joelinton on Gabriel, and a potential offside against Gordon yielded inconclusive results or favored Newcastle, ultimately allowing the crucial goal to stand.
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