Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1: Alexsandar Mitrovic sees red as Fabricio Coloccini own goal sinks Magpies

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren
Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren

Aleksandar Mitrovic saw red after just 16 minutes as Newcastle United lost a fiery encounter with Arsenal 1-0.

Newcastle were on the backfoot for the majority of the Premier League game at St James’s Park after Mitrovic was given his marching orders for a studs up challenge on Francis Coquelin’s shin.

Referee Andre Marriner was at the centre of the controversy, with the West Midlands referee at one stage threatening to lose control - dishing out card after card to Newcastle players to the frustation of the home support.

Steve McClaren’s side defended well against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal but the pressure eventually told seven minutes after the break.

A 52nd minute own goal from captain Fabricio Coloccini enough to separate the two sides.

The first big chance of the game came in the 9th minute, Hector Bellerin playing the ball cross to Theo Walcott, but Tim Krul made a good save to deny the England forward.

It was a frantic start, with Arsenal pressing the Newcastle defence from the off.

And the Gunners should have had a penalty 13 minutes in, Florian Thauvin - making his full Premier League debut - tripped Bellerin inside the area but Andre Marriner waved it away.

Then came the big talking point, Mitrovic given his marching orders after just 16 minutes for a studs up challenge on the shin of Francis Coquelin.

The colourful Serbian striker - who joined the club with a fiery reputation - had his head in his hands as he made his way off the pitch.

Newcastle reshuffled, with Thauvin the furthest forward.

It was a frantic pace and Newcastle were in danger of losing control, with Chancel Mbemba and Thauvin also booked, while Jack Colback was given several talkings to.

Arsenal were pressing and probing and should have taken the lead through Walcott, who missed a glorious chance after Krul saved Alexis Sanchez’s long-range effort.

Walcott blazed the follow-up over the bar from close range.

Newcastle, defending well, edged their way back into the game and saw more of the ball as the game ticked towards half-time.

Half-Time: Newcastle 0 Arsenal 0

Trigger-happy Marriner didn’t stop flashing the cards after the break, with Vurnon Anita and Wijnaldum both booked for Newcastle in the opening four minutes, and Cazorla for Arsenal.

Newcastle had been resolute at the back since going down to 10-men but the breakthrough finally came in the 52nd minute.

Krul blocked Aaron Ramsey’s shot, the ball falling to Oxlade-Chamberlain whose low drive across goal was deflected in off Coloccini’s heel.

It was a cruel blow for the Magpies but they defence had soaked up an awful lot of pressure since going down to ten men.

Krul was twice called upon to save from Sanchez, as Wenger’s side looked to hammer home their advantage.

McClaren removed defensive midfielder Anita with Ayoze Perez, while Papiss Cisse then came on for Sissoko.

Newcastle showed more intent but struggled to create an clear cut chances, with Arsenal happy to keep possession and see the rest of the game out.

Four Premier League games without a win now for Newcastle ahead of the international break.

Full-Time: Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita (Ayoze Perez, 72) Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko Papiss Cisse (79), Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin (Siem de Jong (87)), Aleksandar Mitrovic

Subs Not Used: Karl Darlow, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Gabriel Obertan.

Booked: Sissoko (3), Mebemba (19), Thauvin (26), Anita (48), Wijnaldum (49), Coloccini (90)

Sent off: Mitrovic (16)

Goals: None

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla (c); Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Mikel Arteta (81), Alexis Sanchez; Theo Walcott (Olivier Giroud, 69)

Subs Not Used: David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Joel Campbell.

Booked: Cazorla (49)

Goals: Coloccini OG (52)

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

Attendance: 50,388