In a tension-filled clash at St James’ Park, Newcastle United kept their Premier League unbeaten streak alive, securing a gritty 1-0 victory over Arsenal. The match, overshadowed by controversial VAR decisions, saw limited goal-scoring opportunities early on. Arsenal dominated the play, with William Saliba and Eddie Nketiah missing the target, while Newcastle’s Callum Wilson’s attempt was ruled offside. Tensions escalated when Kai Havertz escaped a potential red card, leading to heated exchanges and yellow cards for Newcastle players.
The second half continued in a similar fashion, with Havertz narrowly avoiding further trouble. As the match seemed destined for a goalless draw, Newcastle capitalized on a defensive lapse, with Anthony Gordon slotting home from close range after a VAR-reviewed goalmouth scramble. The decision faced scrutiny, analyzing multiple factors, but ultimately, the goal stood.
Despite the lack of flair, the victory propelled Newcastle to sixth place in the league, reaffirming their impressive form this season. For Arsenal, the defeat widened the gap with league leaders Manchester City, highlighting the importance of regaining momentum in the upcoming fixtures.