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  • Newcastle United 0-0 Arsenal: Gervinho red-card debut

    Play with ten players since the 75th minute, Arsenal drew 0-0 with Newcastle United, at the inaugural Premier League match on Saturday (13/08/2011). Gervinho is sent-off on his debut. With a quarter of an hour left the striker, bought for £12 million from Lille and Arsenal’s only major summer signing so far, was shown a straight red card for a slap on Joey Barton, who had become incensed with the Ivorian after he took a blatant dive in the box.

    Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger does not include the name of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri into the squad at the inaugural Premier League matches this season. Wenger prefers to play Andrei Arshavin Nasri to fill the position.

    Even so, Arsenal remain solid. They are seen to dominate the game since the early minutes. During the first 15 minutes, attacks "The Gunners" more through Gervinho which operates as a right-wing. However, the attackers last brought from Lille in the transfer market this summer has not been seen coherent with Robin van Persie and his friends. Often, Gervinho made a mistake in releasing the cross.

    Nevertheless, Arsenal several times made desperate by the counter-attack which was built by the home team. However, the Arsenal defense raised Thomas Vermaelen and colleagues spry enough to reduce the opponent's attack.

    Arsenal had a golden opportunity through the action of Van Persie in the 43rd minute. At that time, Rosicky breakthrough release bait to Van Persie. However, Van Persie failed to maximize these opportunities after one of Newcastle defender managed to steal the ball from the Dutch striker's feet. Opportunity is Arsenal's last chance. 0-0 score lasted until the interval.

    After the break, Arsenal still appear adamant. "The Gunners" continues to carry the threat into the heart of the opponent's defense.

    Wenger also prefer to make a few changes early in the second half. French coach was put Theo Walcott to replace Arshavin in the 59th minute.

    The entry of Arsenal's Walcott makes samakin malicious attacks. Even the Arsenal midfielder was almost menbobol Newcastle goal in the 62nd minute. From the left sector, Walcott to penetrate and then meelaspakan hard shot. Unfortunately Walcott was able to anticipate shots by Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul.

    In addition to Walcott, Gervinho has high mobility in this game. However, the Ivory Coast striker had to get a red card after a quarrel with Barton in the 73rd minute. The incident began when Gervinho farthest in the Newcastle penalty box. Gervinho action turned out to make Barton emotion.

    With a rugged, attractive look Barton Gervinho shirt. Gervinho provoked emotions. Ivory Coast striker left cheek was slapped Barton. Above actions, Gervinho red card. While Barton was only getting a yellow card.

    Without Gervinho, Arsenal seemed to master the game in the remaining time. However, Arsenal failed to convert every opportunity that is created into goals. As a result, both teams played a goalless draw until the fight was over.

    Teams Line-up:

    Newcastle United: Tim Krul; Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Danny Simpson; Cheik Ismael Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Joey Barton; Shola Ameobi (Leon Best 70), Demba Ba

    Arsenal: Wojciech Szczsny; Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Bacary Sagna; Alex Song, Tomas Rosicky, Andrei Arshavin (Walcott 59), Gervinho; Robin Van Persie, Aaron Ramsey


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