Premier League: Gordon’s goal ends Arsenal unbeaten run

Arsenal missed the chance to move level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City as their unbeaten start to the season came to an end with a 1-0 defeat by Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday Night Football.

Anthony Gordon’s close-range finish in the 64th minute, which was subject to a four-minute VAR check, proved the difference in a fiery clash between two teams who finished in the top four last term.

Despite a lack of first-half goalmouth action, temperatures reached boiling point before the break when Kai Havertz was booked for a reckless lunge on Sean Longstaff before Bruno Guimaraes was perhaps fortunate not to see red for an off-the-ball forearm on Jorginho.

The match settled down in the second half and despite some relentless late pressure from Arsenal, Gordon’s goal from Newcastle’s first shot on target gave Eddie Howe’s side a memorable win to move them up to sixth in the table and extend their unbeaten league run to seven games.

As for Arsenal, it was a missed opportunity for Mikel Arteta’s team who failed to join Man City at the Premier League summit following the champions’ 6-1 victory over Bournemouth earlier in the day. The Gunners are third, two points behind north London rivals Tottenham who can move further clear when they face Chelsea on Monday Night Football.