Photo: Mike Ashley watching Newcastle United v Arsenal at St James’ Park

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Newcastle United suffered a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley was at Saturday’s game between his team and Arsenal at St. James’ Park.

The English businessman was spotted at the stadium taking in the Premier League game, which proved to be a good one.

John Carver’s Newcastle side lost the encounter 2-1, but the fight they put up in the second half was hugely encouraging.

Arsenal headed into the match as firm favourites and took the lead in the 24th minute through France international striker Olivier Giroud.

The former Montpellier star poked in from Santi Cazorla’s free kick and headed home the Gunners’ second just four minutes later.

At half time, it appeared that Arsenal would go on to win by a big margin, but Moussa Sissoko's crisp finish in the opening minutes of the second period gave Newcastle more confidence.

Newcastle came close through Remy Cabella later in the second half, as they stepped up their game in front of over 50,000 spectators.

Club owner Ashley was among them, and one suspects that like the others, he was also pleased to see the team give a good account of themselves in the second half.

The Magpies ended the match with 51% of the possession, 16 shots, of which just four were on target, and nine corners. Arsenal had 49% of the possession, seven shots, of which three were on target, and four corners.

Ashley has an interesting summer ahead. The Newcastle owner will need to decide whether or not to keep Carver as his manager for next season and whether to make big investment in the team in order to make it competitive.

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