An own goal from defender Fabricio Coloccini seven minutes into the second half proved to be the difference between the two teams.
Newcastle played most of the game with 10 men following the sending-off of striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in the 16th minute for a rash challenge on Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin.
Former Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar was following the match, and he felt that Arsene Wenger’s side were lucky to pick up the three points in Newcastle.
Lucky again first Newcastle down to.10. Next they give away an own goal https://t.co/d6P7ulD7AV— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) August 29, 2015
Yes this boring game has now opened up. Just what it needed now it should open up and we can try and pick them off.— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) August 29, 2015
Interestingly, earlier this month when Arsenal defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 away from home at Selhurst Park in the Premier League, the former Spurs chairman felt that the North London outfit were lucky then (click here to read more).
BOOOOOOOOM! 1-2. Fantastic hunger/desire by @Alexis_Sanchez & nice finish by Delaney.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 16, 2015
Oh leave off it was an fluke own goal https://t.co/CBpMlbQGh0— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) August 16, 2015
Lucky Arsenal— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) August 16, 2015
Over the course of the 90 minutes at Newcastle, Arsenal had 74% of the possession, took 22 shots of which nine were on target and earned nine corners.