Newcastle 2-1 Arsenal – FIVE THINGS YOU MISSED: Joe Willock makes his Premier League debut

Newcastle secured a memorable 2-1 comeback win against Arsenal at St James’ Park thanks to goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie. 

Alexandre Lacazette gave the Gunners the lead in the 14th minut but the hosts bounced back in the second half. 

With plenty of action on the pitch, Sportsmail kept an eye on things around the game that you may have missed. 

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle celebrates with DeAndre Yedlin after scoring the winning goal

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle celebrates with DeAndre Yedlin after scoring the winning goal

Teenage Kicks

As Arsenal have a clash with Diego Costa to look forward to in the Europa League, Arsene Wenger needs to have his squad fresh as possible. Mesut Ozil was given the weekend with 18 year old Joe Willock being handed his first team debut to take the German’s place.

Arsenal are reptuted for giving young players a chance, with Willock the 56th teenager to make a Premier League appearance for the North London side — more than any other team in the competitions’s history. 

The young midfielder is now the fourth player to make a Premier League appearance who was born after boss Arsene Wenger’s first match in charge. The other players include Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah).

Joe Willock has now made more appareances at St. James Park than Mesut Ozil who joined Arsenal four and a half years ago.

Joe Willock (right) of Arsenal closes down Jamaal Lascelles (left) of Newcastle

Joe Willock (right) of Arsenal closes down Jamaal Lascelles (left) of Newcastle

Joe Willock (right) of Arsenal closes down Jamaal Lascelles (left) of Newcastle

Gazza in the stands

Paul Gascoigne was spotted in the stands at St James Park on Sunday sporting an unusual landing strip style haircut. The icon’s new trim did not go unnoticed by eagle-eyed viewers on Twitter who went so far as to describe the look as ‘offensive’. Harsh but fair.

Gazza began his footballing career at Newcastle. Captaining the youth side and making 92 appearances for the Magpies, scoring 21 goals in that time. With his recent public personal struggles off the pitch it’s good to see Gascoigne looking well and at the game, hair cut aside. 

Paul Gascoigne watches on from the stands during Newcastle's clash with Arsenal

Paul Gascoigne watches on from the stands during Newcastle's clash with Arsenal

Paul Gascoigne watches on from the stands during Newcastle’s clash with Arsenal

Thierry Henry’s Soul Glo

Thierry Henry spent much of his football playing career shining on the pitch, but it was his beard that stole the show on Sky Sports Super Sunday.

Whether someone laced the former Arsenal man’s beard oil with glitter or he’s taken to using Soul Glo it’s unclear. 

But at least the amazing sparkling beard provided some distraction for Arsenal fans.

Arsenal reach a century of goals

Things started brightly for Arsenal at St. James Park. Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were handed their first start up front together and within fourteen minutes gave Arsenal the lead.

It was Arsenal’s 100th goal in the Premier League this season. They are the fourth club to reach a century of goals this season following free-scoring Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham. 

Alexandre Lacazette gives Arsenal the lead during Sunday's clash at St James' Park

Alexandre Lacazette gives Arsenal the lead during Sunday's clash at St James' Park

Alexandre Lacazette gives Arsenal the lead during Sunday’s clash at St James’ Park

Arsenal denied a penalty?

Shortly after Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring at St James Park, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang thought he’d try his luck on the Newcastle goal with a strike of his own. Before it could do any real damage Jamal Lascelles threw out his right hand to stop the striker’s effort.

Despite pointing out the infraction to referee Anthony Taylor, Aubameyang was denied his penalty and the chance to double Arsenal’s lead. 

Had the call been given the match could have seen a very different outcome for the Gunners. 

Jamal Lascelles threw out his right hand to stop Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's effort

Jamal Lascelles threw out his right hand to stop Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's effort

Jamal Lascelles threw out his right hand to stop Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s effort

Aubameyang pleads to the referee after seeing his effort denied by Lascelles' hand

Aubameyang pleads to the referee after seeing his effort denied by Lascelles' hand



Highlights Newcastle 2-1 Arsenal




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