Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal – English Premier League
Venue: St James’ Park
Date: Saturday 13 August
Kick-off: 1730 BST

Red card: Well well well… an ignominious debut from Gervinho ends with a red card. The Ivory Coast forward theatrically throws himself to the ground on the hunt for a penalty, Joey Barton reacts by grabbing his shirt, and Gervinho throws a slap that prompts a collapse form the Newcastle midfielder that might have earned him top scores at the recent world diving championships. It was six of one, half a dozen of the other for me. Barton is only yellow carded, though. Controversy.

Chris Bevan reports: “Arsenal’s difficult week continues as Gervinho is sent off on his Gunners debut and the Londoners fail to break down a stubborn Newcastle side.”
2000: We’ll call that a wrap, then, my good people. The good news is that Premier League football is back. The even better news is that you suspect it can only get more entertaining. All the more reason, then, to join me again tomorrow for Stoke v Chelsea and West Brom v Man Utd as well as a couple of Championship fixtures. Good to have you lot back, make sure you check out our 606 debate on Radio 5 Live now before sinking in to a bit of Match of the Day from 2215 and then the Football League Show from 2335 on here and BBC One. Let’s do all this again on the morrow, yes? Jubbly.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “I think Gervinho didn’t deserve the red card personally. I dont know why Joey Barton has grabbed him at the throat to get him up. I think thats a yellow card. I feel the referee has not seen it and the assistant has not seen it properly. I am 100% sure the referee has not seen the incident so I would like to know who made the decision. Will I appeal? I will have a good look at it but I am tempted to say yes.”

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