Eddie Howe bemoans ‘tough’ call that impacted Newcastle United at Arsenal

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson’s penalty claim came when Arsenal were leading 1-0.

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Eddie Howe felt Newcastle United were denied a penalty in their 2-0 defeat at Arsenal in the Premier League.

What happened?

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With Arsenal leading 1-0 through Bukayo Saka’s opener - Callum Wilson was denied what he felt was a clear spot-kick to equalise.

The Magpies striker was shoved in the back by Nuno Tavares, however, referee Stuart Attwell waved play on.

Moments later, substitute Gabriel Martinelli doubled his side’s lead to put the game to bed.

What Eddie Howe said about Callum Wilson’s penalty claim

He said: “I thought it was a good performance, especially the start

“We were good for the first half an hour. We came under pressure.

“The game was decided in the incident with Callum Wilson and the penalty – a tough call against us – then they scored in the aftermath.

“I don’t know why Callum would go down – he was one on one, a great chance. Games swing on those moments.

“It feels like those big calls have gone against us.

“I’m not seeking any controversy here but I felt the 50/50 calls tended to go against us but as the away team at a top club, sometimes that happens.”

What were the other key moments in front of goal for Newcastle?

Jonjo Shelvey almost opened the scoring in the first-half but was denied by the fingertips of Aaron Ramsdale.

That was United’s best chance of the game. Both that and the penalty claim came at crucial times.

“I thought it was in,” Howe said about the Shelvey chance.

“The pleasing thing today is how we started and finished the game. We created chances.

“Ramsdale has played well. We weren’t clinical but at least we were creating chances.

“The players have been very responsive. They have given everything in the two games. I can’t ask more than their best.”