Newcastle United co-owner delivers ‘too easy’ verdict on what £27m Arsenal star did at St James’ Park

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Referee and VAR talk dominated Newcastle United’s 1-0 win over Arsenal.

Newcastle United co-owner Jamie Reuben has fired back at prominent Arsenal fan Piers Morgan after he labelled Anthony Gordon’s winner at St James’ Park as “pathetic”.

Gordon’s strike in the second half separated the two teams, a result that extended the Magpies’ unbeaten Premier League run to seven matches and in the process inflicted a first defeat of the 2023-24 campaign on the Gunners.

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However, Mikel Arteta’s side didn’t take their defeat gracefully after they were left raging at the decision to allow the goal to stand.

Newcastle United co-owner Jamie Reuben.  (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus via Getty Images))Newcastle United co-owner Jamie Reuben.  (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus via Getty Images))
Newcastle United co-owner Jamie Reuben. (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus via Getty Images)) | Getty Images

In a lengthy VAR check, those at Stockley Park made three different checks, the first to see if Joe Willock had kept the ball in play during the build up, the second for a possible foul by Joelinton on Gabriel and the third to see if Gordon was offside.

The review went on for five minutes before the goal officially counted. Gunners boss Mikel Artera branded the decision as an “absolute disgrace” and “embarrassing”, while Piers Morgan also ranted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

And co-owner Jamie Reuben couldn’t resist a reply, although admitted his view may be slightly biased.

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He said: “I think we saw the ball not go out, someone onside and Gabriel going down way to easy but again I would say that...” Morgan replied: “Haha yes you would”.

Reflecting on the result, Reuben added: “What a performance @NUFC , such commitment and tenacity from our team - matched by our incredible supporters at our fortress. So proud.”

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