Alan Shearer was at St James Park for the first time this season to watch Newcastle v Arsenal.

The game spoilt as a proper contest when Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off in the sixteenth minute.

The only goal came in the 52nd minute when Tim Krul beat away yet another shot, only for Fabricio Coloccini to unluckily deflect the follow up into his own net.

The Newcastle team battled all game but were up against it as Arsenal moved the ball about well.

After the game Alan Shearer said that it was impossible to judge Newcastle as a team with them playing for all but 16 minutes with 10 men.

However, he also said that he did like the spirit and commitment that was shown by the players today.

As for the visitors, they had loads of the ball but were largely clueless when it came to the final ball/decision, unwilling to put the ball in the box most of the time.

Shearer believing that it is obvious what the Gunners do need – a top class striker.

Alan Shearer on Twitter:

“Hard to judge NUFC today with 10 men, but like their spirit & commitment. Not hard to judge Arsenal. They need a top class centre forward.”

As for the 16th minute sending off, Alan Shearer said he didn’t change his mind from when he saw it in the flesh, to when he had the benefit of a replay.

The NUFC legend saying that he had no complaints with the red card, with Mitrovic going ‘over the top’.

Alan Shearer:

“Thought it was a red on first look. Seen the replay and can’t complain. Was over the top.”