Newcastle United have tried to contain a very good Arsenal side, but as Arsenal increased the pressure throughout the first half, Adebayor finally put the Londoners ahead, with a fine header from 6 yards out following a breakaway and cross from Fabregas.
Newcastle had N’Zogbia at left back and Rozehnal playing in front of the back four, and every time Arsenal got the ball the Newcastle players were getting behind the ball.
Newcastle played solidly and the defense were playing well with the back four all solid. Arsenal have had the most possession and have so far controlled the game.
After 26 minutes Shay Given had a narrow escape, when he back-heeled the ball for a corner, when he was under challenge from Adebayor, but the ball could so easily have been put in his own net.
Then after 30 minutes a wonderful interception from Stephen Carr saved the Geordies as Stephen cleared the ball for a corner on the penalty spot, with Arsenal players challenging.
Then a beautiful tackle by the Zog on Adebayor saved the day and N’Zogbia cleared the ball nicely. But as the half went on Arsenal were turning the screw with more and more possession, and the inevitable goal came after 40 minutes. And it was that man Adebayor yet again.
Following a breakaway, Fabregas scampered down the right wing, and then put in a beautiful cross which had Adebayor easily heading past Given with Carr challenging.
To be fair it was a deserved goal, but now lots of questions will be asked of Newcastle who have scored just a single goal in the last 495 minutes of Premier League football.
On attack Newcastle have had few chances, although they have almost broken the offside trap several times, and once Milner was at least level when he broke through and was flagged for off-side.
But the linesman never give it when it’s level â€“ and they had far better change the rule back to what it was.
It will be very difficult now for Newcastle to get anything out of this game.