Who is referee for Newcastle vs Arsenal? Chris Kavanagh's Premier League record and history of Gunners decisions
Who is referee for Newcastle vs Arsenal? Chris Kavanagh's Premier League record and history of Gunners decisions
Newcastle vs Arsenal referee: Who is Chris Kavanagh?

Arsenal head to Newcastle in the Premier League action on Sunday needing to win to keep alive their realistic Premier League title hopes.

Mikel Arteta's side have lost the title edge to Manchester City in recent weeks and they saw Pep Guardiola's side move four points clear by winning at home to Leeds United on Saturday.

Newcastle are closing in on a top four spot as Eddie Howe plans for Champions League football next season and held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw at Emirates Stadium in January.

Chris Kavanagh has been selected by the Premier League as the match referee at St. James' Park. Here are all the details on Kavanagh ahead of Newcastle vs Arsenal, including a look at his record this season and his history with the Gunners.

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Who is referee for Newcastle vs Arsenal?

Kavanagh will be the lead official in charge at St. James' Park, alongside assistants Nick West and Richard Greenhalgh, with Anthony Taylor set as the designated fourth official.

Michael Salisbury will be on VAR duty on Tyneside, with Scott Ledger as his assistant.

The decision to name Kavanagh as referee for this tie may cause some concern among Arsenal fans following his call to send off Eddie Nketiah in a 2020 Premier League clash with Leicester City.

He dismissed Nketiah shortly after the Arsenal striker,came on a substitute following a collision with James Justin, and Jamie Vardy subsequently scored a late equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Eddie Nketiah’s game by numbers vs. Leicester City:

4 minutes played
1 foul committed
1 red card
0 touches

Cameo. 🤦‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/s8WMd8ntlS

— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) July 7, 2020

Despite that moment of frustration, Kavanagh has been relatively quiet in his other games involving Arsenal, with the Manchester-born referee overturning a red card awarded against Gabriel Magalhaes earlier this season.

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Chris Kavanagh's record refereeing Newcastle and Arsenal

In total, Kavanagh has refereed 15 Premier League games involving Arsenal and 14 featuring Newcastle, but his only previous match involving both sides came in the 2020/21 FA Cup.

He cautioned Arsenal pair Cedric Soares and Emile Smith-Rowe as the Gunners won 2-0 in extra time thanks to goals from Smith-Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Chris Kavanagh refereeing Newcastle

Newcastle have won seven, drawn four and lost three of the games they have played when Kavanagh has been keeping order.

Match Date Competition Result Yellow Cards/Red Cards
Newcastle vs Watford Nov 25, 2017 Premier League Newcastle 0 Watford 3 1/0
Stoke City vs Newcastle Jan 1, 2018 Premier League Stoke City 0 Newcastle 1 1/0
Southampton vs Newcastle Oct 27, 2018 Premier League Southampton 0 Newcastle 0 1/0
Chelsea vs Newcastle Jan 12, 2019 Premier League Chelsea 2 Newcastle 1 1/0
West Ham vs Newcastle Mar 2, 2019 Premier League West Ham 2 Newcastle 0


Leicester City vs Newcastle Apr 12, 2019 Premier League Leicester City 0 Newcastle 1 3/0
Newcastle vs Manchester City Nov 30, 2019 Premier League Newcastle 2 Manchester City 2 1/0
Newcastle vs Chelsea Jan 18, 2020 Premier League Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0 1/0
Newcastle vs Aston Villa Jul 24, 2020 Premier League Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1 2/0
Fulham vs Newcastle  May 23, 2021 Premier League Fulham 0 Newcastle 2 0/0
Leeds United vs Newcastle Jan 22, 2022 Premier League Leeds United 0 Newcastle 1 2/0
West Ham vs Newcastle Feb 19, 2022 Premier League West Ham 1 Newcastle 1 3/0
Norwich City vs Newcastle Apr 23, 2022 Premier League Norwich City 0 Newcastle 3 2/0
Brentford vs Newcastle Apr 8, 2023 Premier League Brentford 1 Newcastle 2 2/0

Chris Kavanagh refereeing Arsenal

Arsenal have won eight, drawn two and lost five matches in which Kavanagh has been the referee.

Match Date Competition Result Yellow Cards/Red Cards
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Jan 20, 2018 Premier League Arsenal 4 Crystal Palace 1 0/0
Arsenal vs Leicester City Oct 22, 2018 Premier League Arsenal 3 Leicester City 1 2/0
Southampton vs Arsenal Dec 16, 2018 Premier League Southampton 3 Arsenal 2 1/0
Arsenal vs Bournemouth Feb 27, 2019 Premier League Arsenal 5 Bournemouth 0 2/0
Leicester City vs Arsenal Nov 9, 2019 Premier League Leicester City 2 Arsenal 0 1/0
Arsenal vs Manchester United Jan 1, 2020 Premier League Arsenal 2 Manchester United 0 2/0
Burnley vs Arsenal Feb 2, 2020 Premier League Burnley 0 Arsenal 0 3/0
Arsenal vs Leicester City Jul 7, 2020 Premier League Arsenal 1 Leicester City 1 1/1
Aston Villa vs Arsenal Jul 21, 2020 Premier League Aston Villa 1 Arsenal 0 4/0
Fulham vs Arsenal Sep 19, 2020 Premier League Fulham 0 Arsenal 3 2/0
Manchester City vs Arsenal Oct 17, 2020 Premier League Manchester City 1 Arsenal 0 1/0
Aston Villa vs Arsenal Feb 6, 2021 Premier League Aston Villa 1 Arsenal 0 2/0
Arsenal vs Leeds United May 5, 2022 Premier League Arsenal 2 Leeds United 1 20
Leeds United vs Arsenal Oct 16, 2023 Premier League Leeds United 0 Arsenal 1 2/0
Arsenal vs Bournemouth Mar 4, 2023 Premier League Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 2 0/0

What time is Newcastle vs Arsenal kick off?

This Premier League match kicks off at St. James' Park on Sunday, May 7 at 16:30 p.m. local time.

Here's how that time translates across some of the major territories:

  Date Kickoff time
USA Sun, May. 7 11:30 ET
Canada Sun, May. 7 11:30 ET
UK Sun, May. 7 16:30 BST
Australia Mon, May. 8 01:30 AEST
India Sun, May. 7 21:00 IST
Hong Kong Sun, May. 7 23:30 HKT
Malaysia Sun, May. 7 23:30 MYT
Singapore Sun, May. 7 23:30 SGT
New Zealand Mon, May. 8 03:30 NZST

Newcastle vs Arsenal live stream, TV channel

Here's how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territories:

  TV channel Streaming
USA USA Network, Telemundo Fubo, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Canada Fubo
UK Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League Sky GO
Australia Optus Sport
New Zealand Sky Sport Premier League Sky Sport NOW
India Star Sports Select 2 Hotstar VIP, JioTV
Hong Kong Now Premier League (Ch. 620), Now Premier League 1 (Ch. 621) Now E, Now Player
Malaysia Astro SuperSport 3 Astro Go, sooka
Singapore Hub Premier (Ch. 221-223) StarHub TV+

UK: This match will be broadcast live in the UK via Sky Sports' TV and streaming services.

USA: This match will be televised on NBC's USA Network (English) and Telemundo (Spanish) and those channels are also available to stream on Fubo.

Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via Fubo Canada.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport

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