Gervinho's red card on debut added to Arsenal woes in a lackluster 0-0 draw with host Newcastle in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Gervinho was dismissed for slapping Joey Barton, who accused the Gunners forward of diving inside Newcastle's penalty area.

Arsenal struggled to make any headway against the defense of Newcastle, even though the home side hardly looked like winning either.

Visiting fans ended up chanting at Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, ''Spend some money.''

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor stood out in defense, and goalkeeper Tim Krul needed to make few threatening saves.