batampos – Arsenal must share one point with Newcastle United after a goalless draw in Week 19 of the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium, London, Wednesday morning WIB.
Arsenal dominated the game and had 17 attempts with four of them on target. Meanwhile, Newcastle were only able to create eight chances and only scored one goal
This result does not change the position of the two clubs in the league standings. Arsenal are still firmly at the top of the standings with a score of 44 points. The Gunners are eight points ahead of Manchester City who are in second place
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Newcastle has not moved from third place with 35 points, one point behind Manchester City and one point ahead of Manchester United who have the same points.
Playing in front of their own supporters, Arsenal appeared to press early in the game. They created a chance after just four minutes when Martin Odegaard tried to threaten when he converted a loose ball, but his effort failed.
A minute later, Arsenal got a golden opportunity from Bukayo Saka’s action and kick. However, this time Nick Pope remained brilliant in stemming the effort.
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Arsenal still dominated, but the defensive discipline of Newcastle managed to break a number of attacks by the home team.
The Gunners had another chance in the 35th minute. Odegaard’s free kick was headed wide by Gabriel but his effort went wide of Pope’s goal
The match lasted tough and hard before the first half ended goalless.
Newcastle almost stole a goal in the last minute of the first half. Kieran Trippier’s corner was headed by Fabian Schar. The ball headed for Joelington in front of goal, but his header was still off the mark
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After the break, Arsenal still controlled the game. However, Newcastle defended well. In the 56th minute, Odegaard tried again, but his effort also failed to produce results because the ball went overboard.
Arsenal threatened again in the 79th minute. It was Gabriel Martinelli’s turn to have a chance with his header, but the direction of the ball was still wide.
Eddie Nketiah got a golden opportunity in the 86th minute. However, Pope brilliantly blocked Nketiah’s shot with his feet before ending the game scoreless.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was furious that Arsenal did not get a penalty in this game. Moreover, in two moments. First when Dan Burn from Newcastle tugged on Gabriel’s shirt in the second half.
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Then a possible handball by Newcastle midfielder Jacob Murphy in second-half injury time. Referee Andy Madley ignored the Arsenal players’ protests
“We lost sharpness in the final third. We couldn’t find any momentum in making extra passes. Our finishing quality is also rather poor. We have to have good finishing qualities, especially in the penalty box,” Arteta said as quoted by the London Evening Standard
“Apart from that, there were two moments that should have resulted in a penalty for us. It’s a scandal. These two incidents should have resulted in a penalty for us.” (*)