Arsenal were hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table to 10 points but found themselves drawn into an attritional and dogged encounter by a Newcastle Untied side with top four ambitions of their own. Chances were at a premium and Newcastle's Joelinton arguably wasted the best of all when he headed wide with the goal at his mercy in first-half stoppage time
.Arsenal went close through defender Gabriel and forward Gabriel Martinelli, who both sent headers narrowly off target, while Newcastle keeper Nick Pope made a crucial late save with his legs from Eddie Nketiah.
The Gunners also appeared to have a clear penalty claim rejected when Gabriel was hauled back by Dan Burn. The game descended into a scrappy affair with seven yellow cards and the deadlock remained unbroken, with Arsenal's lead now eight points despite being held at home. The Magpies let Arsenal have the ball but their counterattacking ways are a lot more dangerous now that Bruno Guimares and Kieran Trippier are part of the squad.
That means that the counterattacking is no longer just staying tight and waiting for a chance, rather it’s ceding possession but always being in a position to turn it the other way.senal knew that and handled it well for the most part. In fact, it looked like the Gunners could control the match following a very dangerous first 10 minutes.
But Newcastle produced most of the dangerous chances against the hosts .Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta clearly knows he’s in a title fight, and it’s fraying him a little bit. The Gunners man was ready to scrap on the touch line as he felt the officials weren’t giving Arsenal the right calls, and Howe reached a boiling point late in the game.
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