Arsenal loses their composure as Newcastle presents the team’s credentials for the crown for the first time:
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1. Arsenal falters in the first real test of its title defense.
As Newcastle demonstrated their talents by holding the Premier League leaders to a hard-fought 0-0 draw, Arsenal dropped points at the Emirates for the first time this season. It was a performance that raised more questions than it did answers about Arsenal’s chances of winning the title for the first time in 19 years, even though the outcome was a significant boost for Newcastle and will increase confidence that they can finish in the top four this season Mikel Arteta’s team is still in first place, but Manchester City may cut their lead to five points if they defeat Chelsea on Thursday. Despite having 67% of the ball and creating 17 opportunities, Arsenal failed to defeat Newcastle on the night. Arsenal had a lot of talent on the field, but they had no idea how to use it, and their inexperience was evident in this game And that will bother Arteta, who is aware that his team faces difficult obstacles in the future. They need to find more answers than only relying on wingers Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli to make the difference every time since they will face opponents that attempt to frustrate them and load their defense with eight or nine players behind the ball Arsenal will need to develop a Plan B to win games if they are to capture the title with two games remaining against reigning champions City and hotly favored Manchester United scheduled for the Emirates on January 22. Although they are still in control, the five months until the end of the season will be demanding
2. Arteta’s anger isn’t benefiting his team.
To help Arsenal win their first Premier League championship since 2004 this season, Arteta must control his emotions on the sidelines. He has done an outstanding job in his three years as manager. The Gunners manager is excessively passionate in his technical area, and during this game, his irritation permeated to his players. As a result, they lost their composure for a stretch of the game and received three bookings in quick succession in the first half Every coach must do a delicate balancing act during a game. Arteta had to motivate and lead his team for the full 90 minutes, but he occasionally gave in to his rage at the referees and Newcastle’s style of play. At the side of the field, Arteta occasionally resembled both Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, had some of his usual antics, and Mourinho had some of his more ominous, growling touches as well Arteta’s actions not only give a bad impression to his players but also to the referees when he is in their faces, as he did with the fourth official in the first half and again in stoppage time of the second half when his team was pleading for a penalty. On and off the field, Arteta has restored some much-needed enthusiasm to Arsenal. However, he must now learn to control his passion and temper it with composure.
3. Newcastle truly belongs among the top four teams.
Before Howe significantly turned around their fortunes and guided the squad away from relegation danger, Newcastle was second-bottom of the Premier League and facing the genuine potential of becoming the richest club in the Championship. In the second half of this season, the Magpies will face a new challenge: finishing in the top four to earn a spot in the Champions League And the truth is that they truly have a chance to qualify for the Champions League again after losing to Partizan Belgrade in the third qualifying round in 2003–04.Newcastle’s performance this year is no accident. Howe has greatly strengthened the team He has made Miguel Almiron and Joelinton into important first-team players at a time when many questioned if they were even capable of playing in the Premier League. He is stable and organized.
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Newcastle was tenacious and determined against Arsenal, but they were also unfazed by the task of facing the league-leading team, who had won seven of their previous seven home games in the Premier League. Kieran Trippier and Bruno Guimaraes are just two of the tremendously wise acquisitions Howe has made while at St. James’ Park, and there may be more in the January transfer window Although Newcastle is unlikely to have the depth and talent necessary to win the league this year, they have a good chance of finishing in the top four, especially with teams like Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Chelsea finding it difficult to compete.
Aaron Ramsdale is a six; Ben White is a seven; Gabriel is a six; William Saliba is a five; Oleksandr Zinchenko is seven; Thomas Partey is six; Granit Xhaka is six; Martin Odegaard is seven; Bukayo Saka is seven; Eddie Nketiah is six; Gabriel Martinelli is six; substitute: Takehiro Tomiyasu is six. Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier, Sven Botman, Fabian Schar, Dan Burn, Sean Longstaff, Bruno Guimaraes, Joelinton, Joe Willock, Callum Wilson, Miguel Almiron, all of Newcastle scored eight goals. Substitutions: Allan Saint-Maximin 6, Chris Wood 6, and Jacob Murphy 6.
One of the smartest players to ever play for Brazil, Tostao, was Pele’s strike partner in the 1970 World Cup. They initially lined up together in 1966 as Brazil started their World Cup preparations not far from Tostao’s village. When he presented his father to Pele, he was shocked to see him start crying. Many years later, Tostao, still in awe, informed me, “It was as if he was meeting his god.” Therefore, the notion that Pele could be compared to a religious icon is not new. The title “Pele has died, if Pele can die” appeared over the entire front cover of Friday’s Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper. The image featured the man wearing Santos’ No. 10 jersey. The motif persisted inside the page with the following statement: “Pele does not age or die, unlike the Gods of Olympus. He will always be remembered as the Brazilian who used football to inspire hope in people around the world.
Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal: Home team frustrated by opponents’ tenacious defense and sneaky tactics
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Even though there weren’t many goals, the Premier League’s best match of 2023 so far produced plenty of drama and tension at the Emirates Stadium. Although Newcastle’s extraordinary turnaround from relegation candidates to Champions League contenders in the space of a year continues to pick up speed, Arsenal will feel they have demonstrated why they deserve to be viewed as serious title challengers Mikel Arteta was furious following Tuesday’s goalless draw with Newcastle United because he believed Arsenal should have been awarded “two disgraceful penalties.” While Dan Burn went unpunished despite seeming to pull down Gabriel in the box, the Gunners’ head coach believed Joe Willock handled the ball from Granit Xhaka’s cross. After the game, he said to Sky Sports: “I’m incredibly proud of my players.
The way we played, how we controlled the game and sought to continue to do so. In the last third, we required that spark. There were numerous situations. We also received two outrageous penalties ” Two sanctions were applied. It is extremely easy. I’m describing what I’ve observed. Two outrageous penalties were imposed. I’m quite pleased with the work we did.” In this game, I believe we were short of a finishing touch or extra movement. Newcastle desired this configuration. They don’t play that manner, at all. No one else has been set up in this way by them. When you can’t win, you can’t lose, and we played incredibly well and kept the score clean. Now let’s continue. We drew the game, which is why I wanted to win. We should have improved in the final third, and we ought to have been awarded two penalties to secure the victory.” Gary Neville disagreed with Arteta on the Xhaka and Willock penalty incident, but thought Burn ought to have received a penalty for his challenge on Gabriel “Mikel Arteta would have been furious if he had given up a penalty like this and lost a football game. That is not a punishment. Never a million years in a row,” he said. He continued, “That one he’s got a right to be unhappy with, the Burn challenge. The issue here is that Howard Webb’s VAR officials have been instructed to avoid getting involved unless absolutely necessary if it involves a mild touch.
As a result, Arsenal now leads Manchester City by eight points. If City wins at Chelsea on Thursday, the deficit would shrink to five points.
Newcastle is still in third place, but it is only by virtue of goal differential that they are ahead of Manchester United after the Red Devils thrashed Bournemouth 3-0 at Old Trafford. On Monday, January 9, Arsenal returns to action as they take on Oxford in the FA Cup third round. Two days earlier, they travel to Sheffield Wednesday in the same competition.
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The perfect start to a stretch of games that will see Premier League leaders Arsenal play Tottenham and Manchester United before the end of January, Arsenal has an opportunity to pull 10 points clear at the top when they take on Newcastle on Tuesday. But they’ll probably have a tough test against another unexpected side close to the summit. Newcastle is third in the standings and has not lost in the Premier League since August. Arsenal are only somewhat behind Eddie Howe’s team in the Premier League when it comes to defense. The Gunners are crucially scoring a lot as well, but will that be enough to give them what would be a crucial three points? What you need to know and how to watch the game are listed below:
Arsenal: North London will never forget last season’s terrible outcome at St. James’ Park, where a 2-0 loss cost Mikel Arteta’s team any realistic hope of qualifying for the Champions League. This is especially true considering the joyousness with which Newcastle celebrated their spoiler role Nevertheless, Arsenal has evolved since then, especially in defense, where Oleksandr Zinchenko’s arrival has given a level of stability and protection from the counterattack that his new team could have used in May. Despite his difficulties after returning from the World Cup, William Saliba has added authority to the defense.
Newcastle: Howe’s opponents appear to have lined up only to defend against the Magpies in the 0-0 draw with Leeds on New Year’s Eve, one of the first games this season where his opponents have done so. The Magpies were treated with the deference typically reserved for a “Big Six” team. At the Emirates, it might become apparent if they are deserving of such esteemed company. We’ll learn a lot, Howe predicted. “It should be an interesting, challenging game that serves as a decent gauge of how far we’ve come. They were, in my opinion, already progressing last season, but Arsenal has since been expanding. This year, I’ve seen a lot of them and have been quite impressed.”
Two strong teams will have a difficult time competing, but Arsenal may just have just enough outstanding play in the final third to win. Pick: Newcastle 1, Arsenal 2.
For the first time in my ten years of making NFL predictions for CBS Sports, I don’t think my head was entirely in it this week. Making picks was the last thing on my mind after witnessing what happened in the Bills-Bengals game, even though I normally finish this column on Monday night It was painful to watch what occurred to Damar Hamlin, and it serves as a reminder that NFL players put their health at risk with every ball snap. Over the years, we’ve witnessed some severe injuries, but none have compared to the one sustained by the Bills safety, who actually experienced cardiac arrest while still on the field after receiving a shoulder to the chest. This emotional experience The Chiefs must win this game if they are to have any chance of securing the top overall seed in the AFC. The Raiders, on the other hand, have nothing to play for but pride, though I’m not sure how much dignity they still have after squandering another double-digit lead in Week 16. The Raiders have been the best club this season at squandering leads. The Raiders have really been the best club in NFL history at squandering leads. The Raiders have now lost FIVE games this season where they led by 10 points or more at halftime, an NFL record. This includes their defeat in Week 16. This inevitably means that I will be making a prediction.