Arsenal Ease Past Newcastle United
Arsenal Control The Game
Mike Arteta’s Arsenal side controlled the game from the first kick of the ball. They dominated the possession and made nearly twice as many passes as Newcastle United managed. Despite controlling the game for so long, Martin Dubravka kept the Magpies in the game in the first half. The Slovakian goalkeeper was called in ahead of Karl Darlow and was showing why he deserved to start. However, with the amount of pressure Arsenal were putting on the Newcastle back-line, a goal was inevitable.
Bukayo Saka fired Arsenal ahead early in the second half. Smith Rowe and Nuno Tavares combined to play the young English forward through on goal and he fired it across the goal to beat Dubravka. The second goal came just ten minutes later. Gabriel Martinelli hadn’t even been on the pitch for a minute before scoring. Takehiro Tomiyasu’s cross found its way to Martinelli who scored with his first touch on the volley.
How Do Newcastle React?
The Magpies were outplayed by Arsenal and still sit bottom of the league. Their problems lie in their defence as they are one of the only sides in the league not to have kept a clean sheet this season.
It was Eddie Howe’s first game at the dugout as Newcastle manager. Although he agreed to join the club weeks ago, he wasn’t able to coach his team after testing positive for coronavirus. The English manager passed a late covid test and was allowed in the stadium to manage Newcastle but obviously hadn’t had any time to implement a game plan.
You’d expect Howe to make a few signings in the January transfer window in order for his side to climb out of the relegation zone. However, he has a serious task ahead of him and it won’t be easy for Newcastle.
What’s Next For Both Teams?
Both teams have big games coming up next. Arsenal will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on December 2nd. It will more than likely be Ralf Rangnick’s debut as Manchester United manager. Meanwhile, Newcastle will take on Norwich City in a huge clash at the bottom of the table. Both sides will be hungry to gain ground on their relegation rivals and it will be a very intense fixture.
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