Mikel Arteta fielded the same side that started against Brighton. But he was left frustrated as Arsenal dropped points against Newcastle.
This was the first time the Gunners failed to score this season and it also ended Arsenal’s 5 game winning streak.
It could have been so different if Captain Odegaard had scored with that volley early on in the game but he glazed the ball over the bar. İt was in a period we we were very much on top and creating some chances.
After that the game settled into a pattern which the visitors park the bus and played for a draw with so much time wasting and play acting. After the game it prompted Arteta saying: “I don’t think that Newcastle wanted to set up like this. This is not how they play.”
Although I personally think this was exactly the way Eddie Howe set his team up against an on form Arsenal side, denying space by sitting with 11 men behind the ball in a compact, well organised block. There probably was a hint of sarcasm in his comments.
Arsenal struggled to break down a dogged Newcastle side in the second half but ıt wasn’t for lack of trying. Saka tormented their defence and Partey had an impressive game. İt was evident that in a game like this a player of Jesus calibre might have made the difference.
I also feel that we should have been awarded at least one spot-kick in the second half. Match official Andrew Madley – who was very lenient with Newcastle’s time wasting and only recorded 5 minutes of injury time – waved play on when Burn pulled Gabriel’s shirt around his neck in their 18 yard box. How an earth and why it was not checked by VAR.
Arteta was left fuming at the officials post-match:
“There were two penalties. It’s very simple. I’m talking about what I’ve seen. It was two scandalous penalties. I’m so proud of the work we have done. Extremely proud of my players. The way we played, dominated the game, tried and continued to control the game. We needed that spark in the final third. We had so many situations. And when had two scandalous penalties” Arteta told Sky Sports.
He added: “When you cannot win you cannot lose and we kept a clean sheet and had a really good performance. Now we go again. I wanted to win the game and we drew it. We should have done some things better in the final third and we should have had two penalties to win the game.”
Gabriel Magalhaes tweeted a video of the incident:
“In my opinion that’s a stonewall penalty,” Fellow pundit Merson said. “His fist is clenched. That is a foul anywhere else on the pitch. We have seen bookings for less tonight“
Even Newcastle legend, Les Ferdinand agreed: “I don’t understand how that is not clear and obvious,” Ferdinand said. “It’s a clear cut penalty. He has got hold of his shirt. If players are bumping into each other, you can understand referees waving it on in the box. But if you’ve hold of somebody’s shirt and it’s as clear as day, it’s a penalty.”
We were robbed of a great opportunity to extend the gap to 10 points and will be hoping that Chelsea do us a favour against City on Thursday.