Arsenal held by Newcastle in fiery draw between top-end rivals
Arsenal and Newcastle will both rue wasted chances from a surprise top-four battle at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
The first-place Gunners could’ve put the third-place Magpies away with a home win on Tuesday but ran into a team prepared to counter and produce danger in London.
The Magpies, however, failed to convert the game’s biggest chances and had to settle for a point that stretches their Premier League unbeaten streak to 13 matches. The Gunners’ five-match winning streak ends but their unbeaten league run hits 11.
Arsenal remains atop the Premier League with an eight-point lead over Man City and a nine-point advantage on Newcastle. Arsenal’s played one more game than City and one fewer game than the Magpies.
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Cagey Newcastle shows new dimension in frustrating Gunners
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.
Arsenal 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 and the xG scrap went 1.18-1.08 in favor of the hosts.
Mikel Arteta, Eddie Howe mix it up as former shows pressure
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.
Stars of the Show
Arsenal’s next match is a North London derby at Tottenham on January 15, 2.5 hours after Newcastle hosts Fulham.
How to watch Arsenal vs Newcastle live, stream link and start time
Kick off: 3pm ET, FridayTV Channel: USA NetworkOnline: Stream via NBCSports.com
Arsenal vs Newcastle live: Key storylines & star players
Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard have been two of the players of the season in the Premier League, and both will be tested by Newcastle’s best in goal (Nick Pope), center back (Sven Botman), and midfield (Bruno Guimares). Arsenal, meanwhile, has plenty of strength in every position as well.
When Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba are both in-form at center back, the Gunners feel nearly impenetrable. They didn’t look that way in a 4-2 win over Brighton, so let’s see how things shake out in North London.
Arsenal team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: Reiss Nelson (thigh), Emile Smith Rowe (groin), Gabriel Jesus (knee)
Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: Jonjo Shelvey (lower leg), Alexander Isak (lower leg), Matt Targett (heel), Emil Krafth (ACL), Paul Dummett (calf)