Arsenal – Newcastle United: Gunners Halted By Resilient Newcastle (0-0)
Arsenal started brightly against Newcastle’s high pressing but once the away side got settled into deeper defending, the game became quite scrappy and the quality of possession phases decreased. This continued into the second half where Arsenal carried on dominating the ball but were unable to find a way through a resilient Newcastle side who left with a draw.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Arsenal’s outstanding first half of the season continued away at Brighton over the weekend as Mikel Arteta’s side earned a 4-2 victory which put them seven points clear at the top of the Premier League. Arsenal once again lined up in their 4-2-3-1 shape for this match, with Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhães, and Oleksandr Zinchenko at the back, while Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka were in central midfield. Martin Ødegaard was in the number ten role ahead of a front three of Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, and Gabriel Martinelli.
Newcastle United have also enjoyed an impressive season so far, having only lost one game in all competitions. Eddie Howe lined his side up in a 4-3-3 formation here, with Kieran Trippier, Fabian Schär, Sven Botman and Dan Burn making up the defense. Bruno Guimarães was flanked by Sean Longstaff and Joe Willock in midfield, while the front three consisted of Miguel Almirón, Callum Wilson, and Joelinton.
Arsenal’s bright start . . .