Friday, January 28

Good Martin Ødegaard back at the Arsenal party

(Arsenal-Newcastle 2-0) For the first time in 40 days, Martin Ødegaard got the chance from the start and made 90 good minutes. Newcastle still have zero wins in 13 games after Arsenal’s fifth win in the last six. The London club signs up for the top match.

1-0: Bukayo Saka punched a hole in the boil against Newcastle and celebrated the goal with Martin Ødegaard and Nuno Tavares.

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Eddie Howe was finally in place after corona disease. But the new Newcastle manager could not prevent Arsenal’s eighth straight victory over the club from the north. It is now 188 days since the bottom team’s last victory in the Premier League.

– We have a tough program now and have to rotate, Mikel Arteta explained in a TV 2-shown interview before the start of the match. The Arsenal manager gave Ødegaard the chance to start for the first time since 18 October. Thus, Alexandre Lacazette ended up on the bench after the 4-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield last weekend.

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Martin Ødegaard quickly found himself in the 10’s role behind striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsenal opened the match with over 80 percent ball possession against Newcastle who fielded their new owners from Saudi Arabia in the Emirates stands.

After 18 minutes, the Norwegian got a free kick from an excellent position 20 meters from the Newcastle goal. Martin Dubrawka had to go all out, but the Slovakia goalkeeper got both hands on the attempt from Drammen’s left foot. Ødegaard is listed with one Premier League goal this season. It was just put on a free kick against Burnley in September.

BACK: Martin Ødegaard did a great job against Newcastle’s Joe Willock and Matt Ritchie at the Emirates.

10 minutes later Aaron Ramsdale had to come forward with his very best save at the opposite end. The Arsenal goalkeeper delivered an impressive one-handed save on a very good try from a fiery Jonjo Shelvey.

Emile Smith-Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got an insane double chance towards the break after superb preparation by Bukayo Saka. But Arsenal failed to get the ball in goal against the bottom team.

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After 55 minutes and 13 finishes, the home team finally succeeded. Saka set up the attack and was assisted by Smith-Rowe and Nuno Tavares on their way to the Newcastle goal.

Tavares served Saka a silky smooth throughput. The 20-year-old made no mistake from an angle alone with Dubrawka. Right after, Saka had to leave with an injury.

But the Arsenal party continued.

2-0: Gabriel Martinelli celebrates the 2-0 score. Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubrawka is in despair.

Substitute Gabriel Martinelli stormed through the Newcastle defense on a pass from right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu. The 20-year-old brass fled the ball beautifully into goal. Newcastle had just before called for a penalty, but referee Stuart Attwell just waved the game on.

Towards the end, Alexandre Lacazette also came on the field, but the Frenchman had to settle for a shot in the net wall. Newcastle tried to fight their way back into the match, but Arsenal controlled the points.

In the next Premier League match, Manchester United are waiting for Old Trafford next Thursday.

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