(Arsenal) of his threat with a scintillating – yard run down the left. Eventually he beats Bellerin and slides the ball right across the six-yard area. He should have gone for goal as he had nobody in support.
min Pepe’s free-kick is tipped over acrobatically by Dubravka – an eyecatching but relatively straightforward. The corner brings a chance for Mustafi, whose shot is headed off the line by Joelinton.
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Yes, I’d agree with that (though for a month or so in the spring of I thought you were going to win the league). It’s just that I suspect many people think Arsenal never recovered from selling Vieira and then Henry, and forget how good that (-) team was before the Birmingham match derailed them .
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(just) clears the crossbar.
Arsenal have been so much better in the last (minutes.)
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(min This is a better spell for Arsenal , who have started to pass the ball to each other with something resembling regularity.
(min) Saint-Maximin beats Ceballos with ease on the left of the area and cuts the ball back for Joelinton, who shoots just wide at the near post. The ball was slightly behind him, otherwise I think he’d have scored.
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(min) Leno makes a good save. Newcastle tried the old Beckham / Scholes corner, with Lazaro driving it to the edge of the D for Longstaff to volley. He didn’t get hold of it but it took a big deflection, forcing Leno to scramble across his line and push it behind for a corner.
A good break from Newcastle. Joelinton runs at Mustafi down the left and hammers a cross that is controlled by Lazaro beyond the far post. He dances between two defenders and is about to shoot when Aubameyang stabs the ball behind for a corner.
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3 min Bellerin wins an early corner for
Arsenal . It’s curled in by Pepe and volleyed clear at the near post.
It’s a beautiful afternoon in north London. Little brisk.
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Patrick van IJzendoorn, says “at least Portadown managed to score.”
My favorite part of this clubt is the windmill celebration. Yep, you the man.
“All to play for,” says Bill Hargreaves. “Love the match program cover with a vintage photo of Lee Dixon and Paul Gascoigne, back in the days when you didn’t want too much starch in your shorts, or hair. Play up, play up! ”
Eddie Nketiah makes his full Premier League debut for Arsenal, while Dani Ceballos plays in the league for the first time since the start of November. The wing-backs Danny Rose and Valentino Lazaro make their first starts since moving to Newcastle on loan.
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Arsenal are threatening to make progress under Mikel Arteta, even though results have been mediocre. While they are a medium-term project, Newcastle’s limitations – and a grotesque injury list – have given them little choice but to live hand to mouth all season. They have done it brilliantly, even if results have sometimes been better than performances.
This may be a mid-table clash, but that doesn’t make it meaningless. The table is very tight this season, the top three aside, and both teams could still be dragged into a relegation battle. More to the point, they could still challenge for the all-new Fifth Place Trophy. A win for either side today would move them within five points of Sheffield United and a possible Champions League place.