Arsenal beat Newcastle, Manchester United faced Bournemouth
This Tuesday was the 19th day of the Premier League and leaders Arsenal took on third placed Newcastle. A shock at the top where the Gunners could temporarily take a 10-point lead over second-placed Manchester City. The Toons had the opportunity to climb into second place and move back within six points of their evening rivals. Different perspectives, but both are ambitious. At home at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal opted for a 4-3-3 with an attacking trio of Saka, Nketiah and Martinelli. For their part, Newcastle also expressed in midfield, especially in a 4-3-3 with Longstaff, Guimarães and Willock. It started strong under the pressure of the gunners. Arsenal, spurred on by Gabriel Martinelli, put together a great collective move that was finished off by Martin Odegaard, but his shot went wide of the frame (3rd). A few minutes later, Granit Xhaka scored and found the small net (7th). However, there was a gradual decline in the pace of this match. If Arsenal dominated his theme, Newcastle held firm and managed to gently clear the danger off the surface.
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Apart from Gabriel’s header at the end of the first half (35th minute), nothing more significant happened and the two teams returned to the locker room with a goalless tie. Aaron Ramsdale came close to a big scare in the second half, but Granit Xhaka made a dull save to save him (49th). Bringing intensity and rhythm to their game, Arsenal cut their teeth on a very well organized Magpies. In a tight corner from the right, Gabriel Martinelli got his head back near the end of the game, but the ball went wide on the left (80′). However, Newcastle capitalized on a few scraps and Dan Burn’s header left a few cold sweats in the London ranks (82nd). Eddie Nketiah thought he could beat Nick Pope with a great sequence on the left of the opposition zone, but the keeper was flawless (87th). Arsenal, who tried until the end, could never find a solution against Newcastle, who were satisfied with their good point. Although the Gunners are eight points ahead of Manchester City, they remain in the lead with one game to play. Toons remain third.
Manchester United continues
In parallel with this shock of the Big Four, Manchester United (4th) wanted to use Bournemouth’s reception to strengthen their position in the Champions League qualification places. Having won three consecutive victories, “Red Devils” therefore wanted to confirm against “Cherry”. Anthony Martial brought the threat with a header (11th), then Christian Eriksen’s free-kick found Casemiro and his rebound went into the net (1-0, 23). Erik ten Haag’s team maintained their dominance and made a consistent first move and then came back from the dressing room in style. Alejandro Garnacho found Luke Shaw on a double (2-0, 49). Despite an exciting strike from Jaidon Anthony (59), Bournemouth’s response didn’t really materialize in this match. Conversely, Manchester United were pushed as the bullpen Alejandro Garnacho offered himself two great opportunities (78th and 82nd), before Marcus Rashford headed home with a good service from Bruno Fernandes (3-0, 86th). Manchester United remain fourth with this 3-0 win, but are one point behind Newcastle (1 game up on the Magpies) and Manchester City (1 game up on the Sky Blues). The Red Devils are five points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham.
At the same time, two more meetings took place, firstly, Fulham (8th) faced Leicester (13th). The London suburbs soon found fault through star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic (17th), who found the net for the eleventh time in the league. Leicester were trying to come back and Fulham were holding out. The Cottagers are a very good seventh. Then Brighton (10th) moved on the turf of a struggling Everton team (16th) and did not fail. Japan international Kaoru Mitoma (14th) started the debate before Evan Ferguson (51st) and Sully March (54th) chased the Toffees back from the dressing room. German Pascal Gross also went there with his own goal (57th). Demarai Gray’s penalty late in the game (90 +2) allowed Everton to limit this offense. With this 4:1 victory, “Brighton” defeated “Everton” and climbed to the eighth place.
Games of the evening:
Arsenal 0:0 Newcastle
Everton 1-4 Brighton : Demarai Gray for Everton (90th +2, sp); Kaoru Mitoma (14), Evan Ferguson (51), Sully March (54) and Pascal Gross (57) for the Seagulls
Leicester 0-1 Fulham : Aleksandar Mitrovic for the Cottagers (17th).
Manchester United 3-0 Bournemouth: Casemiro (23rd), Luke Shaw (49th) and Marcus Rashford (86th) for the Red Devils