a clash between two unlikely suitors

Arsenal (1st) and Newcastle (3rd) face each other at the Emirates Stadium this Tuesday at 20:45. A clash between two Premier League teams who have long battled for the top spots in the league in recent years.

At the start of the season, few punters would have bet on Premier League leaders Arsenal, let alone imagine Newcastle third in the table at this stage of the season. Still, these two teams are giving Manchester City a hard time in the title race. With Liverpool in poor form in 6th place, the Gunners and Magpies have chances for the title. Rivals this Tuesday at 20:45, these two teams stand out as two of the most attractive teams today, although they have long struggled.

Arsenal are on the hunt for a long-term renewal

In recent years, “Arsenal” has eaten its black bread. Wenger’s departure in 2018 marked the end of an era after 22 years at the helm of the team, which included a league title in 2004 and a Champions League final loss to Barça in 2006. But the power of magic was running out. The leaders then decided to start a new era to bring the club back to the top. It was Unai Emery who took the helm of the team for the first time in 2018. Under his command, the Gunners played in the final of the Europa League, but the technician could not return Arsenal to the top of the Premier League.

Arteta’s hard work is finally paying off

To achieve this, the leaders are betting on former member of the house Mikel Arteta. The first months are difficult, the approval of more promising startups is slow. Arteta, who is close to the exit that many supporters are fighting for, is confirmed in his functions and takes the 5th place, which is synonymous with the Europa League. The following transfer window is crucial to maintain this momentum, an opportunity to see nationals Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko land. After a good season on loan at Marseille, William Saliba returns to London and finally gets a chance. Arteta will have no regrets.

The Gunners are off to a great start in the Premier League with five straight wins. Despite the first defeat against Manchester United, Arsenal did not back down and resumed their good run in the league. Apart from the draw with Southampton, Arteta’s team have won all their matches. Thanks to the good game shown, “Arsenal” is the leader in the tournament table with 43 points. Led by Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka, who scored in the last match against Brighton (2-4), the Gunners regained their dominance for the first time since the great Wenger years.

Newcastle is amazing

Newcastle are currently in 3rd place, just two points behind second-placed Manchester City. Hardly anyone could have foreseen such a scenario last season. It seems a long time now that Steve Bruce was at the helm of the club, taking the club straight into the English second division. It happened last season, but one incident, or rather two, turned the Magpies’ fortunes upside down.

In October, Newcastle is the 19th and is being bought by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. Steve Bruce was soon fired. He is replaced by Eddie Howe. First, the technical selection went through the questions of Burnley and Bournemouth. Given the owners’ considerable financial resources and urgent need for results, Howe did not necessarily represent the right profile in the supporters’ imaginations. But time will prove the leaders right.

Bruno Guimaraes, Kierran Trippier and Chris Wood, who were recruited in the previous winter transfer window, bring added value to the workforce. As a result of the competition, Howe’s Newcastle finished the season 11th and can have high hopes for the future.

An unlikely title fight

Newcastle have suffered just one defeat this season, against Liverpool in August. Since then, the Magpies have won four and drawn eight. An impressive record for a maintenance team not long ago. With complete certainty, Howe’s men move to London.

“They are a very good team. They have trained very well. I think what Eddie has done in such a short time, you look at the numbers, it is incredible (…) We are looking forward to being there,” praised Mikel Arteta.

For his part, the Magpies do not want to put pressure on their technical players and want them to weigh their chances of appearing so high in the rankings: “The players should not be afraid to get caught up in expectations or any emotions. They should enjoy where we are as long as we stay together and give everything to continue to produce consistent results. and enjoy every second of it.”

Led by the excellent Almiro, who has scored nine league goals, Newcastle have the ability to confirm Champions League and even title contention. Although the Gunners can come close to the dream of winning the championship, the last of which was in 2004.

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