Newcastle Arsenal and Manchester United stand at the foot of the podium

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London (AFP) – Despite a lot of activity and a lot of determination, Arsenal was checked by Newcastle (0-0) on the 19th day of the Premier League on Tuesday, while the winner of Bournemouth (3-0) is at the foot of Manchester United. from the podium.

. Gunners hit the gaps

Although they have the opportunity to fly away from Manchester City, who visit Chelsea on Thursday, Arsenal faced a very solid Newcastle defensively.

The Londoners, who have collected 44 points in 17 matches, are eight points ahead of the current champions, who have a game in hand, and nine points ahead of the third-placed Magpies with one game to play.

In a tumultuous encounter with nine cautions, Mikel Arteta’s men tried hard despite often being side-by-side on the touchline. Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli regularly invited themselves into the opponent’s field by being on the ball on the wings.

But truly dangerous moves remained rare, with a floating header from Gabriel that Nick Pope was delighted to see just wide of the left-hand post (34th), a cross and a corner from Martinelli (79th).

And the substitute goalkeeper was decisive in the selection when he pushed back Eddie Nketiah with his foot three minutes from the end of regular time.

Newcastle’s goalkeeper Nick Pope makes a save during the Premier League match against Arsenal on January 3, 2023. © Ben Stansall / AFP

In attack, Newcastle will be very composed, especially threatening in certain parts, such as this corner in extra time in the first period, which Joelinton at the far post could have converted.

Both sides are on unbeaten runs of 13 for Newcastle and 11 for Arsenal, and the Magpies became the first side to keep a clean sheet against Arsenal in the league since last May in their second game of last season.

With another trip to Tottenham before the end of January and hosting Manchester United, Arsenal will need to do better against the other Championship contenders if they are to continue their run at the top.

. “Manchester United” is getting closer and closer

A draw at the Emirates did the job for the Red Devils, who were fairly easy winners over promoted Bournemouth (3-0) and thus moved back level with Newcastle (35 points) but on a worse goal difference.

They were duly sent off by Casemiro, taking a Christian Eriksen (1-0, 23rd) free-kick, before Luke Shaw (2-0, 49th) and Marcus Rashford (3-0, 86th) added to their tally. success.

During a Premier League match at Old Trafford on 3 January 2023
Manchester United’s forward Marcus Rashford (centre), defender Luke Shaw (right) and Bournemouth’s midfielder Siriki Dembele (left) during the Premier League match at Old Trafford on January 3, 2023. © Lindsey Parnaby / AFP

The bad news of the evening was Donny van de Beek’s injury before half-time, adding to a still very poor performance from owner Anthony Martial, who was substituted 20 minutes from time.

The Dutchman, who started in the league only for the second time in 19 months, was hit on the knee and left the field in tears.

. Lampard and Rodgers under pressure

In the evening’s other matches, Frank Lampard and Brendan Rodgers, who were under pressure after the defeats at home to “Everton” and “Leicester”, did not improve.

Having already trailed at half-time thanks to a goal by Kaoru Mitoman (0-1, 14), the Confectioners completely collapsed against Brighton with three goals conceded by Evan Ferguson, Solly March and Solly March between the 51st and 57th minutes early in the second half. Pascal Gross.

Demarai Gray’s penalty at the very end of the match (1-4, 90+2) is very little consolation for another Liverpool club in 16th place in the standings, just three lengths ahead of Red Lantern. Southampton.

In the Leicester side, an inevitable Aleksandar Mitrovic (0-1, 7) goal made the difference for Fulham, despite a good second-half response from the Foxes, symbolized by Youri Tielemans’ strike over the bar at the end. match..

Rodgers, 13th with 17 points and 3 points from the red zone, knows his situation remains very precarious.

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