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Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli take a comfortable win

Report and free highlights when Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli take seven wins for Arsenal from their last eight games in the Emirates; Newcastle remain at the bottom of the Premier League as Eddie Howe faces a difficult task to keep them up (Author: Gardener)

Bukayo SakaArsenal returned to form with a convincing 2-0 win over Newcastle, who have not won the Premier League this season. With Eddie Howe in the dugout for the first time since taking over after recovering from Covid-19, Newcastle fell behind when Bukayo Saka drilled home after 56 minutes. Saka hobbled away a few minutes later, but his replacement Gabriel Martinelli hit the field within 93 seconds and skillfully finished a long pass from Takehiro Tomiyasu. Arsenal have now won 18 of their last 19 games in all competitions with Newcastle. Howe has a big job as the Toon remain the only team without a Premier League win this season, while Mikel Arteta's team are now unbeaten in eight games in the Emirates in all competitions and have won seven. Callum Wilson failed to make the most of an early break at Newcastle and was still sidelined as Howe's men were happy to be in a compact defensive line-up. It was Arsenal's job to beat them and Martin Odegaard saw a well-struck free kick skilfully saved by Martin Dubravka as Arsenal began to take control mid-half. Jonjo Shelvey unleashed a stake to disrupt the Gunners' one-way traffic only to see Aaron Ramsdale brilliantly tip the ball on the crossbar. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was then responsible for one of the failures of the season. Saka's flank begged to be buried, but Emile Smith Rowe nodded in the center of the goal so Dubravka could parry. Newcastle reached half-time far happier with the game goalless but quickly saw dire prospects after the break. Arsenal increased intensity on the left and Nuno Tavares - who had a disappointing evening on Anfield - tossed a nice ball around the corner for Saka to hit the net. After Wilson dismissed a penalty appeal from Stuart Attwell, Martinelli reached for Tomiyasu's chipped pass into the right inner channel and delivered a first finish of real quality. Newcastle had no answers and remain firmly in relegation scrap. His job was to deal with the threat posed by Callum Wilson and he was up to the job of keeping the Newcastle striker calm by addressing him with great physicality. Wilson failed in the game on a single shot on goal. The axis of Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Gabriel continues to shine. In nine games together, they have conceded six goals and conceded only eight goals - four of them in one game at Liverpool. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: "In the first half we took the game where we wanted to but without being a real threat and understanding how to attack this [defensive] block. We were missing something in the final third Serenity, we could have played. " the last ball better, the shooting - I don't know how many times we shot without hitting the target. ”We changed a few things in the second half. Our rhythm, our goal was much better and we started to generate opportunities. We managed to score two goals and the game was obviously under control. "Newcastle boss Eddie Howe said:" I thought it was a good performance, especially the start. The game was decided by the incident with Callum Wilson and the penalty kick - a tough call against us - then they met later. “I don't know why Callum would go under - he was one on one, a great opportunity. Games play a part in those moments. ”Great rescue [from Aaron Ramsdale to contest Jonjo Shelvey]. The good thing today is how we started and finished the game. We have created opportunities. Big players create groundbreaking moments when it matters. Bukayo Saka is a big game player. Arsenal were in control against Newcastle but the game was 0-0 on 50 minutes. Eddie Howe held out with too many Arsenal attacks that resulted in wayward off-targets. The home crowd expected more against a team without victories that conceded goals for fun. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a lackluster mood, it was Saka, who has just turned 20, who struck the game in the style of one of the main leaders of the progressive Arsenal squad. In the 51st minute, Saka spun and spun past Matt Ritchie before firing a shot at Martin Dubravka. That lifted the crowd and Saka continued to lead the attack and moments later whipped a sensational cross into the six-yard box that no Arsenal player had read. The momentum towards the Newcastle goal was now at its peak and Saka found the decisive moment in the 55th minute. He started the move on the left and silky connected to Emile Smith Rowe before making a third man who was discovered by Nuno Tavares. There was a sense of inevitability as Saka withdrew his left foot and found the lower corner. Arsenal can't afford to lose him. * Arsenal have won seven competitive games in a row for the first time in their history against an opponent without conceding a single goal. * Newcastle United are the sixth team to fail to win any of the first 13 games of any Premier League season, with four of the previous five teams relegated (Derby 2000/01 survived). * Newcastle have lost 33 Premier League games against Arsenal, the highest total against a single team in the history of the competition. * Since Arteta's first responsible home game in December 2019, only three teams (Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea) have scored more points in the Premier League than Arsenal (67). * Howe only got five out of 33 points in his Premier League meetings with Arsenal (S1 U2 L8) and lost all six of his visits to the Emirates to the Gunners. Arsenal will now play in the Premier League for Manchester United at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday evening, while Newcastle will host Norwich on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Free highlights from both games will be available on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel.

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Arsenal easily win over ineffective and winless Newcastle

The wait continues for Newcastle United, which has come without a win in the Premier League until the advent of the early Christmas decorations and some sort of reckoning awaits in St James' Park on Tuesday for one of the season's defining moments. (Author: Gardener)

NewcastleSaka's replacement, Gabriel Martinelli, scored a beautifully done second goal shortly after arriving to smooth the memories of the humiliation at Anfield last week. There is certainly something to be admired about this young Arsenal side, whose managers praised their "patience and composure" in wearing down the Newcastle resistance. For Howe, who had to do so much of his coaching and planning remotely after his positive Covid test this week, the immediate challenge is to keep his players from succumbing to a self-fulfilling prophecy. "We have some very good players here and of course we lack confidence as we haven't won a game this season," said Howe. The attitude of the players is very good. ”He had his complaints about a possible penalty for Callum Wilson, which was kicked by Nuno Tavares when he ran into a sweet ball from Jonjo Shelvey in the moments before the Martinelli goal. "The key moment," Howe called it. Referee Stuart Attwell waved and it wasn't long before Martinelli hit Takehiro Tomiyasu's cross from the right for the first time, placing behind Martin Dubravka. Howe was unhappy that many of the tight referee decisions were against him, but he didn't stick with it. "I know nothing is done until it's done, and you can achieve remarkable things if you stay united and believe in it." In fact, Newcastle's unsatisfactory start to the season has now completely turned into the relegation battle that was always looming and could well be somewhere in the middle of one of the most extraordinary January windows in Premier League history. Never before has a club with so few points had so much money and potentially so few rival teams willing to sell them the players they needed. At least in the first half, Newcastle managed to limit Arsenal to a single significant chance - and what kind of chance it was, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brushed the post. If the Arsenal captain does little else on days like these, it is to wipe up the opportunities he is entitled to at the right time in the right place. It was made by a cross from Saka from the left, hit when he fell and headed into the goal by Emile Smith Rowe. A Dubravka parade gave Aubameyang the simplest of options. Matt Ritchie had done his best against Saka and received a tactical warning on the side, but when the young Englishman finally switched back to the left in the second half, he and his team-mates isolated full-back Emil Krafth. Smith Rowe and then Tavares worked on the pass triangle and Saka was suddenly through, whipping a left footshot past Dubravka and torpedoed the Newcastle game plan. The Martinelli goal came immediately after the long ball from Shelvey and Wilson's run. In the first half, Aaron Ramsdale had a wonderful first half against another good goal from Shelvey. These are the moments Howe increasingly relied on: something brilliant in the midst of the defensive pendulum and keeping in shape. Against Norwich, it is believed that Howe wants his players to take control of the game and win the support of a home crowd who, despite the results, feel a measure of optimism. "In the Premier League it's difficult enough fighting and fighting for points," said Howe, "so of course everyone wants to get their first win as soon as possible. The Saudi Arabia-led consortium, funded by the Kingdom's Public Investment Fund, sees Tuesday as an important day in the big project they want to achieve with Newcastle.

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Arsenal's young stars rewarded “real trust,” says Mikel Arteta

Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli scored in a 2-0 win over Newcastle. (Author: Gardener)

Mikel ArtetaMikel Arteta was delighted after his team had rewarded his trust (Zac Goodwin / PA). Bukayo Saka scored the first goal but hobbled with a thigh problem before replacement Gabriel Martinelli delivered a splendid second place. Arsenal were hammered 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, which resulted in a difficult week of training for the Gunners' rapidly developing talents. Newcastle offered organized resistance in the first half, but when Arsenal took advantage of their inner forward channels, the home side won in style as well as easily. "In the second half we had to be patient not to lose structure in our game," said Arsenal coach Arteta. “You have to try to give the players confidence after difficult moments - if not, it's not real trust. “I thought they deserved another chance and they did it today. "During the week they showed how much they were injured after that defeat and how much they wanted to remedy the situation today." Emile Smith Rowe could have put Arsenal ahead early in the game, only to face Martin Dubravka directly. Arsenal took aim at the canals after the break and rightly identified weaknesses in the Newcastle system. And the ruse paid off in full twice, so that boss Arteta was impressed by the strength of his team. "The finish and the combination of Bukayo and the composure of putting the ball in the right area was excellent," said Arteta. "And Gabby's great movement, run, also the ball, the technique of holding the ball down and having this quality at the end, it's impressive." Since Saka's injury concern was the only flaw on an otherwise positive day, Arteta added, “He said he felt something and was not comfortable moving on. Eddie Howe insisted his Newcastle side deserved a penalty when Callum Wilson went down in the Arsenal penalty area in the second half. Officials dismissed the incident both live and retrospectively, but Howe firmly believed Wilson would not have turned down a chance to shoot at goal. When asked if decisions were generally against his side, Howe said, “I'd say that's a fair assessment, but it's just my gut feeling. “If Callum gets the defender's side on goal, I don't think he's going to go down in this situation unless he's fouled. "The key moment came with this one-on-one." Newcastle have now leaked 29 goals in 13 Premier League games and remained both winless and bottom of the table. However, Howe still believes he can turn the situation upside down after taking the helm of St James ’Park. "If you lack confidence, of course you attract criticism, and we have to accept that and be broad-shouldered," he said. “But if we stay as committed as we are today, then we have a chance.

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Arsenal's Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli defeat a winless Newcastle

Newcastle's winless streak extended to 13 league games after Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli scored a 2-0 second-half win for Arsenal (Author: Gardener)

Bukayo SakaEddie Howe took a respectable first-half performance with him in his first game from the sidelines, but after the restart their opponents were too strong and scored nice goals through Bukayo Saka and his replacement Gabriel Martinelli. His side remain at the bottom, a fact few of Tyneside will mourn, while Arsenal retain interest in a top 4 spot after tossing aside any remnants of gloom from last weekend's heavy defeat at Liverpool. Arsenal had taken control from the 15-minute mark but a quick break in the half-hour ensured Ryan Fraser's delivery was cleared by the right-half. Jonjo Shelvey loves to feed on junk within firing range; his eyes shone as the ball broke at him from 25 yards and he fired a precise shot in the direction of the goal with a steady touch. Shelvey had one more try after the resulting corner, but this time Ramsdale grabbed an optimistic daisy cutter. There was no shame in hitting the wood from this distance, but that couldn't be said of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang four minutes before the break. The Arsenal captain has put up a candidate to miss the season and, to put it bluntly, it will add ammunition to proposals that he lose touch. Saka twisted to the left sideline and did an excellent job of putting a cross on Emile Smith Rowe for a header chance that should probably have been converted even for players lacking in air skills. Martin Dubravka saved well, but he must have cursed his luck when his parade fell straight on Aubameyang. The goal seemed certain, but Aubameyang kicked the left post with his side foot as every contact had to result in a goal. The early stages were mostly known for a series of wrestling matches between Callum Wilson and Gabriel Magalhães, but a beautifully swept pass from Sambi Lokonga towards Saka eventually opened Newcastle. Saka had the wrong side of Matt Ritchie and would have seriously worried Dubravka if he had made real contact. His finish missed the near post, but Arsenal took their cue to take some initiative. Shortly thereafter, Dubravka managed a flying save after a free kick from Martin Ødegaard, which he should have fought off despite acrobatics, and that was the sum of the actions until the crossbar, post and confusion intervened. Arsenal managed 12 attempts on goal in the first half, although some of them were wild. Saka corrected this after a far more convincing return from the hosts. He had already forced Dubravka to make another save after flying right-in when Saka found Smith Rowe in a tight position on the opposite side before going into the box. Smith Rowe located Nuno Tavares immediately and the left-back, whose reception had caused a surprise after a stormy performance on Anfield, rolled a clever right pass into the path of the oncoming Sakas. The angle was tight, but perfect for a low, raked drive into the back corner; Saka produced just that, and Arsenal had the breakthrough. In the 64th minute, Saka hobbled away after a knock and was replaced by Martinelli. The move didn't hurt Arsenal. Within 90 seconds, Takehiro Tomiyasu threw a neat first pass at Martinelli, who had come into the room on the right side of the box. Martinelli let the ball drop over his shoulder, watching it the whole time before helping him volley past Dubravka. Earlier, Wilson had run into a long pass from Shelvey but couldn't get a shot away under the attention of Gabriel and Tavares. Criminal complaints rightly fell on deaf ears; the game would soon vanish from Newcastle's reach, and while Ramsdale late saved Saint-Maximin from Allan, the extent of Howe's assignment is clear.

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Young Gunners sentenced returned Eddie Howe to defeat

Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United: Bukayo Saka broke the dead end before Gabriel Martinelli replaced him and added a wonderful volley to sink an impotent Newcastle (Author: Gardener)

Young GunnersEddie Howe might finally have been able to take Newcastle in hand from the sidelines, but his lost stare did little to hide the misery that spread before him. Arsenal's momentum was shuddered to a halt in Liverpool last week but although they initially struggled to open Newcastle's rigid defenses they eventually drove to a comfortable 2-0 win in the Emirates when Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli came in the second half Goals scored. although an injury to the former Mikel Arteta will be cause for concern. It wasn't a disastrous performance from Newcastle, resilient for a while, improving in small increments - although Howe has been unable to lead training since being appointed due to a positive Covid test - but they are getting time for slow ones Already close to progress. Arsenal were well below their best performance but this was an important win to show the strength of their progression and the top four are within reach at least for now, only the goal difference keeps them under West Ham. Howe has promised to breathe new life into Newcastle's slice, but before the beauty you have to put order out of the chaos. And so, fittingly, when the rain fell and the cold got a little too cold, Newcastle began to duck into a defensive shell with 11 players behind the ball and challenge Arsenal to find a ray of hope. Despite all of Arsenal's possession orders, they initially struggled to get clear openings, with only Nuno Tavares advancing and surpassing the overlap with precious small end products. It took an exquisite chipped pass from Albert Sambi Lokonga to unlock Newcastle defense. Saka slipped on the back post and almost turned the ball over. Martin Odegaard, who replaced Alexandre Lacazette in the starting line-up, won a free-kick with a struggling run to the edge of the box, took it himself, forcing Martin Dubravka to make a theatrical but ultimately comfortable save. In fact, Newcastle, despite barely touching the ball, came closest early. Callum Wilson was always ready for the counterattack and came close to beating Arsenal's high line twice. And on a rare attempt in Arsenal's half, Newcastle worked the ball to Jonjo Shelvey on the edge of the box, whose curling shot forced Aaron Ramsdale to make a grand save, flew high to the left and toppled the ball on the crossbar. The ball fell perfectly at Aubameyang's feet but Arsenal's captain somehow conspired to hit the post from two meters away. He stared at the sky in disbelief, the crowd groaned and Tavares embodied the limit of Arsenal's imagination by lashing a series of ferocious long-range shots into the stands. But after the break, Arsenal's momentum was refreshed. They attacked fluidly, Tavares' runs got a new focus and it wasn't long before the breakthrough came. In a fantastic 16-pass move, Smith Rowe slipped in from the left and played a patient series of passes from the edge of the box before Tavares' first shot cleared Saka in the box. It left Newcastle with no choice but to toss numbers forward. Their cause was helped by an injury to Saka, who limped to a standing ovation and was replaced by Martinelli, and the simplest of the long balls provided almost instant response. Wilson wrestled with Gabriel, won the race, but lost his balance at Ramsdale's feet. The forward's appeals were dismissed by Stuart Attwell and Wilson was still protesting when Arsenal scored his second goal. Ben White found Takehiro Tomiyasu in the room on the sideline, and the full-back's pass went high over the Newcastle backline and was volleyed by Martinelli, who neatly guided the ball into the far corner. It was a fantastic finish and a clear reminder of the quality of the Brazilian who had largely starved for minutes this season. Newcastle didn't lie down and fight to the end but their comeback hopes have always been half-hearted. A tame curling shot from Allan Saint-Maximin made Ramsdale barely flinch and a heavy touch prevented Martinelli from having a second break. Howe went to the away fans to thank them for their full support, but there is little doubt about the size of the task ahead.

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Five Things We Learned When Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli Fired Gunners to Win

Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle: The hosts take their fourth home win in a row as Eddie Howe's side remain bottom of the Premier League (Author: Gardener)

Bukayo SakaArsenal returned to winning ways in the Premier League when goals from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli gave them a 2-0 win over Newcastle United, who went without a win that season. Martin Odegaard forced Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to make a good save to prevent an early free kick but that was then beaten by Arsenal colleague Aaron Ramsdale, who made a brilliant stop to take Jonjo Shelvey's curler toward the crossbar midway through the first half throw. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a sitter from six yards to hit the outside post after Dubravka saved Emile Smith Rowe's header as Arsenal went into halftime in frustration. Saka's twisted finish from the corner in the 56th minute opened the goal before Martinelli came off the bench 10 minutes later for a brilliant first volley when a tasteless Newcastle side failed to return. After Arsenal's unbeaten run was shattered by Liverpool last weekend, the pressure was on Mikel Arteta's side to return to winning ways at home against the bottom of the Premier League. They started slowly but Arsenal showed enough attacking spirit in the second half to score an important win that put Arteta's side closer to the top four ahead of a difficult series of games. Home fans waited for their side to provide the first spark, but it quickly became apparent that Newcastle would not allow this as they lined up behind the ball to frustrate Arteta's side. Arsenal managed to create a few more clear chances, none more presentable than the one Aubameyang missed from six yards, but the fact that many of the hosts' attacks ended with speculative shots from their full-backs indicated that everything was not going to plan. The difference after half was thanks to Saka, who was Arsenal's standout player in the Emirates. That was the case on Arsenal's first goal, when Saka stormed to Smith Rowe's left and quickly exchanged passes with him and Tavares before passing Dubravka just before the hour. Shortly after Saka scored his second Premier League goal of the season to give his team the lead, Arsenal suffered a blow when the star striker pulled up with an apparent muscle injury. For some reason, Saka was told he could try to fix the problem, but the 20-year-old was barely able to run before getting eliminated for Martinelli in the middle of the second half. Arsenal will sweat that Saka didn't sustain a significant injury ahead of the busiest time of the season for Arteta's side. Starting with a trip to Old Trafford on Thursday December 2nd, Arsenal will face Manchester United, Everton, Southampton and West Ham within 14 days, with the games against United and West Ham potentially decisive to finish in the top four reach. Nicolas Pepe's return to full fitness comes at an important time, but Martinelli will also be pushing for more commitment in the coming weeks thanks to his brilliant second half. The question now is will he get the chance to show this if Saka is excluded before the trip to Old Trafford. Eddie Howe's Newcastle administration started with an entertaining 3-3 draw with Brentford last weekend in which the Magpies changed their approach from the days of former boss Steve Bruce and were much more positive in possession. It came at a price, however, as it kept the defense exposed. For Howe's first game on the sideline, Newcastle reverted to the type and was considerably more disciplined in his form in the Emirates. Howe has a reputation for being a progressive, attacking coach, but Newcastle's approach against Arsenal suggests the former Bournemouth boss is ready to sacrifice some of his principles in the short term to get Newcastle out of their bottom line predicament. It's ironic, of course, that a major reason Newcastle believers disliked Bruce was his defensive style of play, only that the announced Howe employed a similar strategy on one of the top teams in the Premier League. While Newcastle had some decent moments at break in the first half, the visitors were thoroughly outplayed when Arsenal shifted into gear in the second half when Howe's defensive plan backfired. Newcastle just didn't look like a side battling for points bottom-bottom in the Premier League - and the scale of the task Howe was facing was evident in the ease with which Arsenal pulled away. Of course, January's transfer market will be vital to their hopes of survival, but Howe urgently needs to agree on a plan that will earn Newcastle some points by then. Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavares had a rough evening at Anfield last weekend, responsible for possession of the ball for Liverpool's second goal in the 4-0 defeat, but Arteta showed confidence in the Portuguese by keeping him in his starting XI. With Kieran Tierney fully fit again, Tavares needed a statement to dispel any doubts and cement his place in Arteta's plans. A nice pass to Saka gave him a pivotal template for his team, but there were also plenty of moments that are sure to lead Arteta to choose Tierney ahead of the trip to Old Trafford on Thursday night. Despite being one of Arsenal's better outlets and filling some decent positions and channels on the left wing, Tavares was wasteful and his decision-making resulted in significant frustration among Arsenal fans. Tavares didn't have much to do on the defensive but he threw himself into a challenge for Callum Wilson as Newcastle broke forward resulting in Shelvey's shot which had to be propped on the crossbar by Ramsdale. He made up for himself with the assist, but Tierney is by far a more reliable option and it would be a mistake to leave him out before the trip to Old Trafford. A damp first half in the Emirates was saved by an entertaining duel between the two starting goalkeepers, with both Arsenal's Ramsdale and Newcastle's Dubravka showing remarkable saves to keep the score. While Ramsdale simply added another signature flight stop to his growing collection, Dubravka's show came at an important time, both for him personally and for Newcastle as a whole. The most notable change in Howe's second game was the Newcastle manager's decision to switch goalkeepers, with Dubravka handing over his first Premier League start of the season in place of Karl Darlow. Dubravka was eventually beaten in the second half, with Saka firing a shot to his left and Martinelli lofting the ball over him for the second, but his return is positive for Howe and certainly makes him the first choice over the often unpredictable Darlow.

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Five things we learned from Arsenal's 2-0 win over Newcastle

Arsenal eventually sailed to a 2-0 win over Newcastle in the Emirates on Sunday when Gabriel Martinelli made his claim and Bukayo Saka was injured. (Author: Gardener)

NewcastleArsenal finally sailed to a 2-0 win over Newcastle in the Emirates on Saturday when Gabriel Martinelli made his claim and Bukayo Saka was injured. It was a frustrating first half for the North London Gunners when Aaron Ramsdale knocked his team off again with a top save from Jonjo Shelvey's long-range attempt before Pierre-Emerick somehow missed Aubameyang from a few yards. After Martin Dubravka jumped to a top stop shortly before half-time after a header from Emile Smith Rowe, the ball fell to Aubameyang, who had left most of his goal on his own, but the captain could not use the gold chance. Arsenal Academy graduate Saka re-produced the goods in the second half to give the Gunners a head start when he finished a fine move with him, Smith Rowe and Nuno Tavares. In a major blow to Mikel Arteta ahead of his side's meeting with Manchester United next week, Saka was ousted with a suspected groin problem, with Gabriel Martinelli being brought in. Just moments after coming on, Martinelli volleyed a through ball home from Takehiro Tomiyasu and crowned the victory in style. Though Newcastle struggled to cause a lot of trouble for the Gunners, Arteta will have a lot to consider when his side bounced back from their 4-0 loss to Liverpool last week. Martinelli had chances in the Carabao Cup but didn't do enough to warrant a start in the team ahead of players like Saka or Smith Rowe. But the 20-year-old once again proved why the Gunners fan base cared so much for him when he produced a mesmerizing moment to put an end to Newcastle's hopes of getting back into the game. Should Saka be out for a certain time and Nicolas Pepe's formlessness, Martinelli could be saddened not to get more playing time in the hectic winter time. The game appeared to be on a low ebb until Saka emerged from a narrow angle with a driven finish to defeat the formidable Dubravka. Saka appeared to be a bit off his game at the start of the campaign, which could be due to the sheer number of games he has played for club and country. But he and his academy graduate Smith Rowe are vital to Arteta in the attack. The Gunners captain struggled to get into the game as he did in the Anfield loss last week and failed to show the improved work ethic he has shown over the past few weeks. Both the Gabonese international and Alexandre Lacazette were linked to the club's exit last summer, while players like Fiorentina's Dusan Vlahovic, Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez and Real Sociedad striker Alexandre Isak were all reportedly on the club's radar . Lacazette's contract expires this summer, and the Frenchman has admitted that his agents are examining the possibility of a possible move that could open the door to a new face in the Emirates. Martin Odegaard was brought into play in # 10 position when Lacazette fell on the bench to face the magpies. But the Norwegian fell too low to affect play and often made more touches than necessary. That in turn slowed down Arsenal's game with him on the ball and the counterattacks lacked persuasiveness as a result. Odegaard was absent from previous games due to injury while Lacazette, with his energy and play behind Aubameyang, was the preferred option. Arteta could easily have dropped Tavares for his flawed performance at Anfield, especially since Kieran Tierney was ready and waiting on the bench. The left-back was involved in the opening goal, met Smith Rowe and played the last ball for Saka's goal. After a first half that included multiple shots that went over the crossbar and over the post, Tavares calmed down and helped bring the team forward from an offensive sense after the break. Although Tierney could potentially return to the team in the coming weeks, Tavares is pushing the Scottish international. MORE: Alexandre Lacazette announces his agents are already planning a possible Arsenal exit

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Young Gunners sentenced returned Eddie Howe to defeat

Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United: Bukayo Saka broke the dead end before Gabriel Martinelli replaced him and added a wonderful volley to sink an impotent Newcastle (Author: Gardener)

Young GunnersEddie Howe might finally have been able to take Newcastle in hand from the sidelines, but his lost stare did little to hide the misery that spread before him. Arsenal's momentum was shuddered to a halt in Liverpool last week, but although initially struggling to open Newcastle's rigid defenses, it eventually drove to a comfortable 2-0 win in the Emirates when Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli came in the second half Scoring goals - even if an injury to the former Mikel Arteta is cause for concern. It wasn't a disastrous performance from Newcastle, resilient for a while, improving in small increments - although Howe has been unable to lead training since being appointed due to a positive Covid test - but they are getting time for slow ones Already close to progress. Arsenal were well below their best performance but this was an important win to show the strength of their progression and the top four are within reach at least for now, only the goal difference keeps them under West Ham. Howe has promised to breathe new life into Newcastle's slice, but before the beauty you have to put order out of the chaos. And so Newcastle, fittingly, when the rain fell and bit the cold in, began by ducking into a defensive shell with eleven players behind the ball and challenging Arsenal to find a ray of hope. Despite all of Arsenal's possession orders, they initially struggled to get clear openings, with only Nuno Tavares advancing and surpassing the overlap with precious small end products. It took an exquisite chipped pass from Albert Sambi Lokonga to unlock Newcastle defense. Saka slipped on the back post and almost turned the ball over. Martin Odegaard, who replaced Alexandre Lacazette in the starting line-up, won a free-kick with a struggling run to the edge of the box, took it himself, forcing Martin Dubravka to make a theatrical but ultimately comfortable save. In fact, it was Newcastle who came closest, despite barely touching the ball. Callum Wilson was always ready for the counterattack and came close to beating Arsenal's high line twice. And on a rare attempt in Arsenal's half, Newcastle worked the ball to Jonjo Shelvey on the edge of the box, whose curling shot forced Aaron Ramsdale to make a grand save, flew high to the left and toppled the ball on the crossbar. The ball fell perfectly at Aubameyang's feet but Arsenal's captain somehow conspired to hit the post from two meters away. He stared at the sky in disbelief, the crowd groaned and Tavares embodied the limit of Arsenal's imagination by lashing a series of ferocious long-range shots into the stands. But after the break, Arsenal's momentum was refreshed. They attacked fluidly, Tavares' runs got a new focus and it wasn't long before the breakthrough came. In a fantastic 16-pass move, Smith Rowe slipped in from the left and played a patient series of passes from the edge of the box before Tavares' first shot cleared Saka in the box. It left Newcastle with no choice but to toss numbers forward. Their cause was helped by an injury to Saka, who limped to a standing ovation and was replaced by Martinelli, and the simplest of the long balls provided almost instant response. Wilson wrestled with Gabriel, won the race, but lost his balance at Ramsdale's feet. The forward's appeals were dismissed by Stuart Attwell and Wilson was still protesting when Arsenal scored his second goal. Ben White found Takehiro Tomiyasu in the room on the sideline, and the full-back's pass went high over the Newcastle backline and was volleyed by Martinelli, who neatly guided the ball into the far corner. It was a fantastic finish and a clear reminder of the quality of the Brazilian who had largely starved for minutes this season. Newcastle didn't lie down and fight to the end but their comeback hopes have always been half-hearted. A tame curling shot from Allan Saint-Maximin made Ramsdale barely flinch and a heavy touch prevented Martinelli from having a second break. Howe went to the away fans to thank them for their full support, but there is little doubt about the size of the task ahead.

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The West Brom boss is frustrated with the drought but points out some positive aspects

After three league games without a goal, West Brom boss Valerien Ismael insists it must be tackled quickly as they lose more points (Author: Gardener)

West BromWest Bromwich Albion coach Valerien Ismael during the Sky Bet Championship game at The Hawthorn's West Brom boss Valerien Ismael has admitted his side need to end their goal drought quickly after Friday's 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest. It's now been three games in a row that the Baggies failed to find the back of the net. For a team that has scored 10 goals in their first four championship games, it becomes a real problem for Ismael. Another 0-0 draw means West Brom are eight points behind leaders Fulham. With 16 shots on goal against Forest, there were now 61 shots on goal without a goal in the last three league games. In an interview with Sky Sports, Ismael said: “We know that we can score goals, we score goals earlier. “It's about giving the player confidence back and as I said, we need that goal to break through. “At some point you have to score goals. “The month of November was difficult, but the good thing is, next week is another month and we want to start the month of December better. I think now it's good that we play normally from Saturday to Saturday so that we have time to work on the topic we have in the last third. ”Jordan Hugill had a glorious chance to score all three points for his team get, but he shot his shot over the crossbar. After a brilliant start to the season, the Englishman has now played four league games without a goal. While West Brom continued to lose points, with the automatic places they lose distance. Seventh-placed Blackburn is just four points behind the Baggies. West Brom coach Valerien Ismael was quick to point out that his side should have won the game against Nottingham Forest. Ismael said: “If you see the game at the end we have to get the point. “I think the guys fought to the end. Usually we should score a goal at the end of the game. “I think we have four clear goals tonight with Darnell Furlong, Grady Diangana, Karlan Grant and Jordan Hugill and we have to take our chances. The last time the Baggies met was a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough in early November. "But up until the red card we were mainly up in the second half, we got back into the game better," added Ismael. “It was a tough game but I didn't see any great opportunities from Nottingham so we have a lot of situations under control. "It's a huge frustration for us tonight because we definitely wanted the three points." West Brom will face Coventry in a derby in the West Midlands next Saturday, where they will end their three-game run without a win. READ MORE: "We're Really Close!" - West Brom boss concentrated on positive things despite the form

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“Togetherness” - Valerien Ismael announces West Brom's verdict following the Nottingham Forest tie

West Bromwich Albion boss Valerien Ismael believes his side have punished themselves again by falling to ten for the third time in six games against Nottingham Forest last night, but praised his side's defensive solidity when he followed the Game with the Baggies media team. Jayson Molumby was the man who went against Steve Coopers [...] (Author: Gardener)

Nottingham ForestWest Bromwich Albion boss Valerien Ismael believes his side have punished themselves again by falling to ten for the third time in six games against Nottingham Forest last night, but praised his side's defensive solidity when he followed the Game with the Baggies media team. After Albion was sent off the pitch in Huddersfield Town against Fulham last weekend and Jake Livermore received the red card, Albion have been at a disadvantage in a number of games lately, especially against the latter as they were trying to equalize at the time. Luckily for Ismael's men, Cedric Kipre, Kyle Bartley and Matt Clarke were able to stay strong on the defensive to secure a point for the hosts - a result that will be relieved given the circumstances - even though they got into the game to claim a valuable win earn three points. With that, many West Brom fans have had mixed feelings, desperate for a much-needed win after losing points to Huddersfield and Blackpool but seeing their team survive last night after falling back to ten . This summed up manager Ismael's feelings after the game. Summing up yesterday evening's events with Albion's media team, he said, “We were in control of the game until the red card and we didn't give Forest a chance. “If you have been booked earlier, you have to master the challenge and stay on the pitch with 11 men. They may have been solid behind, but as Ishmael further pointed out, they haven't been clinical enough in the future and the French can only take a small part of the blame for that. At home and as a promotion candidate, they would ideally have wanted to dominate possession against Forest, but Darnell Furlong and Jordan Hugill should have made better use of their respective chances. Because of this, a goalscorer must have a higher priority than a creative player during the January transfer window, although both would be preferable. And for the board of directors this means investing enough in a player who can score regularly, which is not cheap and especially expensive if they want to use Daryl Dike from Orlando City. With nine goals in 19 championship games for Ismael at Barnsley last season, he's the kind of player they need, but it feels like the West Brom hierarchy isn't targeting a player of his caliber after a conservative window take will spend the summer.

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