Arsenal vs Newcastle LIVE Football Score 3 Jan 2023
No team in Premier League history has lost the title after collecting 16 points from 43 games, and those in red and white are just starting to believe that little bit more by the week, as Mikel Arteta’s young guns continue to defy pre-season expectations.
Eddie Nketiah, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard were all on target at the Amex fortress against Brighton, who responded in kind through Kaoru Mitoma and Evan Ferguson in a nail-biting finale, where Mitoma had another goal ruled out for a marginal offside.
Arteta admitted that his side did little to stem the flow of Brighton’s eye-catching response, but a 14th top-flight win of the season – coupled with Manchester City dropping points against Everton – allowed the Gunners to enjoy their midnight celebrations seven points clear at the top of the table.
With the champions not in action until Thursday’s battle with Chelsea, Arsenal – who are the only Premier League team with a 100% home record still intact – could remarkably extend their lead into double figures on Tuesday night, thereby silencing a few more doubters of their title credentials.
While an astounding 10-game winning run on home soil is nothing to be scoffed at, only Nottingham Forest have failed to score against Arsenal at the Emirates during that hot streak, so a record-equalling 29th clean sheet against Newcastle is far from a guarantee.
Denied time and time again by the imperious Illan Meslier, Newcastle’s authority over Leeds United ultimately counted for very little at a rainy St James’ Park on New Year’s Eve, as the Whites travelled back to the West Midlands with a hard-earned point to their name.
It was not for the want of trying for Howe’s men, who could not find the breakthrough despite enjoying 59% possession and 16 shots on goal, but the mood around Newcastle on New Year’s Eve was undoubtedly still a cheerful one as they reflect on a year of monumental progress.
Victory over Leeds would have allowed Newcastle to move level on points with Man City, but the Magpies remain on the final podium spot entering 2023 – only two behind the reigning champions and nine adrift of Arsenal, both of whom have a game in hand – so the two teams on the Emirates turf could occupy first and second place if Howe’s side get the job done on Tuesday.
While there was a sense of missed opportunity on Saturday, Howe’s side have still posted just the one defeat in league action this term – even then Liverpool only scraped a 2-1 Anfield win right at the death – and they are unbeaten in their last 12 top-flight games since that August beating.
Arteta’s players received the hairdryer treatment after being outfought and outclassed in a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle at St James’ Park, but Arsenal have won each of their last 11 home games versus the Magpies in all tournaments and have certainly developed a newfound sense of resilience since May’s terrible trip to Tyneside.
- Arsenal have won 11 successive home games against Newcastle in all competitions, keeping clean sheets in each of the last seven, since a 1-0 league defeat in November 2010.
- Newcastle won 2-0 at home in the most recent meeting last May and are vying to earn consecutive league victories in this fixture for the first time since the mid-1990s.
- Arsenal could equal the Premier League record of 29 clean sheets against a particular opponent, currently held by Manchester United against Tottenham.
- The Gunners are on a run of 10 straight league victories at Emirates Stadium, dating back to last season.
- Arsenal have won 14 of their opening 16 top-flight games – the five other teams to have started a season at least as well all went on to win the title.
- They have scored in 17 consecutive Premier League matches since a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle in May.
- Martin Odegaard has been directly involved in 12 goals in his past 13 Premier League appearances, scoring seven and setting up five.
- Eddie Nketiah has scored in three successive Premier League starts at home and has 11 goals in his last 11 starts at the Emirates in all competitions.
- A 0-0 draw against Leeds on New Year’s Eve brought an end to Newcastle’s run of six straight league victories but they are unbeaten in 12 games since a 2-1 defeat at Liverpool on 31 August (W8, D4).
- It is their longest Premier League unbeaten streak since going 14 matches without defeat from May to November 2011.
- They could win four consecutive Premier League away matches for the first time since October 1996.
- The Magpies have the division’s best defensive record, conceding only 11 goals and keeping an unrivalled nine clean sheets.
- Having beaten Tottenham 2-1 in October, they’re looking to win away at both north London sides in a Premier League season for the first time since 2001-02.
- Newcastle have only won their opening league fixture of a calendar year once in the past 10 attempts, beating Stoke City 1-0 in 2018 (D2, L7).
- Eddie Howe has lost all six of his Premier League away matches against Arsenal by an aggregate score of 2-16.
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