Arsenal: Mikel Arteta comments on Odegaard’s performance in Brighton win

Arsenal take on Newcastle United in the Premier League tonight, as Mikel Arteta’s side look to extend their lead at the top of the table.

The Gunners head into this clash seven points clear of defending champions Manchester City, who are second, and nine points clear of opponents Newcastle in third. Last time out, Arsenal were 4-2 winners against Brighton as the north London side made it two league wins from two since the World Cup break. Meanwhile, Eddie Howe’s high-flying Newcastle also returned to top-flight action with a victory but were then frustrated by Leeds in a goalless draw.

Nevertheless, the Magpies are 12 games unbeaten in the division, while Arsenal have gone 10 league matches without a defeat. Will one of those impressive runs come to an end at the Emirates Stadium this evening?

Follow live updates from Arsenal vs Newcastle with our blog below.

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Second half: Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

Arsenal get the ball rolling once again at the Emirates Stadium. This game is delicately poised and could yet go either way. Oleksandr Zinchenko slips a pass into the left side of the box for Eddie Nketiah but his cutback doesn’t reach Martin Odegaard and Newcastle clear their lines.

Michael Jones3 January 2023 20:49

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Elsewhere in the Premier League

Arsenal vs Newcastle is the only game of the night to remain goalless. Fulham and Brighton have taken 1-0 leads into the half-time breaks whilst Casemiro has sent Manchester United ahead of Bournemouth in the late kick off.

Michael Jones3 January 2023 20:42

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Michael Jones3 January 2023 20:38

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Half-time: Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

45+2 mins: Nothing the separate the two teams as they head into the break. Arsenal came out of the tracks rapidly but Newcastle managed to keep them at bay and cause the match to become a scrappy midfield battle.

Yellow cards have bee more prevalent than clear cut chances and as things stand the match remains all square.

Michael Jones3 January 2023 20:34

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45 mins: Two minutes of added time to play in this first half.

Michael Jones3 January 2023 20:30

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42 mins: Yet another yellow card. This one is shown to Granit Xhaka who slid into a tackle on Fabian Schar after the defender was first to an aerial ball.

That’s five in the game already and it’s not even half-time yet.

Michael Jones3 January 2023 20:27

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39 mins: Bruno Guimaraes has his shirt yanked as he skips past Martin Odegaard in the middle of the pitch. Odegaard then slides in on Guimaraes from behind and takes out the Newcastle midfielder.

The referee pulls out another yellow card to book the Arsenal captain.

Michael Jones3 January 2023 20:26

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36 mins: Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka link-up on the right side of the box with Nketiah holding the ball up brilliantly before offloading it to Saka.

He sends a pass inside to Odegaard who lets it run to Partey. Partey takes a touch then drills an effort at goal but is easily charged down by Joe Willock.

Michael Jones3 January 2023 20:23

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33 mins: Odegaard is brought down by Joelinton leaving Arsenal with the chance to get the ball into the penalty area. He curls a decent floaty cross into the box where Gabriel wins the ball and nods an effort wide of the back post!

Michael Jones3 January 2023 20:19

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30 mins: Dan Burn is being asked to mark both Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka when Arsenal have the ball. Odegaard provides a threat through the middle and Saka out wide.

Oleksandr Zinchenko threads the ball up to Eddie Nketiah who turns it across to Odegaard but Burn is well positioned to lean across the midfielder and clear the danger.

Michael Jones3 January 2023 20:18



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