Arsenal missed the chance to go 10 points clear in the Premier League title race after being held 0-0 at home by a gritty Newcastle – the first time they failed to win at the Emirates this season.
In what was a tempestuous encounter, Arsenal failed to score in a Premier League match for the first time in 17 games as they struggled to create quality chances against Eddie Howe’s team despite bossing possession.
Arsenal’s frustrations raised further in injury-time as a late penalty appeal for a handball from Jacob Murphy was not awarded by referee Andy Madley and VAR did not intervene. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta called it a “scandalous” decision.
The result further strengthened Newcastle’s case for a top-four finish as they defended their box expertly and protected their goalkeeper Nick Pope. Howe’s side remain the best defence in the Premier League this season, conceding just 11 goals and keeping 10 clean sheets.
It was the Toon that created the best opening in the match just before the break but Joelinton’s header from four yards somehow missed the target.
Arsenal are now eight points clear of Manchester City, who play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night – live on Sky Sports. Newcastle remain third, one point off City.
Source: Sky Sports