We learnt three things as Arsenal kept their Premier League title aspirations alive with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park last weekend. Martin Odegaard’s impressive goal in the first half, combined with Fabian Schar’s own goal, secured all three points for the visitors.
The North London now sit in second place in the Premier League standings, just one point behind defending champions Manchester City, although the Gunners have played one extra game.
1. Jorginho Deserves A Continuous Run In The Team
Thomas Partey has given some impressive performances for the Gunners this season, but his recent form has left much to be desired, resulting in Jorginho starting the last two games. The Italian’s performance against Chelsea was good, but it was his display against the Magpies that was exceptional.
The 31-year-old controlled the game’s tempo for Arsenal, relieved pressure on their defence, and provided the perfect base for their attacks. For his outstanding contribution, the Italian international got awarded the Player of the Match.
2. Arteta Wants The Team To Fight Till The End
After the victory against Newcastle United, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta expressed his confidence in his team’s ability to win the Premier League title this season. He stated that the team is aware of the prize at stake and that it is within their reach.
The Spanish manager emphasized the importance of maintaining focus and determination, and avoiding complacency. He urged his team to keep at it and give their best every day.
3. Odegaard And Martinelli Create History
Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli have both scored 15 goals in the Premier League this season, making it the first time in the club’s history that two players have together achieved this feat in a single season. Meanwhile from the right, Bukayo Saka has notched up 13 goals for the Gunners as well this season.
Martin Odegaard has now scored 15 non-penalty goals in the Premier League this season, that’s more than any other midfielder.
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— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) May 7, 2023
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Man City are still considered strong favourites for the title. However, Arsenal are poised to take advantage of any slip-ups by Pep Guardiola’s side. Arteta will have learned important lessons from his team’s recent victory at St. James’ Park, where a number of the Gunners’ reserve players stepped up to deliver standout performances and secure the win.
Looking ahead to their next match against Brighton & Hove Albion, the Spanish manager is well aware of the challenge ahead and has stressed the importance of maintaining their current level of performance till the end of the season.
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