In this installment of our Match Review series, we’re going to analyze a Premier League match and explain the turning point that decided the fate of the match. 13 is the first match of the season, and we’re going to take a look at the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle on November 27. The first of the 13 matches is the Premier League matchup between Arsenal and Newcastle on November 27.
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Pre-match analysis: Both sides need three points
The 13th match of the Premier League season between Arsenal and Newcastle will be held on November 27th at the Emirates Stadium, the home of Arsenal.
After hitting rock bottom with three consecutive defeats in the opening round, Arsenal has been gradually recovering. Despite having a young squad with an average age of just 25 years old, they have been able to steadily accumulate points in the Premier League and have climbed to fifth place in the league.
Then came the last game against Liverpool. All eyes were on the young squad to see how well they could do against a strong side, but the result was a 0-4 defeat. But the result was a 0-4 defeat, and they need three points against Newcastle to get rid of the loss and get back on the winning track.
Newcastle, on the other hand, is in a more serious situation than the home team. After 12 league games, they have no wins. They are in the bottom half of the table with six points, and Steve Bruce, who has been leading the team since last season, has been dismissed. If there is any hope in this situation, it is that the club has been bought by a wealthy owner. A Saudi Arabian government-affiliated investment fund has become the new owner and is trying to reform the team.
The first step in that reform is the appointment of a new manager, Eddie Howe. The young manager, who once led Bournemouth from the third division to promotion to the Premier League, has been working to rebuild the team. However, the change of manager will not change the team immediately. They will be facing a tough opponent in Arsenal, but they will be looking to bring home three points this time around.
Let’s take a look at the starting lineup.
See also: Starting lineup
There is one change for Arsenal. Martin Udegaard replaces Alexandre Lacazette at the top of the lineup. Arsenal made one change in their starting lineup, replacing Alexandre Lacazette with Martin Udegaard up top, presumably to save the French striker for the midweek match against Manchester United.
Newcastle, on the other hand, made three changes from the previous game. Defender Martin Dubravka returned to goalkeeper after a long layoff due to injury. Ryan Fraser replaces Jakob Murphy, and Emil Kraft starts in place of Ciaran Clark.
Arsenal dominated the game from start to finish.
The home team was expected to be sluggish after their heavy defeat in the previous game, but in fact they dominated the game from the start. However, the home team actually dominated the game from the very beginning, but failed to create any decisive chances. They had a couple of long shots, but not enough to threaten the Newcastle defender Dubravka. The first half ended with the score at 0-0 going into the second half.
But it was the young guns who turned the tide. Emil Smith Rowe received a pass from Bukayo Saka on the left side and wedged it past Nuno Tavares. Tavares then played a through ball to Saka who broke into the penalty area. The England international swung his left foot and the ball went into the opposite net for the first goal of the game.
Once the home team took the lead, the game was suddenly in their favor. Newcastle went on the offensive to get a point, but it gave Arsenal more space than they deserved. Then, in the 66th minute, Arsenal got another goal.
After a short counter, the home team played the ball down the right flank, and right back Tomiyasu lobbed a pass behind the defensive line. Tomiyasu lobbed a pass to the back of the defensive line, where midfielder Gabriele Martinelli slipped in just short of the offside line and latched onto the pass to volley home. The keeper’s timing was off, and the shot went into the goal.
The away team lost their will to fight. The away team lost their will to fight, and their captain tried to play some attacking cards to break the deadlock, but Newcastle didn’t have enough left in the tank to overturn the two-goal deficit. The game was over. It was the home team that got their first win in two games, as they didn’t seem to be affected by the loss to Liverpool in the previous game.
So, how did it come to this? Here is a detailed analysis of the match, along with the turning points that divided the match.
Turning Point 1: Aaron Ramsdale’s save
First of all, take a look at the table below.
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These are the stats for both teams throughout the match, and Arsenal is ahead in almost every category. Arsenal won in most of the categories, but only in the category of shots on frame, where there was almost no difference between the two teams.
In other words, Newcastle had the better shots on frame in the few chances they had. Giant Killings are created when a higher ranked team fails to take advantage of their chances, while a lower ranked team takes advantage of their few chances.
In this game, Arsenal failed to take their chances, and Newcastle could have taken their few chances. This time, Arsenal failed to take their chances and Newcastle had a few chances to win the game, but it was Arsenal defender Ramsdale who saved the day.
This was especially evident in the 30th minute of the first half. Jonjo Shelvey picked up a loose ball from a cross and swung his right foot into the right corner of the goal. It looked like it was going to be a long shot, but Ramsdell dove sideways and made a great save to save his team.
If the goal had gone in, the game would have gone in Newcastle’s favor. There were other close calls as well, but Ramsdell saved them all. Saka and Tavares, who were active in attack, stood out, but Ramsdell, who saved the team many times, was surely the MVP behind the scenes.
Turning Point 2: A defensive network that suppressed the opponent’s ace
Another turning point was Arsenal’s defensive network against the opposing ace. Newcastle’s tactic was to give freedom to their ace, Alain St. Maximan, and let him have the ball when they countered.
Once Saint-Maximand, who is good at dribbling, gets forward, it’s hard to stop him without a foul. However, Arsenal had a tactic to prevent that from happening.
When Arsenal lost the ball, center back Ben White and right back Tomiyasu pressed hard against Saint-Maximan. When Arsenal lost the ball, center back Ben White and right back Tomiyasu pressed hard against Saint-Maximan, and even Saint-Maximan couldn’t keep the ball under the pressure of the two.
This tactic made it hard for Newcastle to counter and create chances. When Newcastle finally got a shot off, Ramsdell made a good save. This was not enough to bring the game to a close. Arsenal dominated the game because of this tactic.