January 29, 2023

“Obviously at that stage of the game you’re thinking ‘god no, the lads have given so much’ and that would have been a travesty for us,” said Eddie Howe while discussing Arsenal‘s failed penalty claim in the 0-0 draw.

“I didn’t think it was a penalty but you just never know. I’m delighted and me and Mikel [Arteta] are fine.”

Tensions flared on the touchline between Arteta and the Newcastle United boss after the penalty was not given towards the end.

“You saw good teamwork and a collective effort. I think Arsenal are very good and pose different problems so we knew defensively we needed to be rock solid.

“I don’t think there were many periods in the game where we were totally OK. We did have our moments – I don’t think we were great on the ball – but we had our moments to potentially nick it on the counter-attack or with a set-piece.”

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