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Arsenal remain in title hunt with vital Newcast

Arsenal showed their mettle and came through a devilishly difficult fixture at Newcastle to keep the title race alive with a 2-0 win at St James’ Park.

In a compelling encounter played in a ferocious atmosphere, Arsenal stood firm and stuck to their principles with Martin Odegaard firing them in front from 30 yards on 14 minutes before a Fabian Schar own-goal wrapped it up in the second half.

Newcastle had won eight of their last nine games and suffered defeat just twice in their last 24 Premier League home games but couldn't find a route to goal despite Jacob Murphy and Alexander Isak both striking the woodwork.

It leaves the Gunners a point behind Pep Guardiola's side, who still have a game in hand. It might prove a chase in vein but Arsenal are staying hot on Manchester City's heels as this fascinating title race rolls on.

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