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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he is “really proud” of his side, and they should have been handed two “outrageous” penalties in their goalless draw against Newcastle.

A resilient display from the Magpies kept the Gunners at bay and ended their 11-game Premier League winning streak at the Emirates Stadium.

But Arteta cut a frustrated full-time figure and said his side had been wrongfully denied penalties – first when Dan Burn pulled Gabriel off after a free-kick, before Jacob Murphy appeared to handle the ball in the last few minutes.

The frustrations were on display at the Emirates as Arteta and his players frantically waved their arms in the air in protest at the decisions, both of which were checked by the video assistant referee.

“There were two penalties. It is very simple. I’m talking about what I saw. It was two outrageous penalties,” Arteta said.

Matthew Upson, part of BBC Radio 5 Live’s match commentary, said of the second call: “There’s no doubt he hits the arm but it’s not in an unnatural position and it’s not is not miles away from the silhouette of the body to try to block the ball. »

Former Manchester United defender and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville agreed with Upson and said handball was “never a penalty”.

Magpies boss Eddie Howe added that conceding a penalty so late in the game would have been a “travesty”.

“Obviously at this stage of the game you’re thinking ‘oh no, the guys have given so much’, and that would have been a travesty for us. I didn’t think it was a penalty, but you never know. ” he said.

However, Neville said Arsenal could be “lost” in the first decision and Newcastle were “very lucky” not to concede a penalty.

Referee Andy Madley handed out nine yellow cards in a turbulent game and the Emirates crowd booed the performance of the officials at half-time.

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“Arsenal can win the league”

Regardless of penalty decisions, Arsenal have struggled to create chances against a tenacious Newcastle in hopes of earning a Champions League place this season.

“Arsenal ran out of ideas,” Neville said.

The Gunners remain eight points clear of defending champions Manchester City and are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League games.

“Arsenal can win the league, but they will have to enter the transfer market. When will they be in this position again? You don’t know,” Neville said.

“They have a small chance of winning the league and if they bet big on a striker this window, I think that’s how they could win the league.

“Can they find two players who can strengthen this team and change the game, maybe win the team game? It’s been a huge few months for Arteta. »

The Arsenal manager said: “If we keep playing like this, playing like this and dominating, we will win a lot of games. »

He added that the club would still be looking to strengthen during a transfer window, with the Gunners heavily linked with Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhailo Mudryk.

“We had what we had,” Arteta said. “We also have injuries and attacking areas where we don’t have a lot of options, but that’s what it is. It’s something we always try to do; improve our team with each [transfer] the window is important. »

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Howe praises ‘very good defensive performance’

While Arteta may be frustrated with a point, his counterpart Howe was delighted.

“It was a very good defensive performance and a great mentality from the group,” he said. “You saw good teamwork and collective effort. »

Newcastle, now unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League games, have kept six consecutive clean sheets in all competitions for only the second time, first in 1982.

“I think we were resilient, tenacious and collectively defended all areas of the pitch brilliantly. Our defensive performances have been very good and that’s all credit to everyone,” said Howe.

“We want to be in every game, we don’t want to show up on pitches like this and not give our best. We competed to win and we didn’t make it, but we certainly gave them a good game.

“The next step for us is to have a bit more quality on the ball, but we are looking to improve all aspects of our game.”

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