Arsenal produced a devastating second-half blitz to see off Newcastle 4-0 on the Emirates and arrest a run of 4 successive attracts within the Premier League.
The Gunners spent nearly all of the primary half on the again foot however sprung to life after the break due to a superb Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang header and Nicolas Pepe’s fourth league purpose of the season within the house of three minutes.
Ciaran Clark spurned a wonderful probability to halve the deficit and Allan Saint-Maximin struck the publish as Newcastle didn’t get off the canvas after Arsenal’s fast-hearth double.
The Magpies have been made to pay late on as Martin Dubravka spilled Mesut Ozil’s late shot over the road and Alexandre Lacazette rifled in a fourth because the Gunners climbed to 10th – three factors and two locations forward of Newcastle – with their first league win since New Year’s Day.
How Arsenal restored that profitable feeling
Mikel Arteta hoped Arsenal’s winter break in Dubai would kick his gamers into gear after a run of 4 successive league attracts however there was no indication of enchancment as Newcastle dictated a primary half of frustration for the Gunners.
Dani Ceballos’ blushes have been spared on 14 minutes when Bernd Leno produced a response save to forestall the Spaniard from scoring a calamitous personal purpose after he deflected Matthew Longstaff’s volley from a nook along with his head.
- Eddie Nketiah was handed his first begin within the Premier League, Dani Ceballos began for the primary time since November and Nicolas Pepe was recalled as Arsenal made three modifications from the draw with Burnley.
- Steve Bruce handed January signings Danny Rose and Valentino Lazaro their first Newcastle begins, and Sean Longstaff was recalled in three modifications following the goalless draw with Norwich.
The Newcastle possibilities saved on coming at a tempo that may have involved Arteta, the harmful Saint-Maximin’s cutback poked vast on the close to publish by Joelinton on the quarter-hour mark.
Bukayo Saka tried to ignite Arsenal’s problem with a curling effort that flashed inches vast of the angle of publish and bar, however the error-strewn Arsenal efficiency continued up till the closing phases of the primary half, the place the Gunners appeared to have lastly settled into an attacking rhythm.
Aubameyang and Eddie Nketiah drew snug saves from Dubravka earlier than Aubameyang noticed a drive deflect agonisingly vast off Clark. And there was nonetheless time earlier than the break for Pepe pressured a fingertip save from the Newcastle goalkeeper with a dipping free-kick.
The Arsenal enchancment was an onslaught after the restart. Nketiah spurned the Gunners’ greatest probability of the sport on 50 minutes, clipping the highest of the crossbar after Pepe weaved into the Newcastle space and lower an ideal ball again.
But the Arsenal frustration dissipated immediately on 54 minutes when Pepe’s floated cross was headed again throughout purpose by captain Aubameyang to lastly unlock the Newcastle defence.
One turned two three minutes later, the trickery of Saka on the left bewildered Newcastle debutant Valentino Lazaro and his cutback was clinically dispatched by Pepe.
Newcastle ought to have diminished the arrears on 63 minutes, however Clark sliced a gilt-edged probability vast from six yards, and by the point Saint-Maximin struck the bottom of the publish with 1 / 4 of an hour remaining, it was clear it was not the Magpies’ day.
And issues turned bitter late on for Steve Bruce’s aspect as Dubravka’s spilled Ozil’s shot into his personal internet and Lacazette received in on the act to substantiate a chastening journey to the capital for the Magpies.
Arsenal journey to Olympiakos for the primary leg of their Europa League spherical-of-32 tie on Thursday at 8pm, earlier than internet hosting Everton on Super Sunday at 4.30pm, reside on Sky Sports Premier League. Newcastle, in the meantime, return to London subsequent Saturday at 3pm to tackle Crystal Palace.