Newly-wealthy Newcastle remain marooned at the bottom of the Premier League table. Arsenal bounce back from defeat at Liverpool and are now eyeing up the Champions League places!
Arsenal moved level on points with fourth-placed West Ham United, after strolling to an easy English Premier League (EPL) 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday.
Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli netted in the second half, as Mikel Arteta’s home side roared back from a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Liverpool last weekend.
The result leaves Eddie Howe’s Magpies winless after 13 EPL games and stuck at the foot of the table.
Arsenal dominated possession throughout the first half, but needed goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale, to make an impressive save from Jonjo Shelvey’s long-range drive.
Arsenal often over-complicated their build-up play, but still created chances. Bukayo Saka missed the best opportunity, on the stretch, from Nuno Tavares’ cultured diagonal pass.
Martin Dúbravka, between the Newcastle sticks and recalled for his first appearance of the season after recovering from injury, produced a flying save to foil Martin Ødegaard’s goalbound free-kick.
The Gunners should have opened the scoring just before half-time, but Dúbravka saved Emile Smith-Rowe’s nodded effort and then Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang messed up a close-range sitter.
When the home side finally breached the Newcastle defence after 55 minutes, it was unsurprising that Smith-Rowe and Saka were involved.
The former linked up well with Tavares, who teed up Saka to fire left-footed past Dúbravka from a tight angle.
Newcastle had a penalty claim turned down when Callum Wilson chased Shelvey’s hopeful ball forward but was knocked off balance by the covering Gabriel. However, within a minute the Magpies were 2-0 down.
Martinelli, who had just replaced the injured Saka, was picked out by a lofted pass from Takehiro Tomiyasu and doubled Arsenal’s lead after 66 minutes with a superb, first-time finish.