Arsenal 4-0 Newcastle: host run of four consecutive Premier League draw as goals by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette ensure first Premier League victory for Mikel Arteta’s side since New Year’s Day
- Arsenal only took their second Premier League victory under Mikel Arteta with a win over Newcastle
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left for Arsenal’s first home of a floating cross by Nicolas Pepe
- The Ivorian then became a scorer after Bukayo Saka nutmeg Valentino Lazaro before he cut it back for Pepe
- Mesut Ozil added a third late by Alexandre Lacazette before the Frenchman scored himself in injury time
This was a half gig from Arsenal and in the end it was comfortable enough. Poorly in the first half, Mikel Arteta’s team would probably have been behind if Newcastle had managed to solve their scoring problem during the January transfer period. But they didn’t, so they weren’t.
Arsenal was also greatly improved. Despite all their promises with the ball, Newcastle gave the Arsenal creative players too much room to play and was eventually made to pay for that fundamental and rather unforgivable sin.
This was the afternoon when part of Arsenal’s developing talent was exhibited. Young Eddie Nketiah – 20 years old and from Lewisham – started at the front and hit the bar. Bukayo Saka – 18 years old and from Ealing – was left behind and he set a beautiful second goal with a nutmeg on Valentino Lazaro in Newcastle, who came straight out of the schoolyard.
Arsenal won their first Premier League game since Manchester United was defeated on New Year’s Day with a win over Newcastle
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed the hostess’ first after Nicolas Pepe hovered in a cross on the back post from the right
The Ivorian then became a scorer three minutes later after finishing up close to the low ball from Bukayo Saka
Mesut Ozil scored in the last minute of normal time for his first of the season after Martin Dubravka did not hold his shot
It was the great name talent that sealed the deal, spirit. A header from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang early in the second half was followed three minutes later by a low shot from Nicolas Pepe. Two expensive players with two important goals and the game was won. In the 90th minute there was a cry from Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and that gave Mesut Ozil a goal. The German left the field almost immediately for a standing ovation that hopefully did not convince him that his work was ready for the season. We will wait and see.
Then, deep in the added time, substitute Alexandre Lacazette scored to make it a rather crooked 4-0. For its part, Arteta will undoubtedly be satisfied. His team had only won one in seven Premier League games since he took the job in December, so that was necessary. Whatever he said during the break his team has certainly improved, he has to claim the honor for it. That is partly where coaches earn their money.
As for Newcastle and manager Steve Bruce, this was a bit of a “what if” afternoon. They did not deserve to lose by four and could have anticipated early. In the second half – down to two – the dangerous Allan Saint-Maximin hit a post. A goal then and the game would have lived like a match again. However, Newcastle does not have a punch. It is clear that the whole season was clear again here in North London.
And Alexandre Lacazette put an end to his own goalkeeper in the fifth minute of injury time to complete the victory
Dani Ceballos started his first Premier League game for Arsenal under Mikel Arteta and pulled the strings in midfield
EQUAL FACTS, PLAYER REVIEWS AND LEAGUE TABLE
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno 7; Bellerin 6, Mustafi 6, Luiz 6, Saka 7; Ceballos 6 (Torreira 82 6), Xhaka 6; Pepe 8, Ozil 7.5 (Willock 90 + 1 6.5), Aubameyang 7; Nketiah 6.5 (Lacazette 85 7)
Subs not used: Papastathopoulos, Martinez, Kolasinac, Martinelli
goals: Aubameyang 54, Pepe 57, Ozil 90, Lacazette 90 + 5
booked: Xhaka, Saka
Manager: Mikel Arteta 7.5
Newcastle (5-4-1): Dubravka 7; Lazaro 5.5 (Hayden 74 6), Fernandez 6 (Ritchie 75 6), Lascelles 6, Clark 6 (Schar 83 6), Rose 6; Almiron 6.5, Bentaleb 6, Sean Longstaff 6.5, Saint-Maximin 7; Joelinton 6.5
Subs not used: Lejeune, Darlow, Atsu, Matthew Longstaff
Manager: Steve Bruce 6
Referee: Lee Mason 6.5
Man of the competition: Pepe
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Newcastle was the better side early on and had the appearance of a team that had a decent transfer window, even though it was an impression that would not last in the afternoon. Certainly, their bank was the strongest they had seen for a while and they were particularly progressive in broad positions during the opening phase.
Below, Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin quickly struggled with the combination Danny Rose-Saint-Maximin, while on the other hand Valentino Lazaro – on loan from Inter – was also fleet-footed and direct. His afternoon started well but faded, like that of his new team.
Arsenal’s arrangement looked interesting. Lacazette stayed behind on the bench when the young striker Nketiah got a chance in the middle. On one side was Aubameyang and the other was Pepe. Özil was number ten.
It was a line-up that had to bear a lot of threat, but for a while the team’s threat was in black and white. In just the fifth minute, Lazaro got a chance on the far post after a cross by Joelinton was misjudged by the central defenders of Arsenal. A first-time shot was probably required, but instead the Austrian took the ball down, defeated a player but was then robbed of possession when he finally looked to shoot.
Those problems became opportunities when Longstaff’s planed attempt was deviated from Ceballos but saved by Bernd Leno
Saint-Maximin then got the upper hand from Ceballos, but Joelinton set his kick back when the striker was well placed
Arsenal was not yet arranged at this stage. Newcastle midfield was sharper and faster to the ball and that would have disappointed Arteta, who took the job in December and asked his players to let him work hard at least.
His defense was stretched again in fifteen minutes and this time Arsenal was lucky to survive. A corner was played directly from the top left where Sean Longstaff was stationed on the edge of the penalty area. His volley was not hit well, but when Dani Ceballos turned it to the corner with a nod of his head, Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno did the will to save on the piece.
Joelinton then took a low pass from Saint-Maximin wide beside the post when a more natural goal scorer might have done better. It seemed a matter of time at this stage before Newcastle took one of their chances.
But Arsenal came alive in the last 10 minutes of the first half, with Mesut Özil at the heart of the home team’s attacking moves
And as a result Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Eddie Nketiah and Shkodran Mustafi all give half a chance before the break
Arsenal started the second half brighter and nearly took the lead when Nketiah cut the bar after meeting Pepe’s cross
That would have given Arsenal a character test. The atmosphere in the Emirates was a bit edgy as it was.
Slowly the home team found a way to get into the game. And when they did, they created opportunities. The young Saka curled one shot narrowly in the 21st minute and then Özil completely petrified Longstaff with a little foot. The pass from the German to Aubameyang was also on the money, and Dubravka had to save his near-post shot the first time.
Dubravka was re-worked in the 37th minute as the Arsenal threat grew. Ozil was again the provider of the key pass and found a bag of space to feed Nketiah. The shot was again made the first time and this time Dubravka saved the diving to his left.
The Newcastle goalkeeper is a great player and has been important this season. But he made himself difficult just before half-time when he touched a free kick from Pepe that never went inside. From the corner that followed, Dubravka advanced and hit weakly and when Shkodran Mustafi brought the ball back, Joelinton had to head it off the line.
But Arsenal would eventually take the lead when Aubameyang takes the highest point in the back to nod at Pepe’s cross
Pepe then scored the second after helping the first with a low finish after Saka Valentino Lazaro pinched
Saint-Maximin almost halved the deficit after the Gunners made a mistake near their penalty area, but the post hit
So Arsenal achieved peace after a certain amount of assertion. It had taken too long, but it was crucial that their levels remained high at the start of the second period and it was there that the competition was won.
Özil tasted more and more, undoubtedly encouraged by the space. His pass to Pepe in the 50th minute played his team-mate to the byline and when the Ivorian pulled the ball back to Nketiah, he hit it when he should have scored.
It felt like a big moment, but it was soon forgotten. Pepe took the ball on the right, went deep to Aubameyang and when he jumped between Lazaro and Federico Fernandez, he was able to head the ball back over goal and into the corner. It was a great implementation of the forward but pretty gloomy defensive organization by Newcastle too.
And the news got worse for Steve Bruce late when defender Ciaran Clark had to leave the field injured
Over the course of about 20 minutes, it was a goal that deserved the improvement of Arsenal. But what really killed Newcastle was the second three minutes later.
This time there was no doubt about the quality. Young Saka put the ball through Lazaro’s legs on the other side and looked up to find Pepe. The left foot finish was delivered for the first time from 12 yards and Dubravka had no chance.
How different everything suddenly felt. There was life in the Emirates and there wasn’t much left in Newcastle that suddenly looked like a side that needed word of mouth.
A goal back would have helped the Bruce team. It could have been 63 minutes into the match when David Luiz’s toe diverted Ciaran Clark’s shot from close range on the post. Then, ten minutes or so later, Saint-Maximin hit the frame of the goal from 20 meters. That would have been a good cause, but when that opportunity slipped away, Newcastle also lost hope for a revival.
A win with two goals would have been good, but Newcastle felt the pace terribly late and Arsenal’s fresh legs off the bench killed them to set up Ozil – a shot fell horribly over the line by Dubravka – and then Lacazette, given room in the box by tired defenders.
Mesut Ozil then finally got his first of the season after Dubravka did not keep his efforts out of the ball of Alexandre Lacazette