Arsenal too good for Newcastle

Full-time result-

Arsenal

Aubameyang P. (50′)
Saka B. (60′)
Aubameyang P. (77′)

3

0

Newcastle

 

 

MATCH STATS

Ball Possession: 66% – 34%
Goal Attempts: 20 – 4
Shots on Goal: 6 – 1
Shots off Goal: 11 – 2
Blocked Shots: 3 – 1
Free Kicks: 9 – 13
Corner Kicks: 7 – 2
Offsides: 4 – 1
Goalkeeper Saves: 1 – 3
Fouls: 9 – 8
Red Cards: 0 – 0
Yellow Cards: 0 – 0
Total Passes: 634 – 323
Tackles: 7 – 11
Attacks: 129 – 65
Dangerous Attacks: 68 – 33

3 points, 3 goals, and another clean sheet for the Gunners on a lovely Monday night of Premier League football.

Arsenal were back to their winning ways, thanks to some brilliant attacking football. Mikel Arteta’s men started the evening on the back of a goalless draw against Crystal Palace on Thursday night but a repeat of the scoreline was never an option as Arsenal were all attacking against the Magpies. The Gunners started the game with the return of Thomas Partey to the starting Line up, alongside Granit Xhaka and Emile Smith Rowe in midfield, while Kieran Tierney was called upon again at left-back and Cedric Soares started ahead of Hector Bellerin at right-back.

The first half was a free-flow attacking football from the Gunners, but they were not able to find the back of the net. Bukayo Saka’s shot from the right was directed into the path of Aubameyang, but his left-footed shot sailed unto the top of the crossbar as Arsenal came close to scoring. That was the most notable chance of the half as Arsenal were held on scoreless for the first half. Immediately after the restart, Arsenal got their breakthrough from their Skipper, Aubameyang, who latched onto a through ball from Thomas Partey from the left, cutting back unto his weaker left foot and sending a high finish into the Newcastle net to put the Gunners ahead.

In the 60th minute, Saka grabbed the second goal for the night after a nice piece of football from Emile Smith Rowe, who danced his marker inside out, before sending a low cross from the left into the path of Saka to shoot into the net and place the Gunners 2-0 up. Alexandre Lacazette should have made it 3 but his header towards goal was neatly saved for a corner kick.

Aubameyang got his second for the night and Arsenal’s third after a neat one-two combination down the right from Soares and Saka, with Soares letting the ball roll almost out of play on the touchline before sending a low cross for Aubameyang to tap into an empty net to make it 3-0. Newcastle would appeal for the ball going out of play, but the goal stood after the referee consulted with VAR. The Gunners then held for a comfortable victory to ensure that they finished the game with another clean sheet against Newcastle.

Auba

on the performance…

“Yes I am really pleased with the performance overall because collectively and individually it was really strong from the beginning. It took us longer than we wanted to score the first goal because in the first half we had some big chances as well, but overall the team looked confident, looked solid, looked compact and very clear about what we had to do, defending and attacking, so I am really pleased with the clean sheet, the goals, and overall the run and the momentum we have.”

~ Mikel Arteta

WHAT THIS MEANS

Arsenal would be delighted to know that they have a bit of creativity this time around as the return of Thomas Partey and the rise of Emile Smith Rowe has added another dimension to the Gunners’ attacking approach. Rob Holding’s renewed confidence is also a boost for the Gunners and soon, Mikel Arteta would have some selection headache at the back. WHAT A TIME TO BE AN ARSENAL MANAGER!!

Next, we continue our defence of the Emirates FA Cup as we hit the road for our fourth-round clash against either Southampton or Shrewsbury Town on Saturday. We then head to St Mary’s to face the Saints in the Premier League the following Tuesday, before hosting Manchester United at Emirates Stadium.

COYG!!!

Match Review by Patrick Alexander