Arsenal 4-0 Newcastle: Lacazette on the score sheet in easy win for the Gunners
Arsenal 4-0 Newcastle: Lacazette on the score sheet in easy win for the Gunners
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Arsenal 4-0 Newcastle: Lacazette on the score sheet in easy win for the Gunners

Arsenal recorded their first league win since the New Years Day after recording a 4-0 win over Newcastle United at the Emirates on Sunday. 

Arsenal had started the game dominantly but a good break from Newcastle in the fifth minute was to see Joelinton overrun Mustafi down the left before hammering a cross that was controlled by Lazaro beyond the far post. The Newcastle new boy danced between two defenders but was denied by Aubameyang when he was just about to shoot.

Newcastle surge in the first few exchanges was to see midfielder Xhaka getting booked for pulling Lazaro off the ball. Leno was forced to make a huge save with Lazaro driving it to the edge of the D for Longstaff to volley.

Arsenal was looking disastrous and another good break from Newcastle saw the impressive Saint-Maximin finds the overlapping Bentaleb, whose low cross is too close to Leno.

The last ten minutes of the first half belonged to Arsenal with Aubameyang’s deflected long-range shot clearing the crossbar.

Arsenal came back a different team in the second half with Eddie Nketiah hitting the bar in the 50th minute. Ozil played a nice reverse pass to Pepe, who teased Clark and cut the ball back sharply to the edge of the six-yard box. Nketiah had to stretch slightly away from the goal before belting his effort off the bar.

If the crossbar wasn’t a warning enough, Arsenal was to take the lead four minutes later through Aubameyang. Ozil and Ceballos worked the ball across the field to Pepe on the right. He came back inside and lofted a high, hanging cross to the far post, where Aubameyang got between two defenders and planted a superb header across Dubravka.

It was two in three minutes with Pepe getting his name in the scoresheet. The goal was made beautifully by the young left-back Saka who nutmegged Lazaro on the left-wing, moved into the area and crossed low towards Mustafi and Pepe, who were both in space near the penalty spot. Pepe got there first to slide a first-time shot past Dubravka.

Changes were made by both coaches in their respective bids to turn the game into their favor and after Maxim had hit the post as Newcastle were trying to reduce the arrears, Ozil was to make it three in the 90th minute before Lacazette got his first goal in 10 games late own to add the cherry in the win.

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