Aubameyang 7/10 after scoring on return to starting XI at Newcastle

arsenal moved back inna'da top ½ of the premier league table after winning 2-0 against newcastle ∪d at st. james’ park.

the gunners got off to the perfect start when mohamed elneny reacted quickly to a loose ball onna edge of the box to strike home inna 6th minute. and mikel arteta’s side continued to control the game, leading 1-0 at ½-time without any real threat from newcastle.

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gabriel martinelli looked dangerous throughout the game and twas the brazilian who ‘d help double arsenal’s lead inna 2nd ½, finding pierre-emerick aubameyang witha precise cross inna 66th minute.

the result never looked in doubt after the 2nd goal as newcastle continued to be stifled by arsenal’s hard-working midfield and defence. the dy went from bad to worse for the home side when fabian schar was dismissed for a reckless challenge on martinelli inna 90th minute.

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arsenal were able to control the majority of the game while gettin backin №s to nullify newcastle’s counter-attacking threat. the gunners had the better of possession and found a good balance tween advancing up the field and maintaining a solid defensive structure.

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granit xhaka ‘d ‘ve been sent off on another dy, which ‘d ‘ve altered the result of the game. while arsenal’s central players ‘d ‘ve produced +, it’s difficult to be crit w'da gunners who exploited the weakest zones in newcastle’s system.

manager rating out of 10

8 — arteta’s balanced team selection helped arsenal ‘ve the better of the chances while making it difficult for steve bruce’s side t'get onna scoresheet. the spanish manager’s tactical approach made the game look like twas never in doubt.

player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

gk mat ryan, 7 — the australian goalkeeper didn’t ‘ve too much to deal with on sun afternoon but was alert to the danger when called upon.

df hector bellerin, 7 — runs down the rite flank helped arsenal transition quickly into dangerous crossing zones and this was vital inna build up to the opening goal. the spanish defender also worked hard on defence, reacting well to movement from allan saint-maximin and miguel almiron.

df david luiz, 7 — a long pass down the line released hector bellerin inna lead up to arsenal’s opener and luiz was performing strongly b4 bein’ forced off with wha’ looked to be a hamstring injury inna 2nd ½.

df gabriel, 7 — the 23-yr-old didn’t ‘ve too much to deal with as arsenal defended in №s against allan saint-maximin, leaving newcastle few opportunities to create anything meaningful. the brazilian ‘d ‘ve done better when heading over from a well-worked set piece.

df granit xhaka, 6 — a careless tackle for yello card meant xhaka had to be careful playing as left-back on sun afternoon, but'a swiss international was ♣y to not be sent off after taking a chance witha challenge inna 2nd-½.

mf mohamed elneny, 7 — the egyptian midfielder scored his 1st ever premier league goal when guiding a volley past martin dubravka inna 6th minute. the 28-yr-old almost got a 2nd, but saw his header cleared off the line atta near post.

mf dani ceballos, 6 — arsenal controlled the ball for large pts of the game with dani ceballos the + advanced of the double pivot. the spanish midfielder kept the play ticking and worked well as the link tween the midfield and attack.

mf willian, 6 — the brazilian linked well with hector bellerin and put in some dangerous set-pieces but ‘d ‘ve been + + onna ball from open-play.

mf martin odegaard, 6 — final ball ‘d ‘ve been better at times from the on-loan real madrid attacking midfielder, though the norweigan faced a difficult task with steve bruce’s side compact defensively inna central zones of the pitch.

mf gabriel martinelli, 8 — the 19-yr-old attacked the line without fear against jacob murphy and was able t'work some good attacking situations from tite spaces. newcastle were eventually hurt by the brazilian after a pinpoint cross found aubameyang for arsenal’s 2nd goal of the game.

fw pierre-emerick aubameyang, 7 — the arsenal frontman, making his 1st start for the club in a mnth, worked hard and his persistence was rewarded when finding space atta back post to convert a martinelli cross.

substitutes

df calum chambers , 6 — chambers came on early inna 2nd ½ for the injured luiz and was tested early witha ball delivered in with vigour towards the near post na defender was alert to the danger.

fw nicolas pepe, n/r — the ivorian winger was brought on for aubameyang as a counter-attack threat against a higher newcastle ∪d line.

mf thomas ptey, n/r — the defensive midfielder replaced odegaard with 5 minutes remaining to help see out the remainder of the game.

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