Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang marked his first Premier League appearance for almost a month by scoring in a 2-0 victory at Newcastle United.
Arsenal went ahead on five minutes when the Gabonese striker mishit his shot and the ball fell invitingly for Mohamed Elneny, who fired in his first PL goal.
Grant Xhaka’s 29th-minute shot was tipped over by Martin Dubravka before Elneny’s header was cleared off the line by Miguel Almiron from the resulting corner.
The Gunners’ pressure was rewarded on 66 minutes when Aubameyang acrobatically volleyed in a brilliant left-wing delivery from Gabriel Martinelli, meaning he has scored in five successive league matches versus Newcastle.
Fabian Schar was sent off for a challenge on Martinelli late on as Arsenal moved up to ninth in the table on 49 points, five adrift of the top six.
Newcastle have now lost 16 of their last 17 PL showdowns with Arsenal, bucking the trend with a 2-1 win in April 2018. And it’s not hard to see why today: their only shot on target in this match came in the 19th minute through Allan Saint-Maximin.
Newcastle remain 17th, nine points clear of the relegation zone with four matches remaining.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said:
“We’re disappointed because we haven’t got near the performances of late. Arsenal played well. It’s a poor goal after four minutes. When you’re chasing against these lads it’s always going to be difficult. Arsenal were the better side today it was as simple as that”
Elnney, scorer of the winning goal, said:
“I’m really happy about my first goal. The feeling is amazing, I’ve been dreaming about scoring a goal in the Premier League. My celebration came from my heart and I thank God for the opportunity. It’s great for the managers to rotate the players. Everyone is ready to start, we’re all fighting for positions, everyone gives their best to help the team. It was an important win today”.