Classy Arsenal back to winning ways

English Premier League

Arsenal put on a second-half master class to thump Newcastle United 4-0 in the Premier League on Sunday evening.

Three changes for the Gunners saw Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos introduced along with a rare start for the young Eddie Nketiah, who replaced Alexandre Lacazette uprfront.

Newcastle nearly bagged a 13th minute opener after an inswinging corner found Sean Longstaff, whose half-volley deflected off Ceballos before bringing Bernd Leno to a palm.

The probing didn’t stop from Newcastle as Allan Saint-Maximin eased past Granit Xhaka on the byline to set-up Joelinton, who went agonisingly wide off the near-post moments later.

Arsenal soon went on the charge and a free-kick from Pepe brought Martin Dubravka to a finger-tip save five minutes to the break, while a goal-line clearance from the visiting side within a minute denied the Gunners the opener following Shkodran Mustafi’s snap-shot from a corner kick.

The Gunners continued riding the wave following the second half, and Aubameyang rose to head in the opening goal from Pepe's cross on 54 minutes.

Good work from Nketiah on the left two minutes later resulted in a low cross to the area for Pepe, who slammed into the near post from an unmarked position to double the home side's lead.

Leno was well beaten with 15 minutes to go as Saint-Maximin went close to halving the deficit with a curler from outside the area that hit the frame of the goal.

The Gunners put the Magpies out of their misery when a cut back in the area from Lacazette found Mesut Ozil, who beat Dubravka from close-range with a scuffed effort a minute to stoppage time

Lacazette got back to scoring ways as he fired home a low cross into the area moments later as the Gunners ran out 4-0 winners on the night.