Resurgent Arsenal jump to fifth spot

English Premier League

Arsenal moved closer to the top four in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United, who remain out a win this season.

The Gunners named one change from the loss to Liverpool in Martin Odegaard, but former player Joe Willock and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka picked out the Magpies starting stall.

Arsenal came close to get the opener inside 15 minutes after a diagonal ball in behind from Albert Sambi Lokonga caught the run of Bukayo Saka, but he dragged wide from a tight angle.

More trouble brewed for the Magpies four minutes later when Odegaard’s free-kick on the edge of the area brought Dubravka to an astounding reflex save.

The Gunners’ domination didn’t last long as the Magpies saw a scorcher of a strike outside the area on the half-hour mark from Jonjo Shelvey palmed onto the woodwork by Aaron Ramsdale.

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Another clear opening for Arsenal went by five minutes to halftime when Dubravka denied Emile Smith Rowe from close-range with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hitting the post on the rebound.

However, the Gunners made their dominance count ten minutes in the second half after Bukayo Saka got on the end of a delightful move to beat Dubravka with ease.

That happened to be Saka’s last involvement as a knee injury midway through the second period saw him withdrawn and Gabriel Martinelli introduced.

The latter made an instant impact after he ran onto a floating ball from the inside-right channel to finish off from a tight angle.

Newcastle continued to live on the ropes towards fulltime and nearly conceded a third from a clever attempt by Aubameyang, but Dubravka repelled.

In the end, the Gunners weathered the storm effectively well to register a victory following last week’s battering at Anfield.

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