Arsenal thumped Newcastle United to a magnificent 4-0 win, with all four goals dropping in the second half of the clash at the Emirates stadium.
Despite a lackluster first half, the Gunners still succeeded at knocking out the Magpies. The training camp in Dubai definitely paid off well as the North London outside came back from the break with a bang.
Mikel Arteta featured a surprising starting line-up fitting Saka in right back position in what many consider to be a precautionary measure to give Kolasinac who is already suffering a back injury rest. Perhaps, the more surprising starts were Nketiah and Ceballos in place of Lacazette and Guendouzi/Torreira respectively.
Although Arsenal were lacklustre in the first forty-five minutes, the first half was still lively as both sides pushed for a goal. Ceballos was Arsenal’s standout player, making quick dribbles and passes that were reminiscent of his performance against Burnley.
Towards the close of the first half, Ozil had found his spark, making laser-guided passes towards the running forwards but the hosts couldn’t find any luck in the final third against an organized Newcastle defence.
After the interval, Arsenal had a couple of chances but failed to find the net till the 53rd minute. Few minutes to the hour, Pepe dribbled his way into the box and crossed towards the far post with Aubameyang converting from a header.
Pepe was at the centre stage of the second as well. The Ivorian received a pass from right back Saka and slotted the ball in with his left foot.
Those two quickfire goals inspired a reaction from the Magpies but they couldn’t quite hit the mark.
Arsenal slowed down their tempo in the closing stages of the encounter. However, that didn’t deter the Gunners from showing their dominance and Ozil registering his name on the scoresheet.
Just when anyone would have thought it was all over, Lacazette who provided the assist for Ozil’s goal and came on as a substitute for Nketiah got himself a goal as well after suffering a lengthy goal drought.