Arsenal vs. Newcastle United – Football Match Report – November 27, 2021

Arsenal tied fourth-placed West Ham United on points after their comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday.

Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli scored in the second half to meet coach Mikel Arteta’s team, after suffering a 4-0 defeat against Liverpool last week.

There was concern for Saka when he walked off the field limping with an injury later in the second half.

The result leaves Newcastle unbeaten after 13 league games and rooted at the bottom of the table.

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“I’m happy with the points after losing last weekend. You have to win right away. In general, I’m happy,” Arteta said in a post-match interview.

“The word was we had to be patient. We had to play with urgency and rhythm. That’s what we did in the second half. We found spaces and that’s how we scored goals.”

Arsenal dominated possession throughout the first half but needed goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to make a stunning save from Jonjo Shelvey’s long-range attempt after 30 minutes.

Arsenal were overly deliberate but still clinched chances with Saka failing to score on a superb Qatari pass from Nuno Tavares.

Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who called up his first appearance of the season in place of Karl Darlow after recovering from injury, called up an acrobatic save to block Martin Odegaard’s free kick.

The hosts should have taken the lead just before the break, but Dubravka saved an Emile Smith Rowe header and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed from close range.

When Arsenal finally breached the Newcastle defense after 55 minutes, it was no surprise when Saka and Smith Rowe came on board.

The latter paired well with Tavares who slipped into Saka to blast his left foot past Dubravka from a tight angle.

Newcastle demanded a penalty when Callum Wilson chased Shelvey’s long pass forward, but Gabriel lost the balance within a minute.

Martinelli, who had just replaced the injured Saka, was picked up by a pass from Takehiro Tomiyasu and doubled Arsenal’s lead after 66 minutes with a clever finish for the first time. This was the young man’s second touch after coming.

The visitors tried to get back but were left without a win as Eddie Howe followed up for the first time into the bunker after recovering from COVID-19.

“I thought it was a good performance, especially the start,” he said. “We were good in the first half hour.”

“The interesting thing today is how we started and finished the match. We created chances.”

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