Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli see off winless Newcastle | Premier League

Newcastle briefly threatened to defy the standards set by both their work this season and decade-long endeavors in the Emirates, but eventually normal service resumed. They’ve been winless in all competitions and have now lost 11 consecutive games at Arsenal, and that defeat ended up resting like most of them.

Eddie Howe could have taken the positives of a respectable first-half performance in the first game he supervised from the side of the field, but after the start of the second half their opponents were very strong, scoring good goals through Bukayo Saka and his substitute Gabriel Martinelli. His side are still at the bottom, a fact little to mourn Tyneside, while Arsenal maintain their interest in fourth after casting aside any remaining gloom from last weekend’s heavy defeat against Liverpool.

Hao chose a team that, despite the weight of its intent at first glance, would inevitably be required to ration its offensive ambition. When they felt emboldened to show some, they were inches away from taking the lead. Arsenal dominated 15 minutes ago, but in the half hour, a quick break saw Ryan Fraser hand over from the right half. Jonjo Shelvey loves to feast on scraps at his shooting range; His eyes lit up as the ball smashed toward him at 25 yards, and with a steady touch, he made a precision effort toward goal. She was heading inland when Aaron Ramsdale stretched out to the extreme, leading him to the crossbar and back. Shelvey fought another kick in the wake of the resulting corner kick, but this time Ramsdale captured the optimism rein.

There was nothing wrong with hitting the woodwork from this range, but the same couldn’t be said for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang four minutes before halftime. The Arsenal captain has produced a candidate to miss the season and, frankly, will add ammunition to suggestions that he is losing his touch. Saka swayed to the left sideline and brilliantly made a standing pass to Emile Smith Rowe for a header chance, even for a player lacking aerial prowess, likely to be converted. In case Martin Dubravka did a good job of saving, but he must have cursed his luck when Barrett fell straight to Aubameyang. The finish seemed a sure thing, but Aubameyang hit the left post when it looked like any contact would result in a goal.

It meant that Newcastle could step back into the dressing room and feel broadly satisfied. They were compact, Howe and his assistant Jason Tindall made sure of it with constant cajoling of technical territory, and they went relatively undisturbed for extended periods until Aubameyang’s embarrassment.

Gabriel Martinelli hits Martin Dubravka to double Arsenal's lead against Newcastle
Gabriel Martinelli hits Martin Dubravka’s goal to double Arsenal’s lead against Newcastle. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The opening stages were mainly notable in a series of wrangling between Callum Wilson and Gabriel Magalhaes, but a beautiful pass from Sambi Lukonga towards Saka opened up Newcastle at the end. Saka got the wrong side of Matt Ritchie, and had he made real contact, he would have upset Dubravka badly. His finish faded wide off the near post, but Arsenal followed suit to grab some initiative. Shortly thereafter, Dubravka made a quick save from Martin Odegaard’s free kick, which he was expected to block despite the acrobatics, and this was the sum of the action until crossbar and pole intervened and bewildered.

Arsenal managed 12 goal attempts in the first half, although a number of them were unruly. Saka corrected this after a more convincing re-emergence from the hosts. He had already forced Dubravka to the rescue once again after floating inside from the right when Saka found Smith-Raw in a tight spot on the opposite flank before sprinting into the penalty area. Smith Rowe immediately managed to locate Nuno Tavares and the left-back, whose inclusion after Robbie’s performance at Anfield caused a surprise, and made a clever right-footed pass into Saka’s ascending trajectory. The corner was tight but perfect for a low drive into the far corner; Saka did just that, and Arsenal made a huge splash.

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His last contribution was significant. In the 64th minute, having received a blow, Saka hurried to be replaced by Martinelli. The change did not hurt Arsenal. Within 90 seconds, Takehiro Tomiyasu raised a nimble pass for the first time toward Martinelli, who had run in yards of space to the right of the area. Martinelli let the ball fall over his shoulder, and watched it along the way before helping her overtake Dubravka in an aerial shot. This had been his first goal since May, and advancing such an explosive promise could only benefit from breaking this drought.

Prior to that, Wilson had run into a long pass from Shelvey but failed to get a shot under the gaze of Gabriel and Tavares. Requests for punishment have rightly fallen on deaf ears; The game would soon be within Newcastle’s reach, and while he saved Ramsdale belatedly from Allan Saint-Maximin, the scale of Howe’s task was palpable.

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