2-0! Arsenal beat Newcastle, moves 3rd: Premier League

by Samuel Abasi Posted on April 2nd, 2019

Aaron Ramsey‘s first half goal was all Arsenal needed in a tight 2-0 defeat of Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium on Monday. The 10th straight Premier League home win boosts Arsenal into third place in the Premier League, while Newcastle is 14th.

This victory came courtesy of goals from Aaron Ramsey and Alex Lacazette, who alongside Mesut Ozil were Arsenal most influential performers on the night.

Ramsey looked to have put Arsenal ahead off a 13th minute corner kick, but Anthony Taylor spied Sokratis’ hold of Florian Lejeune and the goal did not stand.

Ramsey flicked a ball to send Alexandre Lacazette into the box, and a bobbling ball ended up back in the Welshman’s range for a shot off the far post and into the goal for 1-0 in the 30th minute.

An earlier ‘goal’ from the Welshman was ruled out for a debatable foul from Sokratis, while Lacazette was denied on the stroke of half-time when Matt Ritchie spectacularly headed his goalbound effort off the line.

Matt Ritchie made a terrific goal line stop when a free-flowing move from Arsenal saw Alexandre Lacazette spin to lash a shot on goal in the first minute of first half stoppage.

OptaJoe@OptaJoe: 38 – Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 38 Premier League home games in which they’ve scored the first goal (W36 D2) since a 3-4 loss against Liverpool in August 2016. Sturdy. #ARSNEW

Arsenal yelled for a penalty kick when Lacazette’s end line cross attempt hit a sliding Paul Dummett‘s arm, but only a corner arrived for the Gunners.

Newcastle keeper dove forward to foil a cross from substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to strike partner Lacazette in the 68th.

Ki Sung-Yueng sent an arrow over the Arsenal goal shortly before the Gunners found their second through the typically clinical Lacazette.

There could have been more goals. Ozil – regularly a star performer against Newcastle – sold one outrageous dummy to set up a half-chance, and then played in Aubameyang with a sumptuous pass.

Neither opportunity was taken, but Newcastle offered little in response. For Unai Emery’s in-form team, this was a very comfortable win.

The Gunners move two points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the table, while Newcastle remain 14th, seven points above the bottom three.

The Gunners visit Everton on Saturday when Newcastle hosts Crystal Palace.

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