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Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle United: Revenge is best served with a thrashing

Arsenal stayed in the race with their Premier League title rivals by securing a commanding 4-1 victory at home against Newcastle United on Saturday night.

The Gunners were determined to bounce back after their unexpected 1-0 loss to Porto in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday. And they proved their worth with an impressive display on their home turf.

From the outset, the Magpies found themselves outplayed and didn’t deserve to leave the Emirates Stadium with any points.

Newcastle found themselves under pressure early on, as Arsenal consistently won the ball high up the pitch. Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice both tested Loris Karius early in the match, with Karius replacing the ill Martin Dubravka in goal.

Arsenal capitalized on the early pressure and took the lead in the 18th minute. Gabriel Magalhaes met a corner from Saka, his header saved by Karius, but the rebound deflected in off Sven Botman’s legs.

Just six minutes later, the Gunners doubled their lead. Jorginho’s clever pass found Gabriel Martinelli, who crossed for Kai Havertz to tap in.

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Gunners continue steamrolling opponents

Karius thwarted Saka’s attempt at the near post before the break, squeezing between Tino Livramento and Anthony Gordon.

Newcastle failed to register a single shot in the first half, marking the first time since 2014 they had gone without one, and their second half started similarly as Havertz found space behind their defense but failed to convert.

The visitors’ first shot came in the 49th minute, as Gordon cut inside and tested David Raya from distance.

On the hour mark, Alexander Isak’s shot sailed over the bar after he drifted past William Saliba.

However, Arsenal extended their lead with their next attack. Botman’s errant pass was intercepted by Havertz, who set up Saka for a goal.

Jakub Kiwior then scored Arsenal’s 19th set-piece goal of the season, heading in from a Rice corner.

Newcastle managed a consolation goal in the final minutes through Joe Willock, whose header from Dan Burn’s cross found the net.

Burn cleared an effort from Emile Smith Rowe off the line in stoppage time as Arsenal secured a 4-1 victory.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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