Arsenal beat Newcastle United 2-1 to achieve their third consecutive Premier League win of the season.

A free kick by midfielder Granit Xhaka and a goal by Mesut Ozil gave the Gunners a 2-1 win at Newcastle United despite a disappointing first-half performance on Saturday. 

Jacob Murphy had the best opportunity of the first half, but his header was saved by the determined hand of the Arsenal Goalkeeper Petr Cech. Newcastle’s first-half approach illustrated precisely how to obstruct Arsenal’s play under coach Unai Emery, and both Cech and Mustafi appeared wavering on the ball under recurring pressure. But the Gunners were able to take charge of the game as the hosts’ initial enthusiasm weakened.

Despite being discouraged in the first half, Granit Xhaka initiated the scoring for the Gunners with an exceptional long-range free-kick at the 49th minute after the break after Newcastle’s Federico Fernandez brought down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the border of the box and Xhaka stepped up to hit the free-kick into the top right-hand corner from over 30 yards.

Arsenal doubled their lead nine minutes later when Alexandre Lacazette‘s shot was blocked and Ozil reacting quickest to the loose ball secured a goal home from the edge of the area. 

Arsenal looked increasingly stable following Ozil’s cool finish and were able to see the play out despite Clark’s late reply as Emery’s side continued to control. Substitute Ciaran Clark scored a consolation header 1 minute into stoppage time, but Arsenal held on for the 3 points. Ciaran Clark headed home a cross from Fernandez in stoppage time to throw Newcastle a salvation, but they could not find an extra goal and fell to their fourth defeat in five Premier League games this season.

The result means Newcastle are 18th in the table with a single point while Arsenal rise to 7th with 9 points. The Gunners host Ukranian club Vorskla in the UEFA Europa League on Friday, 21st September.

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