Arsenal beat Newcastle in a very comfortable 2-0 victory at the Emirates and went back to winning ways, following a lacklustre showing in their defeat against Liverpool a week ago.
Goals by Arsenal youngsters Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka ensured Arsenal maintained their grip of fifth place and kept the pressure on West Ham who is above them in fourth place courtesy of a +11 goal difference.
Arsenal beat Newcastle comfortably
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe led his team out for the first time since taking over as manager and recovering from Covid-19, as Newcastle fell behind to a Bukayo Saka goal in the 56th minute.
Saka later limped off the pitch a few minutes later and was substituted off for Brazilian dynamo Gabriel Martinelli, who only needed 93 seconds to make his mark on the game – Takehiro Tomoyasu found him with a delightful long pass and the Brazilian finished it off with a skilful goal.
The victory marks Arsenal’s 18th victory against Newcastle in their last 19 meetings across all competitions, as the latter still remain without a single win in the league with almost half the season passed. They currently languish hopelessly at the bottom of the table.
Martinelli sends message to Mikel Arteta
Gabriel Martinelli made only his fifth appearance of the season for the Gunners, coming on for the last 25 minutes of the game. Speaking to the media after his goalscoring appearance, Gabriel Martinelli insisted that he was “always ready” in a bid to convince Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to start him in games more often.
Martinelli said: “As I always say, even if I play two, five, ten minutes I am always ready to play and show something to the team, the manager and the fans. This victory was for everyone, not just me. It was for everyone; the team, the staff, the fans.”
Mikel Arteta also spoke to the press after the victory and said that it was important for his side to bounce back after the defeat against Liverpool. He said that Bukayo Saka’s finishing for the first goal, as well as Martinelli’s technique, was very impressive.
He touched on Saka’s injury and said that he has to assess the situation after his scan tomorrow as he played down Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top four, preferring to go one game at a time and only think about the next game – his next focus is the upcoming game next week against Man United.