May 11, 2021

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Arteta: Arsenal showed ‘real quality’ as they eased past Newcastle

Mikel Arteta suggested Arsenal were in full control of their game against Newcastle as they beat the winners 2-0 at St James’ Park.

The Gunners got off to a good start and took the lead in the fifth minute. Hector Bellerin advanced on the right flank before bringing him back into the zone.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made a mess of his effort but he fell nicely for Mohamed Elneny on the edge of the surface. The midfielder struck well, beating Martin Dubravka to score his very first Premier League goal.

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Arsenal were never really threatened by Newcastle and they took more control of the game in the 66th minute.

Martin Odegaard sacked to Gabriel Martinelli on the left side. The striker did well by crossing it in the box towards Aubameyang. The striker was not mistaken in converting him at close range.

Fabian Schar was sent off for Newcastle late in the game for a reckless challenge on Martinelli. He finished 2-0 and this victory puts Arsenal in ninth place in the Premier League.

Arteta told Sky Sports after the game, as quoted by BBC Sport, that the Gunners put a poor result behind them against Newcastle:

“This match has shown that our goal is still there in the Premier League. We believe anything is possible if you earn points and we wanted to eliminate bad results.

“We had a great attitude, some real quality moments and full control from the start.

“We refreshed the team because we played so many games. Thursday was very demanding but the team was really engaged and focused on this game and that’s why we won.

“We controlled the game and sped it up when we needed it. The early goal gave us the confidence we needed after Thursday’s loss.

“We have to do our best and finish as high as possible.

“You need great performance and we got it today.”

On David Luiz’s injury: “It’s amazing the number of injuries we’ve had. We are losing big players.

“It’s a shame because David made a big effort.”