Arsenal produced 𝟯𝟱 passes in the build-up to Mesut Ozil’s goal – the most for any goal in the Premier League this season as the Gunners thrashed a helpless Newcastle United 4-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
All the eleven Arsenal players touched the ball during the move that saw the retired German play-maker trippled Mikel Arteta’s men during the thunderous Sunday evening.
Fresh from the mid-season break, the home side returned to Premier League action on Sunday and claimed a valuable victory as goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette saw off a resolute Newcastle side.
Mikel Arteta had spoken in his pre-match media duties of expecting a low block from the visitors, and that’s exactly what London side faced during a frustrating first half.
The Magpies were tightly disciplined and compact at the back, keeping chances to a minimum and posing a threat themselves on the counter.
However, Arsenal took the lead when Nicolas Pepe found Aubameyang at the back post with a searching cross who buried his header into the far corner in the 54th minute.
The mood inside the Emirates lifted in that instant, and three minutes later, Arsenal, who had in December, forfeited a one-nil lead at home to lose 1-2 to Chelsea, doubled the advantage as Saka brilliantly nutmegged his markers to get into the pubic area and then picked out Pepe to slam the ball in from close range.
Newcastle back attacked back forcing David Luiz back to make a superb intervention to deflect Ciaran Clark’s close-range effort around the post before the dangerous Allan Saint-Maximin hit the post with a curling effort not long afterwards.
Arsenal wrapped up the scoring in injury time when Pepe fed Alex Lacazette in the box, and the striker turned and found Ozil to poke in from close range.
There was still time for Lacazette to end his scoring drought with a late strike, as we sealed a morale-boosting win ahead of their trip to Athens later in the week for the Europa League Action against Olympiacos.The shock win puts Arsenal in the 10th position with a paltry 34 points from 26 games, seven behind 4th placed Chelsea who host Manchester United on Monday night.The shock win puts Arsenal in the 10th position with a paltry 34 points from 26 games, seven behind 4th placed Chelsea who host Manchester United on Monday night.
The shock win puts Arsenal in the 10th position with a paltry 34 points from 26 games, seven behind 4th placed Chelsea who host Manchester United on Monday night.
In other results: Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham beat Aston Villa 2-3 at Villa Park to move one point behind Chelsea in an interesting evening.