Arsenal 2 Newcastle United 0
Ramsey 30, Lacazette 83

Arsenal recorded a perfect ten with their tenth consecutive home Premier League win after a deserved 2-0 win over Newcastle United at the Emirates. Aaron Ramsey struck the game’s opener on the half hour mark, with a precise finish after some good build up play from Alexandre Lacazette. The France striker was denied a first half goal when Matt Ritchie headed off his line after a smart shot on the turn. But Lacazette got his just rewards seven minutes from the end. Guendouzi won possession high up for Lacazette to deliberately sky a ball which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed on. Lacazette was on to the return in a flash to produce the deftest of lobs to beat Martin Dubravka and double the Arsenal lead.

After their warm weather training break in Dubai, Arsenal returned to a cooler north London, but the Emirates provided a heated atmosphere where the traveling Toon Army played their vocal part. Unai Emery made four changes from the Premier League side which saw off Manchester United. Laurent Koscileny and Granit Xhaka had picked up knocks, while Aubameyang was a substitute after picking up a temperature in the week. Matteo Guendouzi also started.

A bright start saw the Gunners knocking on the Magpies’ door, and they maybe felt they should have got the rub of the green when Ramsey fired in. However referee Anthony Taylor spotted Sokratis pull on Florian Lejeune’s arm. It was soft in the light of what we have come to see in the Premier League, and as Ramsey peeled away to celebrate, a foul was awarded. But Arsenal and Ramsey would not be denied for too long.

Guendouzi fed Ramsey who instinctively played in Lacazette from th left. With busy feet, the ball ricocheted off his marker but fell right for Ramsey to get the return before tucking in low shot past the dive of Dubravka for the opening goal.

Neat and compact in psession, Newcastle were passing with conviction, but didn’t really test Bernd Leno but the German had to be alert to Salomon Roondon’s shot which he pushed wide.

Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi were at their elusive best. One particular move from the left deserved a goal as Ozil pulled the strings. His cross needed a tap in, Dubravka wasn’t to be troubled. Arsenal went close to double their lead towards the end of the first half, as Lacazette controlled and turned to fire a shot which had the better of Dubravka, but Matt Ritchie was on the line to head clear.

Arsenal’s three man back line was holding firm, although a careless pass from Shkodran Mustafi almost came to cost his side. However as the game progressed, the Gunners grew in confidence.

Emery brought on Aubameyang for Iwobi on the hour mark, and that was the last thing a tiring Newcastle back line needed. The Gabon striker began on the left but was soon on the right with a rocket of a shot from Ozil’s pass which Dubravka had to save.

When Lacaztte and Aubameyang combine, you know that means only one thing. And that proved to be the case with seven minutes remaining. Ramsey had gone off with what Emery later described as cramp, and Mohamed Elneny was his 67th minute replacement.

Arsenal went through the gears. Having won possession high up, Guendouzi played in Lacazette. He knew where Aubameyang was and flighted a ball which his strike partner headed on. Instinctively, Lacaztte raced onto the ball despite the burly attentions of Jamaal Lascelles. The defender however had no answer, but had the best view in the stadium to see Lacazette produce a delicious lob to beat the on rushing Dubravka.

Lacazette was denied a late goal when Dubravka was adjudged to have been impeded as the ball was headed in. It looked harsh, but by then the Gunners were well in control for the three points. The win takes Arsenal above Spurs into third place into the Premier League.

They will want to keep the winning momentum going when they next travel to Everton on Sunday.