NEwcastle’s losing start of the Premier League season extended to 13 games after a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.
Bukayo saka and the player who replaced him as a substitute, Gabriel Martinelli, scored goals in the second half, leading to a seventh defeat of the season against Newcastle, recently taken over by Saudi Arabia.
Arsenal stayed in fifth place but is now on par with fourth place West Ham continue to recover from their first three game losses of the season.
Saka made a nifty pass from left-back Nuno Tavares and shot goalkeeper Martin Dubravka into the far corner and put Arsenal ahead in the 56th minute.
Saka appears to have injured his left foot shortly after a goal was scored and, after a short game, was replaced by Martinelli in 64th place. The 20-year-old Brazilian scored in two minutes.
After making a raised pass from right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu over the Newcastle defense, Martinelli made one of the first touches of the ball past Dubravka.
Newcastle’s newly hired manager Eddie Howe was on the sidelines of this match – he was absent from his first meeting for the club, a 3-3 draw against Brentford last week, after being infected with the coronavirus – but his team had little to no concern about the defense. Arsenal.
Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was only heavily deployed to block a long-range shot by Jonjo Shelvey midway through the first half.
In a flashy moment of the first half, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang somehow failed to score from just 3 meters (yards) away, and his rebound effort hit the post.