LONDON (AP) – Newcastle’s winless start to the Premier League season extended to 13 games after a 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Saturday.
Bukayo Saka and his replacement Gabriel Martinelli scored in the second half to send last-placed Newcastle, which has recently come under Saudi ownership, to a seventh loss of the season.
Arsenal finished fifth, but are now level on points with fourth-placed West Ham as the team recovers from losing its opening three games of the season.
Saka ran a clever pass from Nuno Tavares’ left side and shot goalkeeper Martin Dubravka into the far corner in the 56th minute to put Arsenal ahead.
Saka hurt his left leg shortly after his goal and, after playing for some time, was replaced by Martinelli in the 64th. The 20-year-old Brazilian scored within two minutes.
Running on a high pass off Takehiro Tomiyasu’s right behind on the Newcastle defence, Martinelli sent a volley to Dubrawaka with one of his first touches of the ball.
Recently hired Newcastle manager Eddie Howe was set aside for the match – he was absent for his first charge of the club, last week’s 3-3 draw against Brentford, after contracting the coronavirus – but his team did. Barely troubled Arsenal’s defense.
Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was seriously called into action in the middle of the first half only to tip a long-range shot from Jonjo Shelve into the middle of the bar.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang somehow failed to score from barely 3 meters (yards) in the extraordinary moment of the first half, his attempt on the rebound instead of hitting outside the post.
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