The floodgates opened in the second half as a dominant Arsenal unlocked Newcastle's defence repeatedly on Monday.
It took until the second half, but Arsenal's dominance on the ball ultimately paid off as the Gunners eased past an overmatched Newcastle side 3-0 on Monday.
A pair of goals by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a 60th-minute strike by Bukayo Saka propelled Arsenal to victory after a tentative opening half brought flashbacks of last week's uninspiring scoreless draw with Crystal Palace. However, a motivated Arsenal side ensured that it would not be repeating that Palace letdown as the Gunners played a spirited second-half punctuated by the trio of goals.
It actually could've been worse for Newcastle, who allowed 20 shots (six on target) while ceding 67 percent possession to the hosts. Regardless, the result is the same as the Gunners continue their good form while the Magpies inch closer to the dreaded relegation zone.
Lacazette turns and fires a low shot from inside the Newcastle area, forcing Darlow to get low quickly. The 'keeper does well to react, because he didn't have a clear line of sight with several players between him and Lacazette.
No stoppage time was given as the referee blows for halftime right at 45:00.
Arsenal had 68% of the ball and generated seven attempts at goal, but only one shot was on target. It's been a half of meaningless possession for the home side, while Newcastle looks to break quickly through Almiron, potentially finding the head of Carroll in the box.
Through 28 minutes it's obvious that Newcastle is trying to counterattack through Almiron on the right side. The winger has seen a lot of the ball (when the Magpies retrieve it), and his pace is a primary weapon against the Gunners.
Unfortunately for Newcastle, Almiron's crossing has left much to be desired, but he's a left-footer playing on the right so that's always going to be tough.
Aubameyang hits a tight-angle shot across the face of goal and connects with the far post in the 15th minute. You'd have put money on him to score that one, but the angle made it a tougher finish than it initially looked.