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Arsenal v Newcastle LIVE: Result and reaction from Premier League as Saka scores in big Gunners win

Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle: The sublime Gunners tore the Magpies apart to close the gap to Liverpool at the top to just two points

Luke Baker
Saturday 24 February 2024 22:14 GMT
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Arsenal doled out another devastating Premier League defeat as they cruised past Newcastle to move two points off the top of the table. Having thrashed West Ham and Burnley away from home, the Gunners returned to the Emirates Stadium where they easily dispatched of Eddie Howe’s side, winning 4-1 in Saturday’s late kick-off.

A Sven Botman own goal set them on their way before goals from Kai Havertz, Bukayo Saka and Jakub Kiwior rounded off another fine display from Mikel Arteta’s men, although the returning Joe Willock’s late header ruined another clean sheet.

The win, coming on the back of a galling late loss in their Champions League last-16 clash with Porto on Wednesday, moves them to within two points of leaders Liverpool and just a point shy of Manchester City in second place.

Their recent run of free-scoring performances, winning their last three games at an aggregate of 15-1, also means Arsenal boast the best goal difference in the division.

Relive Arsenal vs Newcastle below:


Arsenal tear Newcastle’s plan to pieces to claim the sweetest revenge

Kieran Trippier pointed at Fabian Schar. Fabian Schar pointed to Loris Karius. Loris Karius pointed to Tino Livramento. Everyone pointed at Sven Botman. Bruno Guimaraes kicked something in red, just for something to do. On the touchline, Eddie Howe stood with hands on hips. Over Howe’s shoulder, Jason Tindall stood with hands on hips, whispering in Howe’s ear. Newcastle’s plan was in pieces. Thrashed by Arsenal, this was no contest.

Yet Arsenal were outstanding. Mikel Arteta’s side took the hurt of Wednesday night’s defeat in Porto and the frustration of November’s defeat at St James’ Park to move two points off top with their sixth Premier League win in a row. Under the lights at the Emirates, Arsenal were intense and ferocious, their work and effort off the ball in pressing Newcastle into submission only matched by the quality and precision of their attacking play. Bukayo Saka’s weaving third after the hour-mark belatedly gave Arsenal some breathing space following an opening 45 minutes of utter domination.

It was clear just how much Arsenal enjoyed this; Arteta’s side didn’t just beat Newcastle, they destroyed them. In the evisceration, Martin Odegaard turned and roared after chasing Guimaraes into his own box and sending the Brazilian crashing to the turf as he blocked his clearance, such was Arsenal’s desire for the game to be played exclusively in the Newcastle half. Last season, when Newcastle possessed the league’s best defence, capable of arriving at the Emirates and shutting out the hosts, such a fixture may have suited them. But Newcaslte are not the same side - and the excuse of their injury crisis is wearing thin.

Read Jamie Braidwood’s full report from the Emirates:

Arsenal tear Newcastle’s plan to pieces to claim the sweetest revenge

Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle: The Gunners went two points off top after dominating Eddie Howe’s side at the Emirates

Luke Baker24 February 2024 22:06

Kai Havertz reacts to Arsenal win

Speaking on TNT Sports, Kai Havertz said: “It was very important to win today. We had a tough game on Wednesday, we wanted to win today and I think we deserved it.

“I’ve known Jorginho a long time and it’s always nice to play with him. We know each other well, it makes life easy for me. He’s a world-class player.

“It’s nice to play here, the fans give us so much energy, they are so important for us and showed it again today. It gave us a big boost.”

Bukayo Saka added: “I’m happy with another goal and happy to win, most importantly. I’m working hard every day on the training ground and giving my best. I’ve got great teammates giving me good passes which helps!

“We’ve got a lot of quality going forward, it’s starting to click, we’ve got confidence and the chemistry is building.”

Luke Baker24 February 2024 22:04

FULL-TIME! Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle

All over as Arsenal rip Newcastle to shreds. Brilliant performance and they move just two points behind Liverpool in the Premier League title race.

Luke Baker24 February 2024 21:55

OFF THE LINE! Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle

90+2 mins: Burn gets caught out on the touchline by Nelson but doesn’t give up and gets back to hook Smith Rowe’s shot off the line when it’s worked to him in the box. It fell to Smith Rowe and he hammered it goalwards, past Karius but Burn saved his team.

Luke Baker24 February 2024 21:52

Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle

90 mins: Five minutes of added time to see us out in north London.

Luke Baker24 February 2024 21:49

Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle

88 mins: Jorginho comes off to a standing ovation and Mohamed Elneny will come on for the final knockings. Jorginho has been sublime today.

Luke Baker24 February 2024 21:48

GOAL! Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle (Joe Willock 84’)

Newcastle pull one back and it’s ex-Arsenal man Joe Willock with the finish. It’s actually a really nice goal from the Magpies

Harvey Barnes drives forward and has Arsenal retreating before slipping a reverse pass to Gordon who then finds Burn on the overlap down the left. The big man dinks in a cross, Willock rises and cranes his neck to power a looped header over Raya. Great finish and even the Arsenal fans applaud their academy graduate scoring against them.

Luke Baker24 February 2024 21:43

Arsenal 4-0 Newcastle

Here was that goal from Saka. A thing of beauty, although Livramento won’t want to watch it back.

Luke Baker24 February 2024 21:41

Arsenal 4-0 Newcastle

77 mins: Arsenal are the first team in Premier League history to score two goals in seven consecutive halves of football. They’ve had their scoring boots on over the past few games. They’re right in the title hunt,

Luke Baker24 February 2024 21:36

Arsenal 4-0 Newcastle

74 mins: But the corner goes straight into Raya’s hands. Arsenal try to counter but the referee can’t get out of the way as the ball is quickly thrown out. He apologises.

Triple Arsenal sub as Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson come on for Havertz, Saka and Odegaard

Luke Baker24 February 2024 21:34

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