Ebene News – UA – Aubameyang back on target as Arsenal manage to win at Newcastle

For about 90 minutes on Tyneside, something strange happened: it was possible to believe that Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal is really “the new Invincibles” after all

Regardless of whether the visitors started in 11th place, a regressive Newcastle has made the hitherto struggling 2020-21 class of Arteta the worthy heirs to Arsene Wenger’s winning team of almost two decades ago

Villarreal scouts doing their homework ahead of the Europa League semi-final second leg on Thursday may have wondered if they were really looking at the squad that was lucky enough to lose only 2-1 in Spain last week

Given the potential for Thursday’s return to the Emirates to save the most disappointing season, the Arsenal manager had clearly prioritized this rematch, making eight changes as he fielded a set of so-called second players

While a somewhat unknown team record with Granit Xhaka operating again as an ersatz left-back offered hope for Newcastle, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was put back on the attack following a bout of malaria

Although inadvertently the Gabonese international helped cut Steve Bruce’s game plan dramatically Only six minutes had passed when Héctor Bellerín’s pace carried him past Matt Ritchie on the visiting right Bellerín crossed for Aubameyang only for the center-forward to end up slipping an empty boot before the ball was deflected to Mohamed Elneny just inside the zone

He bounced awkwardly and high enough, but Elneny possessed the technique to send a technically difficult half volley beyond Martin Dubravka’s reach It was the Egyptian midfielder’s first goal in the Premier League for Arsenal and he was quick to hail David Luiz for his role in Bellerín’s initial selection thanks to a visionary pass lifted, majestically, out of central defense

Arteta’s side continued to dominate possession in the first half, leaving Newcastle looking half a yard off pace and at times oddly disengaged The indomitable spirit that had lifted Bruce’s players out of a crash as eight points had been collected in the last four matches was gone

In its place, alarming reminders of the seemingly relegated squad that had won just two of their previous 20 games were littered all over the pitch, with only Allan Saint-Maximin raising the tone.

When the French striker slalomed past two defenders, his ensuing shot deflected Xhaka, forcing Mat Ryan to flip the ball acrobatically over the crossbar, but that aside, the second goalkeeper Arteta’s choice didn’t have much to do

With Elneny and Dani Ceballos eclipsing Jonjo Shelvey and Sean Longstaff and controlling the central midfielder, Dubravka was the keeper under pressure

The Slovakia international did well to repel Xhaka’s 20-yard turn and seemed relieved to see Aubameyang rule out a decent chance, while Miguel Almirón had to clear Elneny’s goal header out of the line

Xhaka had collected a reservation for a foul on Saint-Maximin after just 20 minutes but Newcastle seemed unable to highlight the clear defensive vulnerabilities of a substitute left-back who needed to watch his step

As news of Manchester United fan protests at Old Trafford trickled all the way to Tyneside, Bruce must have been very relieved that no local supporters were allowed inside St James ‘Park S’ they had been present throughout this season it seems inconceivable that he would still be in post In the meantime all visiting players Ryan and Willian had taken a shot at Newcastle’s goal

David Luiz’s potential to deal extra damage was suppressed early in the second half when the defender, newly recovered from a knee injury, was hampered by hamstring issues

Xhaka then escaped a possible second yellow card after controlling Longstaff and his team quickly doubled their advantage thanks to Gabriel Martinelli’s stellar cross and Aubameyang’s spectacular scoring volley.

While Fulham and West Brom presumably felt a renewed glimmer of hope in their race to avoid relegation, Bruce’s misery escalated when substitute Fabian Schär was given a red card at 90 minutes for a horribly challenge. late on Martinelli

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Ebene News – UA – Aubameyang returns to target as Arsenal manages to win in Newcastle

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/may/02/newcastle-arsenal-premier-league-match-report