MESUT OZIL obtained Arsenal again on observe with a wondergoal winner towards Newcastle.
The Gunners had slipped to seventh within the desk earlier than kick-off having did not win any of their final three league matches.
However Ozil hooked a luxurious volley previous Toon stopper Rob Elliot from simply contained in the field within the 23rd minute.
And that was sufficient for Arsenal to maneuver again as much as fourth and hold their hopes of Champions League qualification alive.
Newcastle, in the meantime, at the moment are within the relegation zone for the primary time for the reason that opening week of the marketing campaign having misplaced eight of their final 9 winless matches.
And issues don’t get any simpler for Rafa Benitez’s boys, as they subsequent face a tough journey to a resurgent West Ham, earlier than internet hosting runaway league leaders Manchester Metropolis on Boxing Day.
The Toon simply by no means appeared like scoring on the Emirates, the place they’ve now misplaced in six straight video games.
And actually, Arsene Wenger’s males ought to have received by a a lot greater margin however they by no means needed to get out of second gear.
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Alexandre Lacazette, who began on the bench for the midweek draw at West Ham, had one early shot which was comfortably saved by Elliot, then Alexis Sanchez blazed over from 15 yards.
However the Gunners went forward when Florian Lejeune headed a unfastened ball out to Ozil, who backtracked then struck a candy left-footed volley which flew into the web for simply his third aim of the season.
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Arsenal may have had a second when Sanchez picked out Hector Bellerin however he volleyed over.
Then Granit Xhaka and Sanchez each shot simply extensive earlier than half-time.
After the break, the Toon carved out their first couple of possibilities when substitute Matt Ritchie shot over from 20 yards and Jacob Murphy drew a save out of Petr Cech from the sting of the field.
However Alexandre Lacazette actually ought to have scored for Arsenal when he was performed by way of by Alex Iwobi solely then selecting to chip Elliot reasonably than drive previous him, and sticking the ball over the bar.
Lacazette was hooked for Olivier Giroud within the 73rd minute, to boos from a number of of the house followers.
Giroud, although, was quickly within the motion, heading again to Jack Wilshere, whose 12-yard shot was saved by the legs of Elliot because the Gunners failed so as to add to their early aim.