Mesut Ozil’s fierce volley sent Arsenal to their tenth consecutive league victory over Newcastle.
Ozil volleyed home from inside the area, high and centre of the goal past a static Rob Elliott – 20 minutes in.
Newcastle had the most promising effort early on, Jamaal Lascelles’ powerful header forced Petr Cech to save following Mikel Merino’s deep free-kick.
Rob Elliott was alert early into the second period, spilling a shot then getting up quickly to clear the ball away with Alex Iwobi closing in.
Newcastle were unfortunate not to equalise minutes later, after Jacob Murphy did well to cut inside from the left, and strike an effort for Cech to save.
Eliott did well to block Jack Wilshere’s effort with his legs 75 minutes in, following an excellent passing move from the home side.
Newcastle have now lost 8 of their last 9 games, and have plummeted into the relegation zone.
Below is the Newcastle player ratings from the narrow defeat to Arsenal.