Aubameyang in the double while Arsenal pile even more misery on Newcastle
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to scoring form with a good double due to Arsenal's rise up the Premier League table continued with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle on Monday.
The Gunners were facing an unlikely battle for survival significantly less than per month ago, but 13 points from a possible 15 have lifted Mikel Arteta's men into 10th and within seven points of the top four.
Despite Aubameyang doubling his tally of league goals from open play this season, it had been again Arsenal's dynamic young duo of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka who caught the eye as the later slotted home the hosts' second goal among the captain's brace.
"Whenever we are winning they place a smile on my face," said Arteta of Smith Rowe and Saka's impact.
"I really know what they are capable of doing. They are developing really well, that's merit to them, with their teammates and everyone who is involved to help them develop and protect them. The performances they happen to be investing in are extraordinary."
Newcastle do remain firmly in a relegation deal with after a ninth consecutive video game without a win irrespective of Steve Bruce making 8 changes.
Bruce said "the gloves were off" after a good scathing analysis of his side's display in turning into the only team to lose to Sheffield United in the Premier League this season last week.
However, there is no differ from the Magpies, who revealed little ambition in failing woefully to force Bernd Leno right into a single save of note.
Newcastle still like a seven-point cushion above the relegation zone, but those in it are found in better form with still over half the growing season to play.
"We're having a difficult moment, that little confidence provides ebbed away," explained Bruce, who pointed to Arsenal's first two goals as example of why he hasn't played in a far more expansive style this year.
"That's why we've been deep during the past to avoid situations like that. Unfortunately we're throwing bodies forward hoping to score an objective and one pass and we're caught."
Aubameyang's struggles in front of goal possess played a major part in Arsenal's difficult start to Arteta's first full season in control.
Another night to forget seemed waiting for you for the Gabon overseas when he hit the post with the goal gaping after Karl Darlow had diverted Saka's low effort into his path at the trunk post midway through the first-half.
But Aubameyang made no mistake with a far more hard chance early in the second-half after Newcastle were caught short from their private corner.
Thomas Partey got his first assist since arriving from Atletico Madrid in October as he place Aubameyang free in behind and, despite having onto his weaker left foot, he fired high beyond Darlow to open the floodgates.
The emergence of Smith Rowe has helped turned Arsenal's fortunes around in recent weeks since Arteta began to place his faith in the 20-year-old before expensive recruits Willian and Nicolas Pepe.
Smith Rowe's inviting cut-back was swept home from just in the area by Saka for his third goal in five league video games.
Aubameyang then had a straight easier job to slot home simply his fifth league aim of the growing season into a clear net after Cedric Soares merely managed to keep carefully the ball in take up with a minimal cross.
Another headache for Arteta can be collection to be solved with Mesut Ozil in the verge of agreeing a proceed to Fenerbahce.
Ozil features been the best earner at the club since signing a good deal worth a good reported £350,000 ($475,000) weekly in January 2018, but hasn't featured under Arteta since March.
"He's in Turkey nowadays. There is some paperwork still to do and when the offer is finalised we'll make the announcement."