Five talking points as Aubameyang and Elneny score in comfortable Arsenal win

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was back in the goals as he helped Arsenal comfortably see off Newcastle.

The Gunners had lost consecutive games in differing competitions ahead of their trip to the north east.

But an early strike from Mohamed Elneny set them on their way to a confidence boosting three points.

Arsenal's hopes of securing European football via their league position looks slim but they continue to plug away.

Aubameyang got on the end of a Gabriel Martinelli cross in the second 45 to double his side's lead as they eased home.

Fabian Schar was dismissed late on for the hosts.

Here are five talking points from the contest.

1. The need for a response

Arsenal certainly got away with one in Spain on Thursday night as they were beaten by Villarreal.

Nicolas Pepe's away goal means the Gunners are certainly still in with a chance of making the Europa League final.

The result did covered up for a poor performance though and Arteta will have been demanding a response.

Arsenal certainly produced one with their early goal giving them the confidence to push on and control proceedings in what was a professional showing.

2. Martinelli's usage

Given how Arteta has been so willing to back the club's younger talent it is somewhat surprising that Martinelli has not been used with more regularity.

Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have both made themselves integral to the starting XI while the young Brazilian is still trying to enjoy the same status.

Yet when he's given an opportunity so rarely does he fail to produce.

Martinelli's introduction on Thursday night made a crucial difference and he was rewarded with a start at St James' Park where he produced an assist for Aubameyang.

3. Newcastle closing on survival

Fulham's defeat yesterday was a huge boost for the Magpies given the lack of games left.

Newcastle have picked up some vital points recently, which was needed after a poor run of results earlier in the year.

Chelsea claimed the bragging rights in west London and leaves the Cottagers perilously close to the drop.

Fulham will realistically need to pick up maximum points if they are to complete a miracle turnaround and their reverse massively eased the pressure valve on Newcastle.

4. The Luiz benefits

Throughout his career the Brazilian has divided opinion as he's produced brilliance and stupidity in equal measure.

This afternoon though we saw exactly what there has been, and still is to extent, a clamour to have a Luiz-type player in your back four.

He's previously been played in a central midfield role and its easy to see why given his ability on the ball.

Newcastle were happy to sit deep and let the Arsenal defence play out from the back, but that played straight into the hands of Luiz.

He continued to spray the ball about from deep with hiss long ball setting the Gunners on their way for their first goal.

His forced departure after 50 minutes will have been anything but welcome.

5. Still no potency

Scoring goals has been a problem all year for Newcastle will their forward prowess relying largely on Callum Wilson.

The on loan Joe Willock, who has been in good form lately, was unable to play against his parent club.

But Bruce's problems in the final third continue and it is likely to need new recruits to solve their issues.

Newcastle mustered just one effort on target all game as Mat Ryan enjoyed a largely uneventful afternoon.

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