Aubameyang grabs brace as Arsenal beat Newcastle 3-0

Aubameyang grabs brace as Arsenal beat Newcastle 3-0

Gabonese striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice as Arsenal defeated Newcastle United 3-0 in an English Premier League (EPL) match at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.

The victory for Arsenal condemned Steve Bruce’s side to a ninth game without a win in all competitions.

Aubameyang fired the Gunners ahead in the 50th minute, finishing off a counter-attack; running at the Newcastle defence and then blasting home a powerful left-foot drive at the near post. Ten minutes later, Bukayo Saka made it 2-0 with a confident slot home. Saka had profited after good work down the left flank from youngster Emile Smith Rowe.

Aubameyang completed the comfortable victory after Cedric Soares got to the byline and pulled the ball back into his path. VAR examined whether the ball had crossed the line before Cedric’s pass but allowed the goal to stand.

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Arsenal have now kept a clean sheet in five straight games in all competitions.

In Serie A, AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice on his first start since returning from injury; helping his side to a 2-0 win at Cagliari on Monday. The win saw the league leaders move three points clear at the top of the standings.

Ibrahimovic picked up a thigh injury in AC Milan’s win at Napoli on November 22 which kept him out of action until last weekend. Then he had returned as a substitute against Torino. But the evergreen Swede was fit enough to start in Sardinia.

He wasted no time in getting back among the goals, winning and converting a seventh minute penalty kick; before adding a well-taken second seven minutes into the second half.

The brace took his Serie A goals tally to 12 for the season, from just seven starts. The only disappointing aspect to an otherwise comfortable win for AC Milan was the late dismissal of substitute Alexis Saelemaekers for two yellow cards picked up in quick succession.



Source: Reuters

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