Apr 28, 2014 at 8pm UK at ‚ÄčEmirates Stadium
Arsenal
3-0
NewcastleNewcastle United
Koscielny (26'), Ozil (42'), Giroud (66')
Koscielny (26'), Ramsey (34'), Sagna (75')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Sissoko (25'), Tiote (45')

Half-Time Report: Arsenal leading Newcastle United at break

Arsenal take a comfortable 2-0 lead into the halfway stage of their Premier League encounter with Newcastle at the Emirates this evening.

Arsenal have taken a comfortable 2-0 lead into the halfway stage of their Premier League encounter with out-of-form Newcastle United this evening.

Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil celebrates with Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud after Ozil scored his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium in London© Getty Images

The hosts came close to breaking the deadlock in the 18th minute when Tim Krul could only punch the ball as far as Nacho Monreal, who sent a volley fizzing past the post from the edge of the box.

Newcastle responded with an opening of their own just two minutes later as Moussa Sissoko skipped past a couple of challenges before curling an effort over the crossbar.

Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny celebrates with Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud after he scored his team's opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium in Lo© Getty Images

The opening goal came in the 26th minute as Laurent Koscielny eluded his marker to latch on to Santi Cazorla's free kick, poking the ball past Krul from close range.

Arsenal almost doubled their advantage shortly before the half-hour mark as Lukas Podolski raced on to a chipped ball over the top before squeezing his shot through the legs of Krul, only to see it roll wide.

From the resulting corner, Per Mertesacker rose highest in the area to force a stop from the keeper before Cheick Tiote drilled a powerful long-range effort down the throat of Wojciech Szczesny at the other end.

The Gunners added a second with less than five minutes to go until the break when Mesut Ozil swept home a rebound after Krul had pulled off a fine double save to deny Olivier Giroud twice.

Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny celebrates with Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud after he scored his team's opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium in Lo
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