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Dec 16, 2017 at 3pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
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Arsenal
1-0
NewcastleNewcastle United
Ozil (24')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Arsenal into fourth with win over Newcastle United

Arsenal move into fourth place in the Premier League table as a first-half goal from Mesut Ozil gives the Gunners a 1-0 win over Newcastle United.

A first-half volley from Mesut Ozil has earned Arsenal a 1-0 win over Newcastle United in the Premier League, a result which takes the Gunners into fourth place in the table.

Ozil struck with a tremendous effort in the 24th minute, and it proved enough for Arsenal to end their three-game winless streak and register a 10th successive victory over Newcastle in the process.

The Magpies had their moments at the Emirates Stadium but, despite a strong second-half showing, they have now failed to win any of their last nine matches in the top flight.

Close-up shot of Mesut Ozil celebrating his opener during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Newcastle United on December 16, 2017© SilverHub

The first shot of the match came from the recalled Alexandre Lacazette, who drilled an effort straight at Rob Elliot from distance, but Newcastle also had some joy during the early stages as Jamaal Lascelles saw a header diverted wide by Petr Cech.

However, Arsenal soon began to control the game in North London and, just after the quarter-hour mark, Alexis Sanchez sent a shot over the crossbar after being teed up by Ozil.

An opening goal had been coming and it arrived from Ozil, who capitalised on a half-clearance from Newcastle to send a volley into the top corner of the net from the edge of the area.

Hector Bellerin was providing a constant threat down the right flank but it was Ozil who should have doubled his team's lead just before the break, with Newcastle being grateful for Elliot making a stunning save to keep out the midfielder's effort from close range.

Jack Wilshere and Isaac Hayden in action during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Newcastle United on December 16, 2017© Offside

A similar pattern emerged after the restart but, aside from Christian Atsu almost putting through his own net, Arsenal were struggling to force Elliot into more work between the sticks.

Newcastle were encouraged and, after substitute Matt Ritchie had blazed high over the bar, Jacob Murphy was denied by a smart save from Cech to his right.

However, Arsenal should have wrapped up the points soon afterwards when the ball fell to Alex Iwobi from no more than eight yards out, but Elliot made yet another superb save to keep his side in the match.

Arsene Wenger moved to introduce both Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud and the latter made an instant impact in setting up Jack Wilshere, who was denied at point-blank range by Elliot.

Alexis Sanchez and Isaac Hayden in action during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Newcastle United on December 16, 2017© Offside

Back came Newcastle and, with 11 minutes left, Joselu came close to finding an equaliser when his 20-yard shot was deflected towards goal by Laurent Koscielny, but the ball went just off target.

Bellerin had a chance to wrap up the points for Arsenal in the closing stages but despite Elliot adding to his highlight reel of saves, Arsenal were able to get over the line to record a much-needed three points.

ARSENAL (4-3-3): Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles; Xhaka, Wilshere, Iwobi (Welbeck 72'); Ozil, Sanchez (Coquelin 89'), Lacazette (Giroud 73')

NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-5-1): Elliot; Yedlin, Lejeune, Lascelles, Manquillo; Hayden, Merino (Diame 82'); Atsu (Ritchie 54'), Perez, Murphy (Gayle 67'); Joselu

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