Arsenal survived a physical assault at the hands of Newcastle in order to claim all three points against ten men on Saturday lunchtime.
With a number of surprises in the squad, not least the absence of Mesut Ozil (‘minor’ knee injury), and the Ox and Theo starting their first ever Premier League game together, the side was set up with tons of pace in the attack.
Defender Laurent Koscielny overcame a back problem to pair Gabriel in the absence of Per Mertesacker.
Alexander Mitrovic was sent off for a foul on Francis Coquelin in the 16th minute by referee Andre Marriner while Hector Bellerin was denied a penalty from a Florian Thauvin foul in the box.
But Alex Oxlade Chamberlain’s shot was deflected into the Magpies’ goal by Fabricio Collocini in the 52nd minute to ease the tension from the Arsenal bench.
Newcastle United launched few attacks afterwards but the Gunners held on to finish victors at St James’ Park.N