Olivier Giroud netted a double as Arsenal put their midweek UEFA Champions League misery behind them with a hard-fought 2-1 Premier League win at Newcastle United.
Arsene Wenger’s men exited the Champions League at the last 16 stage to Monaco on away goals despite a 2-0 victory at the Stade Louis II on Tuesday.
But they quickly rebounded from that disappointment by overcoming a depleted Newcastle side on Saturday, as Giroud made it eight goals in six games against the Tyneside club.
The France striker scored his brace in the space of four first-half minutes, breaking the deadlock with a cleverly flicked effort into the bottom-right corner.
Giroud then made it 2-0 by capitalising on some slack Newcastle defending to head home and give the hosts a mountain to climb.
Moussa Sissoko provided some hope for the St James’ Park crowd when he halved the deficit shortly after the half-time interval.