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African stars sparkle as Arsenal return to wining ways

Arsenal returned to winning ways in English premier league on Sunday with their two African forwards – Pierre Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe, scoring a goal apiece.

Another African import, Bukayo Saka provided his assists in all competitions for the season, two more than any teammate; he also has the most assists of any Premier League teenager this season.

The two sides were very competitive in the first half, with many incursions but no goal to show, Arsenal came into the second half looking more determined, it was not long before their effort paid off with a goal.

Captain and Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring for the Arsenal at the 54th minutes, after collecting a pass from fellow African Nicolas Pepe.

Nicolas Pepe added a second just three minutes later to give Mikel Arteta’s team a cushion before the hour mark, and Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette rounded off the win with goals in stoppage time.

The £72 million Ivorian international had hand in three of the four goals scored by the Artheta side, forcing many pundits to wonder if his time has finally come.

Before the game, Arsenal has won only one game in the league since Mikial Artheta succeeded Unai Emery in December.

There was some hope Arteta might have shaped a much-improved Arsenal over the recent mid-season break, but that did not appear to be the case in the first half.

The Gunners struggled to break Newcastle down, before their quality came to the fore in a frantic spell. There would appear to be plenty still to do to restore Arsenal to their former glories despite this big win.

Arsenal have a trip to Olympiacos in the Europa League on Thursday before their next league assignment at home to Everton.

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