Arsenal defeated Newcastle 1-0 at the Emirates on Saturday, to go two points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Arsenal went two points clear at the top of the Premier League after edging past Newcastle 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners entered into the New Year top on goals difference ahead of Leicester City, while Claudio Ranieri’s men were held to a goalless draw by Bournemouth at home.
Laurent Koscielny was the hero for Arsene Wenger’s team, as they snatched all three points in the 72nd minute. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his side showed they can “dig deep” when required to win a game after Laurent Koscielny earned the Gunners victory over Newcastle.
Newcastle, who paid tribute to former goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek by wearing special t-shirts before the game following his death earlier this week, were much the better side in the first half and could have been ahead just before the break but for a superb stop from Petr Cech to deny Georginio Wijnaldum.
The visitors kept threatening after the break and Arsene Wenger’s side needed Cech to keep out Wijnaldum again before they finally broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute thanks to Laurent Koscielny’s close range strike.