Premier League

Aubameyang stars as Arsenal defeat Newcastle United in FA Cup

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal reached the fourth round of the FA Cup with a nerve-wracking 2-0 win over Newcastle at extra-time thanks to goals from Emile Smith-Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

After arriving as a second-half substitute, Smith Rowe had a red card rescinded for a tackle on Sean Longstaff in stoppage time following a VAR review.

The 20-year-old midfielder went on the score the opener as he latched on to a ball from Alexandre Lacazette inside the box before slipping it past Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

Aubameyang also found the net from close range in the final minutes of extra time to extend Mikel Arteta’s side’s winning run to four games in all competitions.

“I was really happy, a bit of a relief for me with the incident before,” Smith Rowe told the BBC. “It definitely wasn’t intentional — happy to get the goal and get through to the next round.

“We knew how tough it was going to be, they’re a tough opponent. It was about breaking them down. It shows how together we are, we have been working off the pitch to get closer as a group and it shows.”

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