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Arsenal beat Newcastle to begin FA Cup defence

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Arsenal scored twice in extra-time as they beat Newcastle United in their FA Cup third round clash at the Emirates Stadium in London.

Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe celebrates with team-mates after scoring their first goal in their FA Cup game against Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium in London on Saturday. Picture: Hannah Mckay/Reuters

LONDON – Emile Smith-Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in extra time as Mikel Arteta’s side began their FA Cup defence with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in the third round at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Substitute Smith-Rowe was initially shown a straight red in stoppage time by referee Chris Kavanagh for a tackle on Matthew Longstaff before it was downgraded to a yellow card 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 Arsenal’s winning run to four games in all competitions.

Reuters