Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is back on goals as he helped Arsenal beat Newcastle comfortably.
Arsenal lost consecutive matches in various competitions before their trip to the Northeast.
But an early goal by Mohamed Al-Nani put them on their way to a confidence boosted by three points.
Arsenal’s hopes of securing European football through their league position appear dim, but they are still holding back.
Aubameyang had a Gabriel Martinelli cross finish in the 45th minute to double his team’s lead into the net.
Fabian Schar was fired late for the landowners.
Here are five talking points from the competition.
1. The need to respond
Sure enough, Arsenal escaped one match in Spain on Thursday night as he was beaten by Villarreal.
Nicolas Pepe’s away goal means that Arsenal are certainly still in their chances of qualifying for the Europa League final.
But the result was not hidden from the poor performance and Arteta would have demanded a response.
Arsenal definitely produced one with their early goal giving them the confidence to go ahead and control actions in what was a professional show.
2. Use martinelli
Given how ready Arteta is to support the club’s young talent, it is somewhat surprising that Martinelli has not been used on a regular basis.
Bocayo Saca and Emile Smith Rowe have both made themselves an integral part of the starting line-up while the young Brazilian is still trying to find the same status.
However, when given the opportunity it rarely fails to produce.
Martinelli’s Thursday night introduction made a critical difference and he was rewarded with a start at St James’s Park as he helped Aubameyang.
3. Newcastle shuts down to stay alive
Yesterday’s defeat by Fulham was a huge boost for the Magpie given the few matches remaining.
Newcastle picked up some vital points recently, which were in demand after a string of poor results earlier in the year.
Chelsea demanded bragging rights in West London and left the two cabins dangerously close to landing.
Fulham would realistically need to capture the most points if they wanted to complete a miraculous transformation and reversing them dramatically eased the Newcastle valve pressure.
4. Louise benefits
Throughout his career, the Brazilian was divided in opinion as he presented just as much intelligence and stupidity.
Although tonight we saw exactly what was there, and still by and large, a hustle to get a Louise-type player in your back four.
He previously played in a central role in midfield and it is easy to see why given his ability with the ball.
Newcastle was happy to sit deep and let the Arsenal defense play from the back, but that played directly into Luiz’s hand.
He continued spraying the ball from the rear with the long ball that set Arsenal on their way to score their first goal.
His forced departure after 50 minutes would only be welcome.
5. There is no activity yet
Scoring goals has been an issue throughout the year for Newcastle, with his attacking prowess relying largely on Callum Wilson.
Loaning Joe Willock, who has been in great shape recently, was unable to play against the parent club.
But Bruce’s problems in her final third are persistent and she will likely need new recruits to solve their problems.
Newcastle had only one attempt on goal throughout the match as Matt Ryan enjoyed a largely quiet afternoon.