Arsenal laboured to victory over Newcastle to start 2016 with a win and move two points clear at the top of the Premier League.
The Gunners were largely outplayed by a visiting side desperate to start the new year with a surprise result to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.
Steve McClaren’s men certainly created more chances but they were undone when Laurent Koscielny scored his third of the season from close range to secure a 1-0 win for the hosts.
Petr Cech, fresh from sealing the Premier League clean-sheet record, kept out a number of Newcastle chances – most notably Georginio Wijnaldum’s early second-half shot.
Watch Koscielny’s goal: