Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had started wide on the left, found time and space to cross for Lacazette, who connected at full stretch with a firm effort to power the ball past Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. Arsenal have become something of a hit and miss team due to their inconsistent displays on the pitch. "Once you're in a negative spiral like this it is very hard to get out of".
The former Newcastle centre-forward is adamant that the Spanish coach is desperate to stay in the north east, having spoken to those close to the ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid manager, having guided the Magpies away from relegation this season.
After taking the lead, the visitors took control of the game for the next ten minutes or so and they nearly got a second goal when a good passing move ended with Alex Iwobi forcing a good save from Martin Dúbravka.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has bemoaned the Premier League's decision not to implement VAR next season and warned it cold cost them a generation of fans.
The Frenchman pointed to the fatigue felt by his players after they travelled back from a UEFA Europa League clash with CSKA Moscow on Thursday, "but losing like this is a worry characterwise", he added.
Rafa Benitez's side were hoping to take advantage of Arsenal's exploits in Europe, with the Gunners only returning from Russian Federation on Friday after sealing their place in the semi-final of the Europa League with a 6-3 aggregate victory over CSKA Moscow.
"There's a difference between the performance and the result because I felt we played very well in the first half especially and should have put the game to bed". The Gunners won by four or five and played some fantastic football. People dreamed we could do this, this season.
"It's a good opportunity for him and a good chance for me to see whether he's ready to play regularly at this level".
"I like Rafa Benitez, he is one of the top managers". The most notable of those changes was handing Joe Willock his Premier League debut.
The stage was set for Arsenal to kick on an dominate this match but they just didn't.