Arsenal moved into the top half of the Premier League as they swatted aside Newcastle with three second half goals at the Emirates Stadium.
After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had hit the post from close range in the first half, he cut in from the left and found the net following a swift attack in the opening moments of the second period.
Newcastle had stood up well in the first half but they never carried much of an attacking threat, and they fell two down on the hour mark when Emile Smith Rowe teed up Bukayo Saka for a slick finish.
Aubemeyang grabbed his second and Arsenal's third after being teed up by Cedric, with the Gunners now having won four of their last five games in the Premier League.
Here are the game's talking points.
1. Aubameyang slips back into the groove
One of the best and most exciting things about Arsenal towards the back end of last season – and very briefly at the start of this one – was the way they could impressively and quickly move the ball from right to left and get it to Aubameyang in a dangerous area.
The sight of the Gabonese drifting in from that left hand side and haring towards goal became a nightmare for right-backs everywhere, until suddenly, as quick as a flash, it stopped happening.
Aubemeyang's drop-off in form even saw him begin to start games through the middle as there he'd be closer to goal, but counterintuitively that just didn't work.
This is a player who needs that threat to come from the flank, and one who increasingly needs the space to run in to.
Afford him that space, as Newcastle did at the start of the second half, and you're in trouble.
2. Steve Bruce does it his way
So this was it then for Bruce, the "gloves were off" and this was his attempt at "doing it his way" after Newcastle's "absolute sh***" performance at Sheffield United.
Quite why it has taken 18 months for an extremely experienced manager to start doing things the way he wants to do them is a question you'll have to ask him, but it appears that "his way" is a rather expansive 4-4-2 formation featuring four players we could probably categorise as out-and-out attackers, even if they come in different shapes and sizes.
With Joelinton and Miguel Almiron on either wing and Andy Carroll and Callum Wilson in attack there was plenty for Arsenal to think about, and the rather unconventional approach did initially appear to upset a Gunners side who must have spent a large period of the game just wondering what this team in front of them were about.
There was certainly a greater desire about Newcastle than we saw at Bramall Lane, showing that 'Bruce's Way' did at least get a reaction.
They defended well, particularly in the first half, and the reaction that the manager was after certainly arrived.
3. Young Guns combine again
They might still be trying to work things out on a grander scale, but for now the most enjoyable thing about watching Arsenal is the blossoming careers of some of their younger talents.
Saka has already had chapter and verse written about him as he continues to make his way in the game, but it is Smith Rowe who is very much the man of this particular moment.
His clever run and pass to tee up Saka was a wonderful sight, and in a week when one much talked-about No.10 is leaving the Gunners, it was a fitting way to once again make his pitch to take over the conversation.
4. Lack of quality lets Newcastle down
So this might have been Newcastle the way Bruce wants them, but there was still a clear lack of quality that let the Magpies down on occasion.
Almiron did show his ability when he was on the ball, but Jonjo Shelvey's sloppy set-pieces were often undermining the visitors' efforts when they'd got themselves into promising situations.
Some might say that was uncharacteristic of the midfielder but its not exactly the first time this accusation to be laid at his door, with Newcastle also still missing the influence of Allan Saint-Maximin.
5. So, where now?
So that's Arsenal up to 10th now, and two points behind a Chelsea side that were title contenders a month or so ago.
Where they'll finish in this most chaotic of seasons remains to be seen, but after a fourth win from five league games they have every right to be looking up and no longer over their shoulder.
European places? They're not out of the question.
Frankly, barely anything is this season.
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