For 90-odd minutes on Tyneside something strange happened: it was possible to believe that Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal really are “the new Invincibles” after all.

No matter that the visitors kicked off in 11th position, a regressive Newcastle made Arteta’s hitherto struggling class of 2020-21 look worthy heirs of Arsène Wenger’s all-conquering team from nearly two decades ago.

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