Arsene Wenger and his men managed a 1-0 win over Steve McClaren’s side, after a deflected Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shot put the Gunners ahead in the second half.
The victory against the Magpies has been judge by many Arsenal supporters as hugely unconvincing, after the Gunners failed to create and convert clear-cut chances to put themselves in-front, and had to make do with an unintended help from Fabricio Coloccini for the only goal on the day.
Speaking to the press at the St James’ Park after the game, Wenger admitted his side’s poor showing in front of goal, before announcing that he could add an exceptional player to his attacking options before the end of the transfer window.
“We have not fired offensively, our finishing has not been clinical and we have to improve on that. We are open and we are in the transfer market. If we find an exceptional player in any sector, we will do it.”
Arsenal have been linked to a handful of star strikers in recent months including Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani, Gonzalo Higuain and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
It is left to be seen who the boss has been secretly plotting a move for, as we enter the last 48 hours of the summer transfer window.