LONDON, United Kingdom- Alexandre Lacazette was on target but despite a bright attacking performance we were beaten by Newcastle on a frustrating afternoon on Tyneside.
The France international gave us an early lead after combining well with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but Ayoze Perez equalised before the interval and then Matt Ritchie struck the winner for hosts.
There was genuine excitement before the game at the prospect of seeing Aubameyang and Lacazette starting together for the first time – and it did not take them long to show why.
With just 14 minutes on the clock Shkodran Mustafi played a pinpoint lofted pass to Aubameyang to the left of the area and after taking a touch, it looked like the forward would try his luck.
Instead the Gabon striker curled a lovely left-footed pass towards the back post where Lacazette was racing in, and he diverted it into the roof of the net.
Aubameyang saw a shot deflected just wide moments later, before then setting up Iwobi for an effort that was held by Martin Dubravka.
We looked in control, but just before the half-hour mark Newcastle equalised as DeAndre Yedlin curled one in from the right and Perez nipped in at the near post to beat Petr Cech.
Calum Chambers twice went close before the interval, while Premier League debutant Joe Willock dragged a good opportunity wide as we continued to press.
Iwobi flashed one over the bar just after the restart, but the second half was not quite as open as the first as the game became more of a midfield battle.
Kenedy then hit the bar with a deflected shot before Perez hit the sidenetting moments later as Newcastle tried to put the game to bed in the closing stages.
We pushed and probed in the final moments but could find no way through, as we slipped to another defeat on the road.