Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ended his goal drought as he netted twice to help Arsenal beat Newcastle United 3-0 and cruise to the top ten in the Premier League.
Aubameyang, who had earlier hit the post from a tight angle in the first half, opened the scoring in the 50th minute when he fired past Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
Then Emile Smith Rowe’s cross found Bukayo Saka who slotted home to extend the lead to 2-0. Aubameyang, 31, got his second and the Gunners’ third after Cedric Soares, in his first league start of the season, got to the byline and set up the Gabon international.
Newcastle also had their chance to score, with Miguel Almiron closest to finding the back of the net but he shot over.
The victory takes Arsenal above Aston Villa into 10th, with the Gunners seven points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool in the last Champions League qualifying spot.
Newcastle are 15th, seven points clear of 18th-placed Fulham, although the London side have a game in hand.
For Bruce, who faced calls for his resignation after last week’s 1-0 loss to bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United, his side have now not won in nine matches in all competitions.