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Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their sides first goal. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their sides first goal. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their sides first goal. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits he "fears the worst" for teenage star Gabriel Martinelli after his side beat Newcastle 2-0 in the FA Cup third round.

Emile Smith Rowe came off the bench to fire holders Arsenal into the FA Cup fourth round with an extra-time goal against Newcastle – but only after he had a red card overturned by VAR.

The substitute was given his marching orders by referee Chris Kavanagh for a tackle on Sean Longstaff at the end of the 90 minutes, but the card was downgraded to a yellow after the pitchside monitor was used.

It proved decisive with Smith Rowe grabbing the opener in the 109th minute before captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang confirmed the victory eight minutes later with a tap-in to wrap up a 2-0 success.

Yet it was the injury to Martinelli that was on Arteta's mind after the game, after the youngster pulled out of the game due to an injury sustained in the warm-up.

"It's not looking good," said Arteta, with video showing the Brazilian teenager appearing to turn his ankle in the warm-up.

"I was in my office before the game and one of the medical staff came in and said he twisted his ankle. He was in tears and in a lot of pain."

Martinelli's injury could be a big blow for Arsenal, but it was a better night for their match-winner Smith Rowe.

"We knew coming into the game how tough it was going to be and it was just about breaking them down, and we got there in the end," the Arsenal man told the BBC.

"I think it just shows how together we are. We’ve been working to get closer as a group and it’s all starting to show on the pitch."

Smith Rowe admitted he was relieved after escaping his red card in the dying moments of normal time.

"Obviously the incident wasn’t ideal and it definitely wasn’t intentional, so I’m happy to get the goal and go through to the next round," he added.

Disappointed Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said: "When you come here, the one thing you have to do is take your chances when they come along.

"We had the opportunity in the final couple of minutes and we didn’t grasp it. We just rue the missed chances that we have because when you come here you don’t have a lot of them.

"I thought Andy (Carroll) did fantastically well and of course if he’d topped it off by scoring a goal it would have been good for him.

"But there were a lot of pleasing things. We’ve had a really tough run of fixtures and we’ll dust ourselves down and go again."

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