LONDON — Mesut Ozil answered his critics and lifted Arsenal out of its slump.
Arsenal's record $70-million signing ended an eight-match scoring drought stretching back into last season, and also set up Danny Welbeck's first goal for the club in a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa.
The playmaker's influential performance came after manager Arsene Wenger said he should not be a "scapegoat" for a trio of domestic draws and Champions League loss.
The emphatic win ended Villa's unbeaten start to the season.
There were late goals in three of Saturday's games.
Under-pressure Newcastle manager Alan Pardew saw his side stage a late comeback to draw 2-2 with Hull. Queens Park Rangers twice came from behind to also draw 2-2 with Stoke, and Victor Wanyama's 80th-minute goal gave Southampton a 1-0 win at Swansea.