Arsenal hauled themselves again into competition to qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League with a 4-0 win over Newcastle due to second half targets from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette. Just a second league win for the Gunners below Mikel Arteta lifts Arsenal into 10th within the Premier League, however simply six factors adrift of Tottenham in fifth. Manchester City’s two-season ban from European competitors means fifth can be sufficient to safe a Champions League place until the English champions reach interesting that sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Arteta, who left City to take his first senior managerial function on the Emirates in December, could possibly be the beneficiary of his former employers’ punishment.
And there was loads of encouragement for the Spaniard in Arsenal’s second half efficiency after an all too acquainted subdued first 45 minutes.
Both sides began the day within the backside half of the desk on 31 factors and it confirmed earlier than the break.
The guests had the higher possibilities as Joelinton screwed large earlier than Bernd Leno turned Sean Longstaff’s deflected shot to security.
Arteta handed Eddie Nketiah his first Premier League begin up entrance on the expense of the out-of-form Lacazette.
However, it took over half an hour for the 20-year-old to get a sight of objective when he fired too near Martin Dubravka.
Nketiah ought to have scored when he hit the bar from Pepe’s cut-back in an explosive begin to the second interval from Arsenal.
But Aubameyang confirmed his younger apprentice the best way to pounce in entrance of objective as he rose highest to energy dwelling Pepe’s floated cross on 54 minutes.
One of the revelations of Arteta’s early days in cost has been Bukayo Saka’s performances as a makeshift left-back.
No Arsenal participant has created extra targets than the 18-year-old this season and Saka nutmegged Valentino Lazaro earlier than teeing up Pepe to fireplace dwelling the hosts’ second from shut vary.
Newcastle have scored simply 24 targets in 26 league video games this season and their lack of a objective risk was apparent as they chased the sport within the closing half hour.
Ciaran Clark spurned an ideal likelihood to carry the Magpies again into the sport by firing large with simply Leno to beat earlier than the mercurial Allan Saint-Maximin curled a shot off the put up.
Lacazette changed Nketiah 5 minutes from time and made a big impact to present his confidence a much-needed enhance.
Firstly, the Frenchman crossed for Ozil, whose tame shot squirmed via Dubravka’s grasp.
Luck then shone on Lacazette to finish a nine-game objective drought as his right-footed shot flicked off his left foot and flew into the highest nook within the fifth minute of stoppage time.