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Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle United

Laurent Koscielny scores

Arsenal are on the brink of securing Champions League football for next season after strolling to a resounding victory over a sorry Newcastle side.

Following a low-key start, the Gunners went ahead when Laurent Koscielny prodded home Santi Cazorla's free-kick.

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Mesut Ozil tapped in to double their lead before half-time.

After the break, the German crossed for Olivier Giroud to head in the third and seal Newcastle's sixth consecutive Premier League defeat.

The season cannot end soon enough for Newcastle and their fans, who have watched a Champions League challenge evaporate in a dismal 2014, during which they have scored fewer goals - 10 - than any team in the division.

Arsenal, in contrast, are on the rise, having responded to their defeat by Everton on 6 April by winning their next three games to climb four points ahead of the Toffees with two games remaining.

The Gunners, who have spent more days on top of the table this season than any other side, offered a tantalising glimpse of what might have been had Ozil and Aaron Ramsey not been injured for such a crucial phase of the season.

What must have been particularly galling for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, returning to the dugout for the first time since his seven-match touchline ban for headbutting Hull's David Meyler, was how quickly his team unravelled after frustrating Arsenal for the first 25 minutes.

The home crowd were just starting to voice their frustration at the Gunners' lack of cutting edge when they took the lead from a set-piece.

Cazorla's ball from deep was floated into a dangerous area over the Magpies' backline and Koscielny shrugged off Moussa Sissoko to meet it on the bounce and poke past Tim Krul.

The second goal arrived three minutes before the break when Giroud sprung the Newcastle offside trap to race on to a Mikel Arteta pass. Twice his shots were blocked by Krul, but the loose ball rolled across goal to present Ozil - who may have been marginally offside - with a simple finish.

Pardew's men, with their travelling support voicing their displeasure at owner Mike Ashley, finally created a chance in the 57th minute from a brisk counter-attack.

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Loic Remy, making his first start since 1 March, controlled the ball and flicked it through to Yoan Gouffran, who outpaced Nacho Monreal but could not find a way past Wojciech Szczesny from a tight angle.

Arsenal were not on the back foot for long, and soon the victory was secure.

The outstanding Ramsey played Ozil into space on the left and his cross was expertly headed home by Giroud at the near post.

Lukas Podolski went close again when his side-footed shot fizzed past the upright before, at the other end, Paul Dummett's effort flew horribly wide to sum up a miserable night for the Magpies.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

"We had a slow and cautious start and progressively became stronger. After 20 minutes it was a good performance.

"Mesut Ozil is getting stronger in every game now. He is refreshed. Over Christmas he suffered physically. Now he looks physically sharp.

"The first season is always adaptation in the Premier League. But he has fantastic technique and passing. His assists and passes in the final third are excellent. We want some more goals from him - but that will come.

"We have come through a difficult period but the spirit in the side is healthy and strong and you see that when a team can bounce back after a big disappointment."

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Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 1Szczesny
  • 3SagnaBooked at 75mins
  • 17Monreal
  • 16RamseyBooked at 34minsSubstituted forRosickyat 74'minutes
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6KoscielnyBooked at 26mins
  • 19Cazorla
  • 8Arteta
  • 12GiroudSubstituted forSanogoat 84'minutes
  • 11ÖzilSubstituted forFlaminiat 74'minutes
  • 9Podolski

Substitutes

  • 5Vermaelen
  • 7Rosicky
  • 20Flamini
  • 21Fabianski
  • 22Sanogo
  • 25Jenkinson
  • 29Källström

Newcastle

  • 1Krul
  • 26DebuchySubstituted forYanga-Mbiwaat 84'minutes
  • 36Dummett
  • 8Anita
  • 6Williamson
  • 2Coloccini
  • 7SissokoBooked at 25mins
  • 24TiotéBooked at 45mins
  • 14Remy
  • 15GoslingSubstituted forAmeobiat 69'minutes
  • 11GouffranSubstituted forArmstrongat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 19Haidara
  • 21Elliot
  • 23Ameobi
  • 25Obertan
  • 27Taylor
  • 43Armstrong
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
60,023

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home20
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home14
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 3, Newcastle United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Newcastle United 0.
Attempt missed. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Cheick Tioté.
Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Sanogo.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Adam Armstrong replaces Yoan Gouffran.
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lukas Podolski with a through ball.
Offside, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky tries a through ball, but Yaya Sanogo is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa replaces Mathieu Debuchy.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Yaya Sanogo replaces Olivier Giroud.
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Fabricio Coloccini.
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Cheick Tioté.
Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).
Attempt missed. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.

Booking

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Liverpool3625565080
2Chelsea3624664378
3Man City3524565877
4Arsenal3622772473
5Everton3620972169
6Tottenham3620610366
7Man Utd35186112060
8Southampton36141012752
9Newcastle3614418-1846
10Stoke36111114-1144
11Crystal Palace3613419-1543
12Swansea3610917-139
13Hull3510718-937
14West Ham3610719-1137
15West Brom3571513-1236
16Aston Villa359818-1735
17Sunderland358819-2032
18Norwich368820-3232
19Fulham369423-4231
20Cardiff367920-3830
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