Aaron Ramsey’s 30th and Alexandre Lacazette’s 83rd goals secures a convincing 2-0 victory over Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.
Ramsey broke the deadlock with well-placed finish in the first half before Lacazette sealed the three points with a delightful lobbed effort after being played through on goal.
The result sees Unai Emery’s men move up into third, two points ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham.
Ramsey, who will join Juventus in the summer, took advantage of some poor defending by the visitors to send a low effort onto the post and into the back of the net in the 30th minute.
The opener came after the midfielder had seen an earlier effort ruled out because of a foul by Sokratis on Florian Lejeune, but Lacazette made sure of the win against a nervy Newcastle side with a classy chip over Martin Dubravka seven minutes from time.
Lacazette thought he should have been awarded a penalty when Paul Dummett slid in to bock the striker’s attempted cross near the by-line only for the ball to strike his arm.
Nothing was given, and Emery changed things up by sending on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had been left on the bench with a temperature.
The striker tested Dubravka with his powerful effort from the right but, while not scoring a goal on the night, Aubameyang did get an assist after flicking the ball over Jamaal Lascelles’ head, which allowed Lacazette to chip it over Dubravka and seal the win in style.
The victory elevates Arsenal into third place and two points above Tottenham and Manchester United, although both clubs can overtake the Gunners should they beat Crystal Palace and Wolves respectively in midweek while Newcastle remain seven points above the drop zone.
Arsenal’s hopes of securing a Champions League spot had, earlier in the season, looked to be fading dream such was the consistent form of their top-four and, indeed, London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea.