GUNNERS DOWN TOONS TO GO THIRD
Gunners record 10th home league win in a row
Arsenal leap-frogged North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur into third after defeating Newcastle United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium last night.
A 10th home league victory in a row was made certain of thanks to goals either half from Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette as Emery’s men took full advantage of Spurs’ slip up at Anfield to go third, ahead of Manchester United too.
After seeing his earlier effort chalked off for a fowl in the build up, Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring on 30minutes with a fine, low strike from 15 yards out. That goal set the tone for the rest of the match as the Gunners dominated with 71% possession.
Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette who was also earlier denied by Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie with a goalline diving header, scored Arsenal’s second late on with a fine chipped finish over Martin Dubravka to secure the win.
Ki sung-Yeung and Salomon Rondon had chances to get the Magpies on the scoresheet but a combination of poor finishing and Bernd Leno dsenied the visitors.
Influential midfielder Mesut Ozil was back in the team and produced an impresive performance on the night, much to the delight of his manager but the negative for Emery was the injury suffered by Englishman Ramsey who went off midway through the second half, despite his impending departure.
The victory means Arsenal tighten their grip on the coverted Champions League places, and are now third on the log with 63 pionts, two more than both Tottenham and Manchester United with seven games left to play. Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle on the other hand remain 14th, seven points above the bottom three.