Arsenal move closer to securing fourth with win

IMAGE, ARSENAL.COM

BY MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

In the London area, it is soon to be deja vu.

With a 3-0 win over Newcastle, Arsenal move one step closer to securing fourth place and a place in Champions League qualification. The Gunners also mathematically finished above Tottenham again, so Happy St. Totteringham’s Day to those celebrating.

Newcastle continue on their downward spiral, losing seven of their last eight and six in a row, even as Alan Pardew retook his place on the touchline for the first time since head-butting David Meyler. The match also proved how much potential Arsenal could have had this season had it not been for key injuries. Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil were just about involved in every positive move Arsenal made.

The Gunners grabbed the lead in the 26th minute. Santi Cazorla whipped in a free-kick that bounced just in front of Newcastle goalkeeper Tim KrulLaurent Koscielny‘s foot beat Krul to the ball, to direct it in for the 1-0 lead.

Cheik Tiote‘s drive from distance may have had some reminiscing of the goal he scored in the 4-4 draw several years ago, but Wojciech Szczesny was able to catch on easily in the end.

Arsenal doubled their advantage just before halftime. Olivier Giroud‘s run beat the offside trap and fired twice, only to be denied by Krul. However, the ball fell to Ozil, who turned the ball into the back of the net. There was a hint of offside on the play, but no call came forth.

The Gunners found their third in the 66th minute. Ramsey played Ozil down the right-hand side. Ozil drove down the flank in space and picked out Giroud, who headed home from close-range.

Arsenal now just need one more win and fourth place will be secured. Next up is West Brom at The Emirates. Newcastle are luckily in safety as they drift towards the second half of the table with a visit from Cardiff this coming weekend.

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