Arsenal leapfrogged rivals Spurs into third place after a convincing 2-0 victory against Newcastle on Monday night.
Goals from Aaron Ramsey and Alexander Lacazette were enough to send the hosts sailing into the top four on Monday night, equalling last season’s points total under Arsene Wenger with seven games to go.
For all the Gunners’ domination, it took 30 minutes before they managed an attempt on goal, Ramsey the man to give them the lead after finishing off an attack he started. Remainders of what a huge loss he will be next season.
Rondon, clearly rusty from sinking Messi’s Argentina at the beginning of the international break, scuffed his sides chance to respond immediately firing a shot towards the near post which Arsenal stopped Bernd Leno was equal to.
Emery’s men could have taken a healthy lead into the break if it wasn’t for the valiant efforts of Dubravka and Matt Richie, the latter preventing Lacazette with a goal-line clearance.
A one goal lead is never safe so Emery saw fit to introduce Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after 70 minutes, and the Gambian immediately set about his work – first testing the hands of Dubravka with a stinging shot before releasing his partner with a cheeky flick on through on goal, the Frenchman only too happy to oblige with a chipped goal.
Ozil was back to his best winning the Man of the Match award, but credit should also be given to outbound star Aaron Ramsey.
It seems in the knowledge of his impending departure from his long-term home to Juventus at the end of the season, the Welshman has really turned it up to eleven. He put in an inspired performance last night with the armband, finding small pockets of space to break apart a compact Newcastle defensive unit, the Welshman deserved to open the scoring with a classy finish in the opening 45 minutes.
Of course, his delightful performance pleased Arsenal fans as he helped secure a crucial three points, but they may have also experienced sadness as he showed them exactly what they’ll miss next season.
He may have been withdrawn prematurely due an injury, but the Turin-bound ace really showed what they’ll be missing next season, and to lose him for free must be painful.