Arsenal’s French-born Ivorian midfielder Nicolas Pepe (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring their second objective through the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Newcastle United on the Emirates Stadium in London on February 16, 2020.
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Arsenal hauled themselves again into rivalry to qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League with a Four-Zero win over Newcastle because of second-half targets from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette.
Only a second league win for the Gunners below Mikel Arteta lifts Arsenal into 10th within the Premier League, however simply six factors adrift of Tottenham in fifth.
Manchester Metropolis’s two-season ban from European competitors means fifth will likely be sufficient to safe a Champions League place until the English champions achieve interesting that sanction to the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport.
Arteta, who left Metropolis to take his first senior managerial position on the Emirates in December, may very well be the beneficiary of his former employers’ punishment.
And there was loads of encouragement for the Spaniard in Arsenal’s second-half efficiency after an all too acquainted subdued first 45 minutes.
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Either side began the day within the backside half of the desk on 31 factors and it confirmed earlier than the break.
The guests had the higher probabilities as Joelinton screwed large earlier than Bernd Leno turned Sean Longstaff’s deflected shot to security.
Arteta handed Eddie Nketiah his first Premier League begin upfront on the expense of the out-of-form Lacazette.
Nonetheless, it took over half an hour for the 20-year-old to get a sight of objective when he fired too near Martin Dubravka.
Nketiah ought to have scored when he hit the bar from Pepe’s cut-back in an explosive begin to the second interval from Arsenal.
However Aubameyang confirmed his younger apprentice find out how to pounce in entrance of objective as he rose highest to energy dwelling Pepe’s floated cross on 54 minutes.
One of many revelations of Arteta’s early days in cost has been Bukayo Saka’s performances as a makeshift left-back.
No Arsenal participant has created extra targets than the 18-year-old this season and Saka nutmegged Valentino Lazaro earlier than teeing up Pepe to fireplace dwelling the hosts’ second from shut vary.
Newcastle have scored simply 24 targets in 26 league video games this season and their lack of a objective risk was apparent as they chased the sport within the remaining half-hour.
Ciaran Clark spurned an amazing likelihood to deliver the Magpies again into the sport by firing large with simply Leno to beat earlier than the mercurial Allan Saint-Maximin curled a shot off the put up.
Lacazette changed Nketiah 5 minutes from time and made a huge effect to offer his confidence a much-needed enhance.
Firstly, the Frenchman crossed for Ozil, whose tame shot squirmed by way of Dubravka’s grasp.
Luck then shone on Lacazette to finish a nine-game objective drought as his right-footed shot flicked off his left foot and flew into the highest nook within the fifth minute of stoppage time.