Friday 23 August 2019

Arsenal sweep aside Newcastle to move ahead of top four rivals

Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0

Unai Emery (Adam Davy/PA)
Unai Emery (Adam Davy/PA)

Arsenal moved into third place in the Premier League table after a comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle at the Emirates.

Goals from Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette proved enough for Unai Emery's side, who overtook rivals Spurs in the top four race.

Arsenal thought they had taken an early lead when Aaron Ramsey converted a corner at the far post, but it was ruled out for a foul.

Referee Anthony Taylor ruled Sokratis Papastathopoulos to have pulled Florian Lejeune's shirt.

Ramsey did not have too much longer to wait to get on the scoresheet as he hit the back of the net again after half an hour and this one stood.

After his flick set Alexandre Lacazette clear, he surged into the box and stroked the loose ball into the bottom corner.

Only a brilliant goal-line clearance from Matt Ritchie denied Arsenal a second on the stroke of half-time.

The winger was a brilliant last line of defence to block Lacazette's fierce volley as it stayed 1-0.

The Gunners were dealt an injury blow in the second half as goalscorer Ramsey was forced off.

The WalUnai Emery's side killed the game with six minutes to go as Lacazette produced a sublime finish to put them 2-0 up.

The striker latched on to substitute Aubameyang's flick to chip the ball over stranded goalkeeper Martin international was replaced by Mohamed Elneny as he went straight down the tunnel.

The Gunners comfortably saw the game out to secure an important 2-0 win, moving above Tottenham in the table and into third.

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