Emery guides his new Arsenal to third with 7 left games to play

Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0

Ramsey 30 Lacazette 83
A chunky musketeer with blue boots, Alexandre Lacazette came from Lyon in 2017.

He’s 27 but has been playing for France since he was fifteen.

Football is a contact sport and he became a master of bump & twist & feint & flick.

The second goal was a long time coming but turned out to be a fine example of this striker’s art.

When Laca gets that pass from Guendouzi and flicks the ball up so that the whole stadium can see the message on it: GIVE THIS BACK TO ME. Then Aubameyang jumps high to head the ball forward into the box and his mate reads the bounce and the flick floats beautifully over advancing goalkeeper Dubravka for 2-0. Game over.

Arsenal are third for the first time since February 2017.

When the game started Mathieu Guendouzi was playing with cavalier flair and athleticism, spreading the ball left and right, sprinting into support positions.

This nineteen year old is already a £60m footballer and by 2021 he will be good enough to play in any team, I reckon.

When a Lacazette pass hit a Yedlin and broke back into Ramsey’s run, the midfielder’s left-foot shot went in off the base of the far post.

A very well-taken goal, like so many the Welshman has scored.

He’s always been clever and arriving in scoring positions to convert chances like that.

Newcastle’s only shot on target was a Rondon effort two minutes after Ramsey scored.

VERDICT: Unai Emery impresses me more and more. This was the most comprehensive team performance of the season and it came from a team that had not played for 15 days

Beating Spurs 4-2 was an exciting result but last night was more important. Of course the new team is a work-in-progress and the Head Coach would be the first to say that.

On New Year’s Day, they were five points below the top four.

This comprehensive 2-0 victory means that Arsenal are third in the Premier League with seven games left to play.

ARSENAL Leno; Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Guendouzi, Kolasinac; Iwobi, Ozil; Lacazette. 

Subs: Cech, Jenkinson, Elneny, Suarez, Nketiah, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang.

NEWCASTLE : Dubravka; Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Yedlin, Hayden, Diame, Ritchie; Perez, Rondon, Almiron. 

Subs: Darlow, Fernandez, Kenedy, Ki, Manquillo, Shelvey, Muto