Arsenal eased to a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Newcastle on Monday April 1. A goal in each half from Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette took the Gunners to third in the table, two points ahead of Tottenham and Manchester United.
The game started slowly as both sides failed to create a clear-cut opening in the early exchanges. The first flash point happened in the 13th minute. Ramsey had a goal disallowed after he slotted in from a corner when referee Anthony Taylor judged that Sokratis fouled Florian Lejeune in what seemed a harsh decision.
At the half hour mark Arsenal went ahead. A loose ball fell to Ramsey inside the area and the Welshman struck in off the post to put his side in front.
The London side began to dominate after the first goal. Saed Kolasinac almost added to the lead in the 37th minute but headed straight at Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka after meeting Mesut Ozil's cross.
Arsenal got into many good positions late in the first half as Kolasinac was guilty of wasting the final ball on numerous occasions. The best chance fell to Lacazette right at the end of the half, but the Frenchman saw his shot brilliantly cleared of the line by Matt Ritchie.
As the second-half began the hosts continued their domination but failed to create any clear opportunities. Substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a shot saved by Dubravka in the 73rd minute after being put through by Ozil.
The visitors found it hard to get out of their half as substitute Ki Seung-Yeung shot over the bar in the 80th minute in what was one of the few attempts on goal. But the home side finally doubled their lead. Lacazette ran onto a flick by Aubameyang to lob over the goalkeeper and secure the victory.
Arsenal are now in the driving seat in the race for the Champions league spots as they move above both Spurs and Man Utd into third place in the table. The result also means the Gunners have won ten consecutive matches at home for the first time since 1998.