Arsenal took another step closer to qualifying for the Champions League on Monday night by recording a 2-0 home win over a resilient, but limited Newcastle team at the Emirates Stadium.
Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring on the half-hour mark. However, it took the Gunners until the 83rd minute to seal the victory, as Alexandre Lacazette lobbed home to double their lead.
The team from north London could have recorded a bigger victory but for the performance of Magpies goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who pulled off a number of saves to keep the score respectable for the visitors.
Continued their good home run
The victory over Arsenal just felt like another routine win for the Gunners. However, the victory over the north east side means that Unai Emery’s side has now recorded ten straight home league wins in the Premier League.
It is the first time since 1998 that the team from north London have managed that particular feat. The Gunners attacking prowess on home soil has also been impressive, as they have scored at least two goals in nine of their ten victories at the Emirates Stadium. Emery’s side has also now kept clean sheets in three of their last four league games on home soil.
In all, Arsenal have turned the Emirates into a fortress and no team would fancy a trip to north London to face the Gunners.
The race for the Champions League extremely tight
Arsenal’s recent run of five wins in their last six league games has moved the Gunners up to third-place, above arch-rivals Tottenham by two points. However, the race for top-four spots is still incredibly close.
The Gunners are now just three points clear of sixth place Chelsea. Arsenal are now odds of 4/9 to claim a Champions League spot this season. Those odds make Emery’s side favourites behind top Manchester City and Liverpool to make the top four this season.
Next Sunday likely to be a tougher game
Arsenal face a potentially tough trip to Goodison Park to face Everton next Sunday. A few months ago, the Toffees would have been easy opponents. However, the Toffees have hit form of late.
Marco Silva’s team have drawn with Liverpool and beaten Chelsea in their last two home games. They also played West Ham off the park on Saturday evening. However, if Arsenal are going to finish in the top four, then it is the sort of game the Gunners need to win. Hopefully, Unai Emery’s side can continue their good form on Merseyside.
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