It was all smiles for the crowd at the Emirates as they are all but sure of seeing Arsenal take part in the UEFA Champions League yet again.
Super Eagles striker, Shola Ameobi, was on the losing side on Monday night at the Emirates as Arsenal whipped his team Newcastle United 3-0.
The victory for the Gunners moved them four points clear of Everton in the race for the final Champions League place while for Ameobi and teammates their misery continued as Monday’s defeat becomes the sixth successive loss for the Magpies.
Expectedly, it was Arsenal that started as the better side and they were the first to come close when Nacho Monreal sent a volley from the edge of the box just wide after a poor punch from Tim Krul.
It didn’t take too long for Arsenal to break the deadlock as Laurent Koscielny in the 26th minute poked the ball home from close range having latched on to Santi Cazorla’s free kick.
The Gunners almost doubled their advantage moments later but Lukas Podolski’s effort went narrowly wide, while Per Mertesacker tested Krul with a header from the resulting corner.
Arsenal did get their second before the break as Mesut Ozil swept home a rebound after Olivier Giroud had been thwarted by Krul twice in quick succession.
The Gunners wrapped up the points in the 66th minute when Giroud headed into the net from close range having combined well with Aaron Ramsey.
Still hoping for more bliss, Arsenal continued to look for a fourth goal and almost got it when Ozil linked up with compatriot Podolski, but the latter could only find the side-netting with his effort.
With three goals in the kitty and maximum points already secured, it was all smiles for the crowd at the Emirates as they are all but sure of seeing their team take part in the UEFA Champions League yet again.
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