29 Apr 2014

Arsenal beat Newcastle to tighten grip on fourth

11:30 am on 29 April 2014

The Arsenal football club all but secured their place in the Champions League for a 17th consecutive season with a comfortable 3-nil Premier League win against Newcastle United.

With just two games remaining Arsenal have 73 points, four clear of fifth placed Everton who lost 2-0 at Southampton and have still to play title favourites Manchester City.

Arsenal opened the scoring in the 26th minute through Laurent Koscielny who prodded home Santi Cazorla's free kick.

Mesut Ozil then doubled the hosts lead in the 42nd minute with a tap in after Tim Krul had twice denied Olivier Giroud.

Arsenal were rarely threatened and added a third after 66 minutes through a powerful Giroud header.