Olivier and Mesut both score against Geordie's
Olivier and Mesut both score against Geordie’s

Arsenal cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Newcastle to edge closer to a Champions League spot

Mesut Ozil scored one and set up another as Arsenal easily beat Newcastle and moved closer to sealing a fourth-place finish.

Laurent Koscielny opened the scoring  from a Santi Cazorla’s free-kick. Mesut Ozil then added a second  from close range and set up Olivier Giroud for the third.

It was Koscielny’s goal against Newcastle on the final day of last season that confirmed his side’s place in the Champions League qualifiers – and Arsenal will make certain of repeating that feat this time if they beat West Brom on Sunday.

Arsenal: Szczesny 7; Sagna 7, Mertesacker 7, Koscielny 8, Monreal 7; Arteta 7, Ramsey 8 (Rosicky 74); Cazorla 7, Ozil 7 (Flamini 74), Podolski 7; Giroud 7 (Sanogo 84).