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Arsenal go third after Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette sink Newcastle

It does not feel as though it was that long ago when Arsenal trailed Tottenham by 10 points. What a turnaround there has been since then. This was a hard-fought victory over a Newcastle team who made a game of it in the second half but, when the dust had settled, the table showed Unai Emery’s team had leapfrogged Spurs and Manchester United into third place.

Aaron Ramsey fired Arsenal into a deserved lead and although Newcastle pushed they did not manage to threaten Bernd Leno’s goal. Alexandre Lacazette made the points safe with a clever lob and it added up to a 10th home win in succession in the league. Not since the 1997-98 title-winning season have Arsenal managed that.

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