Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised his team’s performance after securing a 3-0 victory over Newcastle as they edge closer to holding on to 4th place.
The Gunners have won three games in a row since the setback on Merseyside and now sit four points clear of the Toffees with just two games remaining.
The French manager has stated that he was very pleased with their win against the Magpies and also feels that his team are back to their best.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
It was a bit of a slow start but we got a grip on the game and became stronger. We controlled the second half well.
You could see there is a harmony in the team again and our fluency is strong. We look always like we can create and for a while we had problems on that front. Now that people are back and everyone is confident again you can see that we always look like we can score.
It is about getting over the line and finishing the job [to secure a top-four place] now. We want to do it on Sunday against West Brom, who are a dangerous team as well.
It would be nice to do it as quickly as possible but let’s focus on taking as many points as we can. We are at 73 points, with six more points possible and 79 would be a decent total and show as well that we have moved forward.
We are in a cup final and we can make 79 points [which] would be great. All together on the performance of the season, it would look much better.
Mesut Ozil scored his first league goal of 2014 and assisted another, while Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud also found the score sheet for Arsenal, who won their third straight league match following a four-match win less run.
With the victory, fourth-placed Arsenal moved onto 73 points, four ahead of Everton with two matches left. The Gunners need just one more win at home to Norwich this weekend to seal their qualification for the Champions League after their slump in form.
The qualification could be confirmed even sooner as Everton host Manchester City on Saturday and if Roberto Martinez’s side lose to City, it will be impossible to catch Arsenal, which would mean the Gunners could even know their fate before they play their next game against West Brom Albion the following day.