April 1, 2019 / 9:12 PM / 3 months ago

Soccer-Arsenal climb to third with victory over Newcastle

* Arsenal move into Champions League spots with 2-0 Newcastle win

* Ramsey scored on the half-hour to put hosts ahead at Emirates

* Lacazette doubled lead in 83rd minute with a chip over Dubravka

* Result lifted Arsenal to third above Spurs, Manchester United

* Arsenal visit Everton next, Newcastle host Crystal Palace


LONDON, April 1 (Reuters) - Goals from Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal a 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday and lifted them to third place in the Premier League above rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

Ramsey found his way through a packed defence on the half hour following a sweeping move, finding Lacazette and racing forward into the area to meet the return pass with a sweetly timed left-foot shot that went in off the far post.

Lacazette put the game to bed in the 83rd minute when Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles failed to clear a header into the area from Arsenal substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Frenchman nipped in behind Lascelles and chipped an inch-perfect ball over keeper Martin Dubravka to seal the win.

The result put Arsenal on 63 points, two ahead of Spurs and Manchester United, with London rivals Chelsea a further point behind, as they kept alive their hopes of a top-four finish and qualification for Champions League football next season.

Newcastle remain in 14th place on 35 points. (Reporting by Hugh Lawson; editing by Ken Ferris)

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