Bukayo Saka 8, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 7; Callum Wilson 4: Arsenal v Newcastle player ratings

Gunners claim a 3-0 win at the Emirates to move into the top half of the Premier League table

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Arsenal moved up into the top half of the Premier League table on Monday night after beating Newcastle United 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

After a goalless first half, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice for his first league goals since December 16 either side of a Bukayo Saka finish.

It was a fifth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions for Arsenal and a fourth win in five league matches.

“We’re all coming together as a group," attacking midfielder Emile Smith Rowe said. "We’ve had some meetings off the pitch. The whole group is so much stronger and it showed on the pitch.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta echoed that sentiment. “The spirit is better,” he said. "We have to maintain that run.”

For Newcastle, the defeat continues a worrying slump in form and although they remain in 15th place, they are only seven points from the relegation zone.

“There’s no denying that confidence is low,” manager Steve Bruce said. “We have to keep plugging away at it.”

Assessing the performances at the Emirates Stadium, Nick Judd has provided his player ratings in the photo gallery above. To move on to the next photo, click on the arrows or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.