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Arsenal defeat Newcastle 2-0 ahead of crunch Europa League semi

London, May 2 (EFE).- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Sunday bagged a goal and an assist as Arsenal defeated Newcastle United 0-2 to maintain their slim hopes of qualifying for next season’s European competitions through the Premier League.

Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny set his team on the path to victory just five minutes into the game when he fired home a shot from the edge of the penalty area after the Gabonese had miss-kicked for his first Premier League goal for Arsenal.

Arsenal doubled their lead shortly after the hour when Aubameyang acrobatically volleyed in a cross from Gabriel Martinelli to end a two-month goalless drought in style.

 The win brings Arsenal’s tally to 49 points in ninth spot, six points behind fifth-placed West Ham United, who visit Burnley on Monday.

Newcastle, meanwhile, hold the 17th spot with 36 points, nine points clear of the relegation zone.

The win gives Arsenal a much-needed morale boost ahead of their Europa League semifinal second leg against Villarreal in which they will seek to turn around their 2-1 deficit. EFE

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