Arsenal get back to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Newcastle United, thanks to goals from Elneny and Aubameyang.
The defeat leaves Steve Bruce’s side in 17th position, but still with a comfortable nine-point lead over Fulham. The Cottagers, however, may well draw a little inspiration from this result.
Arsenal’s 1-0 lead at half-time flattered Newcastle, whose passive display was symptomatic of the bulk of their season and was a let-off for what should have been vulnerable opponents.
The ball belonged almost exclusively to the visitors during the opening five minutes, and it was a period they deservedly climaxed with the opening goal.
David Luiz sprung the pass that set Hector Bellerin clear on the right.
He then drew back Aubameyang and the striker’s rustiness saw him turn unwitting provider when his mis-hit shot landed for Elneny, who volleyed into the bottom corner from 14 yards.
It was the midfielder’s first Premier League goal in his 66th appearance, something of a surprise given the execution of his finish.
Gunners didn’t show much urgency to get a second, until Martinelli superbly picked out Aubameyang in the box and the striker fired it into the back of the net, to double his sides lead and mark his return to the starting line-up with a goal.
It got worse for Newcastle, after Schar was shown a straight red card on 90 minutes for a late challenge on Martinelli.
This win moves the Gunners up to ninth in the table and they will now turn their attentions back to the Europa League, as they welcome Villarreal in their semi-final second leg.
Meanwhile Newcastle remain 17th, nine points above the relegation zone and they face Leicester City next time out.