ARSENAL brushed aside Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium this evening.
Two goals apiece from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla gave Arsene Wenger’s side a convincing 4-1 Premier League win at the Emirates Stadium.
Ayoze Perez scored a consolation goal for Newcastle, who return to North London on Wednesday night for a Capital One Cup quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur.
United will be without Daryl Janmaat at White Hart Lane.
The defender will serve a one-game suspension after being shown his fifth yellow card of the season.
Arsenal took the game to Newcastle from the first whistle, and Pardew’s side rarely got at Arsene Wenger’s makeshift defence – featuring old boy Mathieu Debuchy out of position at centre-half – before the break.
Defender Per Mertesacker struck the crossbar with a backwards header from a Cazorla corner in the eighth minute, and the club’s breakthrough wasn’t long in coming.
Arsenal quickly broke forward after United lost possession in the 15th minute, and Giroud got the better of Janmaat – Debuchy’s replacement at St James’s Park – to head a right-wing Alexis Sanchez cross past Jak Alnwick, making his full debut.
Welbeck had a goal disallowed for a foul on Janmaat soon after the strike.
Newcastle struggled to get out of their own half, and Welbeck put another opportunity wide of Alnwick’s goal.
There were claims for a penalty at the other end of the pitch after Welbeck inadvertently handled the ball in the 33rd minute as United found some momentum.
Mike Williamson headed a Jack Colback free-kick goalward, and Wojciech Szczesny’s somehow stopped his effort on the line. Szczesny also blocked a follow-up effort from Papiss Demba Cisse.
But Arsenal put the game beyond Newcastle early in the second half.
Cazorla skipped into the box and past United captain Fabricio Coloccini before beating Alnwick in the 54th minute, and Giroud flicked Hector Bellerin’s cross from the right past Alnwick for the home side’s third goal as the hour-mark approached.
Perez gave Newcastle a glimmer of hope in the 63rd minute with a diving header from a Colback free-kick.
Cazorla, however, netted a fourth from the spot in the 89th minute after Paul Dummett was adjudged to have brought down Welbeck.
ARSENAL: Szczesny, Bellerin, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Maitland-Niles, 90), Alexis (Coquelin, 87), Welbeck, Giroud (Podolski, 73). Subs not used: Martinez, Ajayi, Campbell, Sanogo.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Alnwick; Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett; Tiote, Colback; Gouffran, Perez (Armstrong, 82), Ameobi (Cabella, 56); Cisse (Riviere, 56). Subs not used: Woodman, Haidara, Anita, Vuckic.
Goals: Giroud 15, 58, Cazorla 54, 89, Perez 63
Bookings: Bellerin 37, Oxlade-Chamberlain 57, Tiote 59, Janmaat 81
Referee: Lee Mason (Bolton)