Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil said he was satisfied with the team’s 2-0 win over Newcastle that saw them leap over North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the standings.
With Monday night’s result, the Gunners move to third place in the Premier League standings, two points ahead of Spurs and Manchester United.
“Our aim is to get into the top four. Of course we’re happy that we’re in front of Tottenham,” Ozil said after the match. “It’s always a big competition with them. If we play like today, we have a few more games in front of us and we want to win them. We want to take all the points to get into the top four at the end of the season.”
Aaron Ramsey scored in the 30th minute and Alexandre Lacazette added the second goal in the 83rd minute in a dominant performance at Emirates Stadium for Arsenal, who have won 10 straight home league games within a single season for the first time since May 1998.
“My work is to give everything on the pitch, like today. I only want to help my teammates to win the game. I think we played very well as a team, not just me. It was a team effort,” Ozil said.
Arsenal coach Unai Emery said the win came “at the most important moment of the season.”
On Ozil’s play on the night, Emery said: “[He] has quality, when he can find the best performance for the team, he is playing like we want with the system and how tactically we want. He is giving us his quality.”
Ramsey’s goal may have felt bittersweet for Arsenal fans. The Wales international will trade the Premier League for Serie A in the summer after he signed a four-year deal with Juventus in February.
However, his night ended prematurely when he picked up an injury in the 66th minute and immediately signaled to come off.
Lacazette echoed his manager’s sentiments on the night’s effort.
“The coach said we had to be patient and efficient in the box, and we did that. It’s always like this against Newcastle. We are happy,” Lacazette told Sky Sports.
“I can feel the difference in the atmosphere from last season. Now we can maybe go to the Champions League.”