Arsenal got back to winning ways with a storming second half against Newcastle.
After a poor first period, a quickfire double from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe handed Mikel Arteta’s side the win, with Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette wrapping up the 4-0 victory late on.
The result has given Mikel Arteta’s side the perfect boost following the much needed winter break in Dubai.
Arsenal are now seven points adrift of Chelsea in 4th and six behind 5th place Tottenham who occupy the final Champions League spot.
Despite closing the gap to those above, both Gunners hero Ian Wright and Alan Shearer have played down Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top five and potentially securing a Champions League.
Speaking on Match of the Day, Wright said: ‘When you’re looking at Tottenham at the moment, the way they dug that out today. Sheffield United look brilliant, they look pretty good Sheffield United.
‘If Sheffield United finish there [sixth] it would be a magnificent season. Wolves you feel now, with that fifth place such an important position to finish now, you feel like they’ll kick on.
‘I think it’s going to take a lot for Arsenal to finish in fifth now. Teams are going to have drop points and Arsenal are going to have to really kick on with a run.’
Fellow pundit Alan Shearer was even more downbeat on Arsenal’s chances, adding: ‘I don’t see them being good enough to get into the top five.
‘I think there’s a lot of work that needs to be done there and he [Mikel Arteta] won’t have the time or the players to do it all this season.
‘They’re going to have to wait, spend a lot of money in the summer, and do a lot of things differently to what they’ve been doing, because I don’t see them being good enough to get into the top five.’