Mikel Arteta has claimed Arsenal's 3-0 victory over Newcastle is a massive step towards Champions League qualification.
Arsene Wenger's side are now four points ahead of Everton in the race to secure a top-four finish, with just two matches remaining.
The Spaniard was influential in midfield alongside Aaron Ramsey ensuring the Magpies didn't have a sniff on goal.
Arteta told Sky Sports:
"It was a good win, I think we had most of chances and possession.
"It was really important for us to win tonight and goal difference can be really important as well so we are really pleased with our performance.
"I think the first goal was really important, we had to break them down. I think after they opened up in the second half and we created more chances so the clean sheet is massive and the three goals for us is very important."Arteta was quick to praise the influence of man of the match Mesut Ozil on the result as the German put in a fantastic performance to help secure all three points.
"He's very important for the team. He's been missed while he's been injured.
"We've missed very important players through an important period of the season so we're really pleased to have people like him back in the team and performing at the top because that's what we need.
"We needed to get back (to form) because everything is very tight. There's only two games to go and we want to finish on a high."The Gunners will face West Brom in their final home game of the season at the Emirates on Sunday and a win would clinch the fourth spot.
"We've got a massive chance at home last game of the season which is always very important and the atmosphere is great so let's take it and don't take any chances."