Arsenal keep European hopes alive as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Elneny strike against Newcastle, who stay nine points clear of relegation zone

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Elneny struck for Arsenal as they put their Europa League disappointment behind them in a 2-0 win over Newcastle.

The Gunners lost the first leg of their semi-final against Villarreal in midweek and sought a confidence boosting victory in the Premier League.

Aubameyang strikes against Newcastle

It came to be, albeit it in fairly uninspiring circumstances.

A first half shot from Egyptian ace Elneny crept into the back of the net after Aubameyang scuffed an attempt on goal.

And a dreary game was given a second goal just after the hour-mark when Aubameyang sent the ball home from a lovely Gabriel Martinelli cross.

It was the fifth successive game in which he has scored against the Magpies, in his first start since returning from a bout of malaria.

There was some bad news for the Gunners, who move back ahead of Aston Villa into ninth, 12 points behind fourth-place Chelsea.

Arsenal players celebrate their second goal against Newcastle

Defender David Luiz was forced off through injury, with his hamstring appearing to go when playing the ball.

A vital squad member, the Brazilian will be missed if he is absent for the run-in.

Luiz was later seen with strapping on his hamstring

Meanwhile, Newcastle United saw themselves go down to ten men in injury time when Fabian Schar was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Martinelli.

He will now miss their next three games, which will have a huge impact on their season.

They now sit 17th, nine points clear of relegation but face Leicester, Man City, Sheffield United, and Fulham – who are battling for survival behind them in 18th spot.

This tackle saw Schar sent off at the very end of the game