Newcastle fell to their sixth successive defeat at the Emirates, as Arsenal cruised towards the Champions League with a comfortable 3-0 win.

Goals from Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud did the business for the Gunners, who barely had to get out of second gear to brush aside a poor Newcastle.

A combination of a lack of desire and some woeful defending cost Alan Pardew’s side and for the second game running, banners calling for the Toon boss to be sacked could be seen amongst the travelling fans.

And it’s easy to see why the fans are turning against their manager. Newcastle sat deep in the opening stages of the game tonight, allowing Arsenal to control possession and attempt to break them down.

Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy returned to the starting line-up, meaning the Magpies had arguably a full strength team on display, yet chose the negative attitude and tried to park the bus for a 0-0 draw. Take into account that Pardew’s side are stranded in mid-table and it’s difficult to understand why Newcastle can’t go out and attack the top sides and attempt to win some of their own fans back in the remaining games this season.

Arsenal actually started poorly. The tempo and creativity wasn’t there straight away but Newcastle offered very little going forward and in turn allowed the Gunners enough time to make a breakthrough.

And it came from a familiar source from a defensive point of view. A deep free kick was allowed to travel a long way into the box and both Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson failed to deal with it, allowing Koscielny to nip in ahead of Tim Krul and prod in.

From then on, the plan of frustrating Arsenal was gone. Three minutes later the home side almost doubled their lead. In-form striker Lukas Podolski was set free by Aaron Ramsey and only a fine save from Krul saved Newcastle.

Krul quickly became the busiest man in London. He was then called upon to brilliantly palm away a Podolski header from the resulting corner.

Newcastle’s only response came in the shape of Cheick Tiote’s 35-yard effort that was held easily by Wojciech Szczesny.

But it was Szczesny’s opposite number that had his work cut out. 14 minutes after his one-handed stop denied Podolski, Giroud was set free on the right and was one on one with the Dutchman. Krul saved well and even kept out the powerful follow-up shot from the French striker, only for the rebound to fall to Ozil, who converted from close range.

Replays showed that the German midfielder was offside when he scored but the nature of the contest ensured that the decision would hardly be crucial to the outcome of the match.

Newcastle’s best chance of getting anything from the match came 20 minutes into the second half, when Yoan Gouffran was sent through on goal by Remy. However, the former Bordeaux man didn’t get the best direction on the shot and Szczesny saved easily.

Just minutes later, Giroud finished Newcastle off.

Ozil again provided the assist, finding Giroud’s trademark near post run with a perfect cross, allowing the former Montpellier striker to power home a header.

The goal signalled the beginning of the banners going up calling for Pardew’s head. The lack of investment and questionable tactics were pointed at, while the Newcastle manager threw on Shola Ameobi and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from the subs bench.

Quite what Yanga-Mbiwa – a centre-back playing at right-back – was going to achieve in the game with seven minutes to go and his side three goals down, we have no idea.

The change summed up the cluelessness that surrounds Newcastle at the minute and the dire situation the club is in. The summer cannot come quickly enough for Pardew, who faces a fight to stay in a job and turn the mood on Tyneside around.