Kept his concentration to bat away shots from Remy and Gouffran.
Pushed Arsenal closer to clinching fourth spot with his second goal of the season and barely raised a sweat at the other end of the pitch.
Sensibly supported Arsenal's attacks and Newcastle lacked the penetration to trouble his suspect defending.
Did not look like a player seeing out his Arsenal career. Defended solidly and bombed forward to support the attacks at every opportunity.
Strolled through the game with ease.
Showed once again what Arsenal so badly missed during his half-season absence with another turbo-charged, dynamic display. Produced one of the passes of the game to send Podolski clear on goal in the first half and opened up the visitors time and again.
Grew in authority as the game progressed and looked comfortable with his right-flank role, producing some flashes of magic in between more leisurely moments. Nonchalantly turned in his first goal for seven weeks and curled in a perfect cross to set up Giroud for the third. Got a standing ovation when he was subbed.
Mixed majesty with more humble offerings but his floated free-kick induced panic in the Newcastle defence to set up the opening goal.
A display that was as smooth and neat as the stand-in skipper's appearance. Produced a fine ball to send Giroud clear on goal in the build-up to Arsenal's second.
Everything but the goal for the German. Wasted two good chances to add to his consecutive doubles but looked hungry and menacing. Almost undroppable at the moment.
Notched his 21st goal of the season - and 15th in the league - when he headed in the third but did little to dispel the notion that he is a rung or two below the calibre of striker needed to spearhead the Arsenal attack with the usual mixture of the good, the bad and the somewhere-in-between.
Prevented a rout with some fine reflex saves. Twice denied Podolski in the first half and made a superb double-save from Giroud before Ozil tapped in the rebound to put Arsenal 2-0 up. Blotted his copy-book by getting caught in no-man's land for Kosicelny's goal.
Had to mark a revitalised Ozil for most of the game and struggled to deal with the German's intelligence and movement.
At fault for the opening two goals as he struggled to cope with a revitalised Arsenal, particularly by playing Giroud on-side for the second.
An excellent early block from an Ozil cross set the tone for a resilient display. Comfortably the best of Newcastle's defenders.
Occasionally interchanged positions with Sissoko and came close to scoring an equaliser with a screamer from distance. Did not look quite so at home in defensive situations and got caught out for Arsenal's third.
Looked the most composed of Newcastle's three central midfielders but unable to get a foothold in the game.
Showed more fight than many of his team-mates but lacked quality on the ball.
Epitomised Newcastle's recent decline with a meek display that featured only one move of real note.
His speed and ball-carrying posed problems for the Arsenal defence but flitted in and out of the game. Made a bad man-marking error when he allowed Koscielny to wriggle free and poke in the opening goal.
Looked out of his depth in central midfield against such technically adept opponents. Subbed midway through second half.
Only fleeting glimpses of his goal threat on his long-awaitd return. Shot too close to Szczesny on the one occasion he surged clear of the Arsenal defence.