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English Premier League Report: Newcastle United v Arsenal 15 April 2018

English Premier League Report: Newcastle United v Arsenal 15 April 2018

Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal's 2-1 defeat at Newcastle was "the story of our season" after the Gunners crashed to a fifth consecutive away defeat in the Premier League.

Scotland global Matt Ritchie's third goal of the season added the Gunners' scalp to the one he collected from Manchester United in February after Ayoze Perez had cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette's opener. "We had 70 per cent of the ball, were 1-0 up and in the end you lose 2-1 and you wonder how you can lose this game", said a rueful Wenger.

"Of course it's a concern because traditionally we have a very strong record away from home". It doesn't make sense. Realistically, Arsenal already had no chance of making the top four and Wenger had been prioritising their Europa League campaign for several weeks.

When Arsenal signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, it didn't seem to bode well for Lacazette whose inconsistency had already put him under pressure.

Arsenal took an early lead through Alexandre Lacazette. Just moments after he was left writhing on the turf following a crunching challenge from Kenedy, Lacazette exacted revenge.

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Newcastle levelled when Mustafi was beaten to a near-post cross for the second league game in a row - this time by Perez, who deftly guided DeAndre Yedlin's pacy cross past Petr Cech.

The most worrying thing for Arsenal fans will be the opposition those defeats came against, with Premier League strugglers Swansea, Brighton and Bournemouth all claiming three points, while old north London adversaries Spurs triumphed in February. Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame slipped and gifted the ball to Lacazette who darted forward before picking out Willock, but the opportunity for a strike on goal sailed by while the teenager was trying to work out which foot to use.

Just to rub it in, Matt Ritchie then sealed the three points in Newcastle's favour when Islam Slimani's headed pass bobbled through to him on the edge of the Arsenal 18-yard box via a Perez flick and the midfielder obliged by clipping home the victor.

Ritchie clearly saves his goals for the big occasion, having scored the victor against Manchester United in February.

Former Chelsea man Kenedy also went close as he dribbled past his opponents and unleashed a shot but hit the cross-bar.


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