ICYMI : Newcastle Come From Behind to Shock Woeful Arsenal at St. Jame’s Park

Newcastle ensure survival as Arsenal away woes continue Arsenal’s woeful away form shows no sign of improving as Newcastle all but ensured Premier League survival with a spirited comeback at St. James’ Park. Despite a perfect start for the Gunners as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set up Alexandre Lacazette for the opening goal after 14 minutes. But […]

Newcastle ensure survival as Arsenal away woes continue

Arsenal’s woeful away form shows no sign of improving as Newcastle all but ensured Premier League survival with a spirited comeback at St. James’ Park.

Despite a perfect start for the Gunners as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set up Alexandre Lacazette for the opening goal after 14 minutes.

But the Gunners’ all-too-familiar defensive struggles soon cost them again, as Ayoze Perez beat Shkodran Mustafi to a cross from DeAndre Yedlin and hammered his effort past Petr Cech.

Matt Ritchie’s second-half winner means the Gunners have now lost five straight league away games for the first time in the Premier League era, and are the only team in English football without a single point on the road since the start of 2018.

With Arsenal clearly rocked, Newcastle nearly had a third minutes later, but Kenedy’s chip hit the crossbar.

In the Gunners’ defence, it was once again a makeshift side as Wenger rotated heavily again after returning to London early Friday morning from their Europa League quarterfinal at CSKA Moscow. The likes of Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny all left at home, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is still out injured.

If there was one positive for Arsenal in this game, it was that any doubts about whether Aubameyang and Lacazette can play together vanished very quickly, as their combination produced a goal and came close on another occasion.

The win gives Rafa Benitez’s side 41 points, and if they were not already safe from relegation, then surely they are now.

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