Defensive errors cost Arsenal again as away-day misery goes on

English Premier League match report Newcastle United v Arsenal 15 April 2018

He said: "It's a bit 'the story of the season".

Aubameyang's arrival has lightened the goal-scoring burden on Lacazette, bagging six goals in seven league appearances.

However, Benitez's men showed grit and determination to come back from a goal down, equalising in the first half after Perez got on the end of a delightful Yedlin cross, before Ritchie compounded misery on the travelling Arsenal fans with a scintillating second-half strike.

The Magpies cemented their unlikely place in the top 10 with a 2-1 comeback victory over Arsenal at St James' Park on Sunday to ease themselves to 41 points and 13 clear of the drop zone.

Arsenal are yet to pick up a single away point in 2018, having played five and lost five since the turn of the year. Realistically, Arsenal already had no chance of making the top four and Wenger had been prioritising their Europa League campaign for several weeks. "Still feel you're capable of finishing above Burnley", - Match of the Day host and former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker fired over a sarcastic tweet as his former rivals sit sixth in the table and just two points above the Clarets.

After the game, which was decided by goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie, Lineker took to his personal Twitter account to pay credit to the Spanish boss, stating: "Well played Rafa Benitez".

Jonjo Shelvey's rich vein of form continued as he displayed a range of passing which helped to keep Newcastle in a game which might otherwise have run away from them.

The decision not to bring in the system next season was made at a recent Premier League shareholders meeting in London, when all 20 member clubs voted.

The stage was set for Arsenal to kick on an dominate this match but they just didn't. Thierry Henry is actually the only French player who has scored more goals in their debut Premier League season with 17 than Lacazette on 11.

"It's a good opportunity for him and a good chance for me to see whether he's ready to play regularly at this level". They face Atlético Madrid in the semi-finals.

"It was promising what they did in the first half".

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