Arsenal slip up in EPL as Newcastle come from behind for victory

Jo Caldwell
April 16, 2018

Newcastle, who are in 10th spot, have 41 points.

Alexandre Lacazette had fired the visitors, whose season now rests on their Europa League fortunes, into a 14th-minute lead, only for Ayoze Perez to level against the run of play.

Following a series of contentious incidents during VAR's trial in this season's FA Cup, Premier League clubs voted on Friday not to push ahead with its implementation for next season.

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Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has explained why his side lost 2-1 to Newscastle United at St James Park on Sunday in the Premier League.

This match against Rafa Benitez's side doesn't really hold too much significance for the Gunners with a place in the top four all but gone, with all the focus on the Europa League. They face Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.

Arsenal's defending also looked suspect for the decisive strike.

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Perez delivered a fine finish for the goal, drifting in at the near post to glance home a right-wing cross from DeAndre Yedlin. Arsenal show no interest in the Premier League losing in northern England.

Ritchie scored the victor against Manchester United on February 11 that kickstarted Newcastle's surge to safety and he did the same here, running onto Perez's flick off Islam Slimani's header to beat Petr Cech from 12 meters (yards).

Newcastle were close to scoring again three minutes later after Islam Slimani dazzled Rob Holding with some brilliant skill, but the Algerian's cross could only be shot into the side-netting by Perez.

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Kenedy, on loan from Chelsea, came close to putting the result beyond doubt with a looping effort that hit the crossbar with Cech beaten.

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