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Wenger rues VAR vote after Newcastle loss

16 April, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Joan Malone
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It did look promising for the Gunners at one stage after Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsène Wenger's men the lead in the 14th minute with a good finish at the end of a well-worked move.

So with the Magpies breaking their Arsenal hoodoo, who were the winners and losers?

With a nod perhaps to next season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger paired Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front and they combined for the goal, with Aubameyang clipping over a cross that Lacazette finished on the slide.

Matt Ritchie scored the victor as the Magpies went past the 40-point mark, 13 clear of the relegation zone.

With Joe Willock starting against Newcastle this afternoon, he became only the fourth player to be born after Arsene Wenger took charge of his first Arsenal match - joining Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah. As long as Southampton doesn't win the FA Cup, seventh place will earn Arsenal a Europa League qualifying spot.

Therefore, the game ended in yet another away loss for the Gunners, who have yet to even take a point away from home in the league in 2018, while the win all but means that Newcastle are safe from relegation this season.

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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.

It was Arsenal's 11th defeat of the season.

With Atletico Madrid to face in the semi-finals of the Europa League, Wenger will have to tighten things up at the back. "Today we didn't play fantastic football because we played an wonderful team, but you have to manage how you play and compete for the win".

Rafael Benitez admitted he could not have dreamt Newcastle would smash through the Premier League's 40-point barrier with five games to spare.

His recent form has been insatiable and should the midfield marvel continue to impress on Tyneside, then a place on the plane to Russian Federation for the World Cup this summer may not be out of the question for Shelvey. For a second time in a week he was beaten by a run at the near post with Perez this time the benefactor.

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