Arsenal away form hits 93-year low in Newcastle United defeat

Arsenal away form hits 93-year low in Newcastle United defeat

Arsenal's 2-1 defeat away at Newcastle means the Gunners are still yet to accrue a Premier League point away from home in 2018.

Despite taking the lead at St James' Park, the north Londoners have now lost all five of their top-flight games on the road this calendar year.

Their latest positive result, Sunday's 2-1 victory over Arsenal, saw Benitez and his men pick up their fourth consecutive victory, having beaten Southampton, Huddersfield and Leicester in recent weeks, and while not mathematically safe, seem a near-certainty to be in the top flight next season.

Newcastle sensed the chance for a first home league win over Arsenal since 2005 and Ritchie proved to be the hero, finishing in style on 68 minutes to move the Magpies onto 41 points, 13 above the bottom three.

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Willock may have had to wait for his Premier League debut but has already played in the Europa League, appearing in both group games against Red Star and BATE Borisov, while also coming on as a substitute in the second leg of the round of 32 tie against FK Ostersund. "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.

Full-back Calum Chambers passed up an opportunity to restore the Gunners' lead six minutes before the break when unlike Lacazette, he could not stretch far enough to direct Mustafi's headed cross on goal.

Asked if he was pleased with his team's reaction to going a goal behind, Benitez said: "Yes, it is something significant to see the reaction of every single player, even the fans, they had the belief that we could score and we did it and after you could see we were suffering sometimes as it's a very good team so to beat a team like this is very impressive".

"By not making the same errors we have up to now, it's quite baffling because traditionally we have been very strong away from home". But these players are quality and we need to forget about today and focus on the next game. They face Atletico Madrid in the last four and will qualify for the Champions League if they win the competition. Unfortunately, the Premier League has decided not to go for VAR. It has a subconscious weight in our minds. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had started wide on the left, found time and space to cross for Lacazette, who connected at full stretch with a firm effort to power the ball past Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.