Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez delivers brilliant reaction to Arsenal win

Hope Soto
April 16, 2018

But as they did against Swansea and Bournemouth, the Gunners snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, with Matt Ritchie scoring the victor for Newcastle.

Arsenal managed to secure the win against Southampton at home last week but even then, their defending was hardly convincing as the Saints struck twice.

Arsene Wenger's side pressed forward to level up matters but Benitez men held on to claim maximum points at Saint James' Park.

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.

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

The defeat leaves Arsenal in sixth place, just two points above Burnley and with plenty to ponder.

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They are in fact the only club to have not registered a single away point in the new year - a wretched record for a club of their standard.

Perhaps encouraged by an Arsenal team sheet showing six changes from the side which had drawn away to CSKA Moscow on Thursday, the Magpies started at a high tempo but soon found themselves forced back into their own half with Lacazette scuffing a fifth-minute shot wide after turning neatly on the edge of the box. The Magpies are looking like a tough team to beat, and who knows where this red hot form will see them finish.

The stage was set for Arsenal to kick on an dominate this match but they just didn't.

With Atletico Madrid to face in the semi-finals of the Europa League, Wenger will have to tighten things up at the back. Overall we played with a good spirit but with a bad result.

Premier League clubs voted on Friday not to introduce video assistant referees (VAR) for next season, after it was agreed that more testing was required before it could be used in matches.

Shelvey's long-range passing was the tale of the match at times, with Perez and Gayle often on the receiving end of the Englishman's well-timed distribution, as they caused Arsenal's defence a number of problems all game.

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