Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Live updates from Reading FC v Newcastle United in Premier League 2

Live updates from Reading FC v Newcastle United in Premier League 2

After taking the lead, the visitors took control of the game for the next ten minutes or so and they nearly got a second goal when a good passing move ended with Alex Iwobi forcing a good save from Martin Dúbravka.

They have fared a little better on the road in continental competition, but Keown admits that struggles away from Emirates Stadium could end up costing Arsene Wenger's side dear - both at home and overseas. We'll talk it over the way we always do, every year.

The Spaniard needs to secure just three more points to guarantee Newcastle's stay in the Premier League and could even secure a top 10 finish if the side continue their run of four consecutive wins.

If Arsenal win the Europa League, and qualify for the Champions League as a result, it may be enough to save Wenger, but such an outcome should instead be regarded as the ideal platform for his successor to build a new team and start afresh.

'There are people that talk about "Young coaches and we give them time", but when a club wants to win quickly what they want is results and results with people who have been here for a while and know what the Premier League is and how hard it can be'. The team has had a sensational second half of the season.

"He [Benitez] was all about: "This is what we're going to do and this is how we're going to do it".

Benitez paid tribute to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City saying: 'Without any doubt they deserve the title.

The Gunners have now lost their last five away games in the Premier League and their only chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League is by winning the Europa League. They have been superior to everything else'.

He said: 'Anything could happen now. Any one of the four teams, including Liverpool, can reach the final and win it. Rafa, he argued, doesn't play an exciting enough brand of football for the Arsenal fans to get behind, that setting teams up to avoid defeat was his main footballing principle.

As Newcastle have improved with results and performances, it is also guaranteed to bring one other thing.

A 2-1 victory - which ended the Europa League semi-finalists' seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions - took the Magpies to 41 points and more importantly, 13 clear of the relegation zone to the delight of the majority of a 52,210 crowd.

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