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

Newcastle defeat 'story of our season', says Wenger

Newcastle defeat 'story of our season', says Wenger

Arsenal's away day blues continued yesterday as Arsene Wenger's side slipped to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Newcastle.

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But football's lawmakers, who ironically include the English FA, have given VARs the thumbs up, starting with the World Cup, and Wenger warned: "We are behind the rest of the world". There is no Emirates Cup competition this year but potentially five further Europa League qualifying dates on Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

In terms of the game itself, it began at a slow pace as both teams wanted to see how each other were going to approach the game and that caused the Magpies a problem as the Gunners took the lead with their first real attack of the game.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran onto a long ball into the Newcastle area and picked out Lacazette, who stretched to volley home at the far post for his 13th goal of a hard first season following his move from Lyon.

The Arsenal fan and former player coming out with some pretty unusual reasoning. Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame slipped and gifted the ball to Lacazette who darted forward before picking out Willock, but the opportunity for a strike on goal sailed by while the teenager was trying to work out which foot to use.

'I know someone very close to him, I was speaking to him on Friday actually, he wants to see this job through and take Newcastle to that next level - above Arsenal.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez feels they have done enough to cement their place in the Premier League for another season after beating Arsenal.

I think he has the desire.

'I guess that means the top-six.

He said: 'The fact that you get linked, it is something positive because it makes you proud of your career trajectory.

The visitors were unbeaten at Newcastle in over a decade but they chose to throw that record away, putting in a display worth being vilified and berated for.

"To have lost three on the trot, to have gone out the Champions League and lost to Manchester United, to then go and play Tottenham and just blow them away like that".

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