Newcastle defeat 'story of our season', says Wenger

Lloyd Doyle
April 17, 2018

'They have very good players and the style that Pep likes, which is so quick, they have been able to play with that speed and intensity.

Arsenal plays Atletico Madrid in the semifinals.

To make his point, Keown highlighted similar mistakes by Mustafi against Southampton and Newcastle as he allowed a player to score after beating him to a cross in both games. There is no Emirates Cup competition this year but potentially five further Europa League qualifying dates on Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

The loss left Arsenal in danger of dropping below seventh-place Burnley with a month left of the season.

Sunday's result came after Arsenal nearly threw away a 4-1 lead over CSKA as they went 2-0 down in the second leg of their quarter-final.

I remember going down to London for a meeting nearly a decade ago and stayed over for a few days, Arsenal were playing a Champions League match and I watched it with another Newcastle fan who was also down for this business meeting. As we enthused about it and described what happened, his reaction to the goal/game was 'Yeah, it was alright but these Champions League group stages are just so boring now'.

Rafa Benitez has admitted that moves have been made to keep him at Newcastle beyond the end of next season, and spoke about being proud that his management record has seen him linked to the Arsenal job.

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"40 points was the target at the start of the season and hopefully we've done enough now to secure our Premier League status", Matt Ritchie told Sky Sports.

That is the verdict of former Premier League star turned pundit Danny Murphy.

"I mean, Saturday night's game - that's as good as it gets! I think that is a very bad decision." .

They were too strong for Arsenal on Sunday and have been at the heart of the team's run of four consecutive league wins. While they managed to avoid a collapse in that match and battled back to a 2-2 draw, there was nothing surprising about their failure to see out a 1-0 lead over Newcastle, even if the Magpies had not beaten them on home soil in 13 years. "Once you're in a negative spiral like this it is very hard to get out of".

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