Twitter Reacts As Arsenal Lose Out To Newcastle At St. James' Park

Tanya Simon
April 16, 2018

And in many ways, the result didn't matter.

Arsene Wenger has slammed a decision by Premier League clubs to not use VAR next season, calling the decision "very, very bad" and warning that it leaves English football "behind the rest of the world". The Magpies are safe.

"70 per cent of the ball, 2-1 up".

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to the line up after missing the Europa League clash on Thursday evening.

Of course, finishing behind Burnley wouldn't really matter either.

But there'd be a certain ignominy that would accompany finishing behind Burnley, one of the least talented and most cheap teams in the Premier League.

However, all Arsenal's solid work was soon undermined by yet more of the defensive frailty that has come to permeate their performances this season.

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The defeat means that the Gunners have now lost all five matches away from home in the Premier League in 2018.

"Their second goal sums up our away form this season - we made a number of mistakes which led to the goal". Four of the five have come at Newcastle, Bournemouth, Swansea and Brighton.

Arsene Wenger predictably blamed midweek exertions in Russian Federation though he still insisted Arsenal deserved to win...with Newcastle not even deserving of a point. We conceded two goals from nowhere.

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.

Ayoze Perez equalised shortly before the half-hour mark as he converted DeAndre Yedlin's cross.

The Lascelles incident did not distract from a poor showing from the Gunners in the second half, in which Matt Ritchie struck the game's crucial third goal to condemn the visitors to a fifth away defeat in a row in the top flght for the first time since 1984. Its inadequacy has nearly become boring.

Some 40 countries are using, trialling or interested in VAR technology, and both Germany and Italy introduced VAR across their top leagues this season.

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