Defeat for Arsenal at Newcastle very 'hard to swallow' for Wenger


But there were a few notable trends stemming from Newcastle's 2-1 victory. Overall we played with a good spirit but with a bad result.

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Ayoze Perez was crowded out as he look to head a Dwight Gayle cross from the right, ahead of the opening goal from Lacazette with just 14 minutes played.

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"By not making the same errors we have up to now, it's quite baffling because traditionally we have been very strong away from home".

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.

Ritchie, though stunned the Gunners with a second goal for Newcastle with 68 minutes played, as he smashed home past Cech, having picked up a Perez flick as Nacho Monreal's poor headed clearance fell for second-half substitute Islam Slimani, who nodded the ball down to the goalscorer. "It's very disappointing because I feel it's very harsh to swallow a defeat like that, and the way we conceded three points today". I want to congratulate everyone.

The Gunners are now sixth in the Premier League, 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and only two clear of seventh-placed Burnley, though they do have a game in hand on the Clarets. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had started wide on the left, found time and space to cross for Lacazette, who connected at full stretch with a firm effort to power the ball past Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. It was a tough ask and we had to work hard but we deserve it. "But we had to stay awake in order to do it".