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Arsenal suffer fifth straight away league defeat at Newcastle

Posted on April 15, 2018 by David Nugent

On Sunday, Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle, to continue their terrible run of form away from home in the Premier League.

Arsenal had the first effort of the game as striker Alexandre Lacazette miss-hit a shot wide of goal. The home side responded on ten minutes, as Petr Cech produced a comfortable save from a Kenedy strike.

The Gunners took the lead on 14 minutes. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran at Jamaal Lascelles before putting the ball past the defender. The Gabon international then found Lacazette at the far post, who slides in to put the ball past Dubravka in the home goal.

Arsenal threatened again soon after, as winger Alex Iwobi showed good feet to create space before firing an effort straight at the Newcastle ‘keeper. The home side equalised just before the half-hour mark.

Dwight Gayle laid the ball off to DeAndre Yedlin down the right, whose cross found Ayoze Perez in the box and the Spaniard fired past Cech in the visitor’s goal.

With the half ending, Magpies midfielder Matt Ritchie hit an effort from the middle of the box straight at Cech in the Arsenal goal. A minute later Arsenal defender Calum Chambers headed over the Newcastle bar from a corner kick.

The first real threat on goal of the second half did not arrive until the 65th minute and it fell to the home side. A corner kick was not cleared properly and the ball falls for Ritchie, who fires an effort well wide of goal from long range.

Two minutes later, the Gunners had their first shot on goal of the second period. Iwobi found some space on the right corner of the area, hitting an effort into the side-netting.

Newcastle took the lead on 68 minutes. Islam Slimani nodded the ball down to Perez, who produced a sublime flick to Ritchie and the Scottish international took a touch before firing home.

With just 15 minutes left on the clock, the home side came close to making it three. Slimani put Kenedy in on goal with just Cech to beat. However, the Chelsea loanees lofted effort hit the crossbar.

Two minutes later Slimani caused problems again, this time setting up Perez in the area. The forward’s first attempt was blocked, while his second effort hit the side netting. With time running out, Arsenal’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny hit a long-range effort well over the bar. Iwobi also saw a shot superbly blocked by Mohamed Diame.

The Gunners searched for an equaliser but failed to find an attacking edge and Newcastle held on for a fourth straight league win. Arsenal have now lost their last five away games in the top-flight.

Did Arsenal deserve more from their trip to St James Park?

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