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Newcastle come from behind to inflict more away woe on Arsenal

Matt Ritchie

Newcastle passed the 40-point mark and all but secured their Premier League future by beating Arsenal, whose terrible away record in 2018 continued.

Matt Ritchie’s 68th-minute goal earned the Magpies their fourth straight league win and put them on 41 points with five games remaining, 13 clear of relegation.

Arsenal, who reached the Europa League semi-finals with a 6-3 aggregate win over CSKA Moscow in Russia on Thursday, are yet to earn an away point in the league this calendar year.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, playing for the first time together, had linked up for Arsenal’s opener in the 14th minute.

The Gabon striker received Shkodran Mustafi’s chip and clipped the ball to the far post for the arriving Lacazette to slide in and score.

Ayoze Perez equalised just before the half-hour mark, running in past Shkodran Mustafi, to guide in DeAndre Yedlin’s cross at the near post.

Calum Chambers should have put Arsenal back in front towards the end of the half, but he pushed an attempt wide as he slid in to meet Mustafi’s header.

It took until the 67th minute for either side to have a shot in the second half, with Ritchie then getting the winner a minute later.

Nacho Monreal failed to clear the ball and substitute Islam Slimani’s header was flicked on by Perez into the path of Ritchie, who coolly steered his shot past Petr Cech.

Kenedy almost made it three, his shot looping up and hitting the bar.

There were some nervy moments in the closing stages as Arsenal pressed for an equaliser, but Newcastle held on for a vital win.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 12Dubravka
  • 22Yedlin
  • 6Lascelles
  • 20Lejeune
  • 3Dummett
  • 11RitchieSubstituted forMurphyat 86′minutes
  • 10Diamé
  • 8Shelvey
  • 15Kenedy
  • 17PérezSubstituted forJoseluat 79′minutes
  • 9GayleSubstituted forSlimaniat 63′minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Clark
  • 7Murphy
  • 13Slimani
  • 14Hayden
  • 19Manquillo
  • 21Joselu
  • 26Darlow

Arsenal

  • 33Cech
  • 21ChambersSubstituted forMaitland-Nilesat 78′minutes
  • 20Mustafi
  • 16Holding
  • 18Monreal
  • 35El Neny
  • 29Xhaka
  • 69WillockSubstituted forWelbeckat 68′minutes
  • 17IwobiSubstituted forNketiahat 86′minutes
  • 9Lacazette
  • 14Aubameyang

Substitutes

  • 4Mertesacker
  • 13Ospina
  • 23Welbeck
  • 30Maitland-Niles
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 61Nelson
  • 62Nketiah
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
52,210

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 2, Arsenal 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 2, Arsenal 1.

Foul by Rob Holding (Arsenal).

Joselu (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexandre Lacazette.

Booking

Islam Slimani (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joselu (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Alex Iwobi.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jacob Murphy replaces Matt Ritchie.

Attempt missed. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexandre Lacazette.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Joselu replaces Ayoze Pérez.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Ainsley Maitland-Niles replaces Calum Chambers.

Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Islam Slimani.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Mohamed Diamé.

Attempt blocked. Kenedy (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Islam Slimani with a through ball.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 2, Arsenal 1. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Danny Welbeck replaces Joe Willock.

Attempt missed. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal).

Islam Slimani (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Islam Slimani replaces Dwight Gayle.

Foul by Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal).

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United).

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United).

Offside, Arsenal. Rob Holding tries a through ball, but Mohamed Elneny is caught offside.

Hand ball by Alex Iwobi (Arsenal).

Second Half

Second Half begins Newcastle United 1, Arsenal 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Arsenal 1.

Attempt missed. Joe Willock (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alexandre Lacazette.

Attempt missed. Calum Chambers (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Granit Xhaka with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Kenedy.

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