The last time Newcastle United beat Arsenal at St James Park, Alan Shearer was still playing!
A Nobby Solano goal in December 2005 gave the Magpies a 1-0 win.
Since then, Newcastle had only won one of 22 games (home and away) against Arsenal, an Andy Carroll header winning the game at the Emirates in 2010.
However, all that changed on Sunday afternoon, as a typical gutsy performance by Rafa Benitez’ team gave them victory.
It also saw the team pass the 40 point mark which Rafa had said would signal safety for sure.
At half-time, Newcastle were fortunate to be level, the £110m strike partnership of Aubameyang and Lacazette combined to score a very good opening goal and it could have been more.
However, United dug in and Shelvey started the move as Newcastle equalised through a sweet finish on 29 minutes.
At half-time, Shearer declared on Twitter ‘That Arsenal back four is there for the taking!’.
This brought plenty of derision from Arsenal fans but he was proved right, as Newcastle caused them problems in the second-half and they were all over the place when Slimani set Ritchie up for the winner.
At the final whistle sent his congratulations to Rafa and his team for a great job done today and throughout the season, as well as declaring ‘the best team won’.
This once again got Arsenal fans going and Piers Morgan even responded, saying ‘Calm down mate, you were only playing Arsenal…’.
As one of the many ardent critics of Arsene Wenger, Morgan was probably quite happy to take defeat in a game that swept away any small hopes of top four qualification for the Champions League.
Newcastle now only a point behind Everton (and a game in hand) and two behind Leicester, dreaming of going even higher.
Alan Shearer at half-time:
“That Arsenal back four is there for the taking!”
Alan Shearer post-match:
“What a magnificent job Rafa has done this season.
“Had the players organised and committed.
“Well done Newcastle United today, the best team won.”
“Calm down mate, you were only playing Arsenal…”
“That is true!”
A few of the other responses from Arsenal fans to Alan Shearer..
“You Still A Loser Living Past His Former Glory You Bald Buffoon.”
“Hair transplant is there for the taking ye mug.”
“That NUFC team is there for the taking.”
“Top 4 side last 20 years. Hell you talking about lol.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Arsenal 1
Newcastle: Perez 29, Ritchie 68
Arsenal: Lacazette 14
Possession was Arsenal 72% Newcastle 28%
Total shots were Arsenal 15 Newcastle 8
Shots on target were Arsenal 3 Newcastle 4
Corners were Arsenal 5 Newcastle 2
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 86), Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez (Joselu 79), Gayle (Slimani 63))
Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Hayden
Crowd: 52,210 (2,700 Arsenal approx)