Arsene Wenger makes excuses and says Newcastle didn’t deserve anything from match
Arsene Wenger hasn’t taken defeat too well.
Arsenal are still yet to win a Premier League away game for four months now.
Despite taking the lead after 14 minutes, Arsenal crumbled as Newcastle showed what has become typical grit and determination, coming back to win 2-1.
Arsenal dominated possession but Newcastle still had more shots on target, four to Arsenal’s three. Especially in the second-half Newcastle looked dangerous on the counter-attack and should have extended their lead, Kenedy seeing one effort deflected onto the woodwork.
Dubravka dealt well with crosses as usual but rarely had a save to make.
Arsene Wenger predictably blamed midweek exertions in Russia though he still insisted Arsenal deserved to win…with Newcastle not even deserving of a point.
After all the luck Arsenal have carried down the years, including winning all the last 10 matches between the two teams, it is well overdue if indeed Newcastle carried any luck today.
“It’s been the story of our season, 70% possession, 1-0, lots of chances and then you wonder how you lose the game.
“We didn’t put our chances to bed and made unbelievable mistakes. But these players are quality and we need to forget about today and focus on the next game.
“The game we played in Russia had a weight in the second half. Physically we suffered a little bit.
“We have to be realistic. We came out of it with no points and overall we thought we should have got three points.
“It is a little bit of the story of the season away from home: we went 1-0 up, we don’t put the game to bed and we made mistakes defensively.
“But I felt overall today the fact we played on Thursday night, in the second half we couldn’t raise the tempo and keep it up in the first half.
“That is what happened many times this season, that’s all we can say today.
“It’s baffling how we lost this game today because from those chances we lose 2-1.
“On the other hand, the result is there.
“We had lots of other opportunities in the first half and unfortunately there were promising things in our game many times but we live at the level where we need to be realistic and transform all the chances.
“How do we address it?
“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.
“I believe as well that this week we had to give a lot on Thursday night and the players who played on Thursday night, you could see the game was a bit in their legs.”
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)
(Alan Shearer revels in Newcastle win and has Piers Morgan and other Arsenal fans biting – Read HERE)
(United fan/writer instant reaction to the 2-1 victory – Read it HERE)
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