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.

Arsene Wenger:

“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

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 86), Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez (Joselu 79), Gayle (Slimani 63))

Unused Subs:

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)

  • Rich Lawson

    Great game,but if Slimani had started we would have won by more.He looks a beast and will batter Everton given the chance.

    • Ram Kishore

      I still think he isn’t match fit to play 90 minutes though

      • Rich Lawson

        No,probably not,but if we play him just for the 1st half against Everton,which is a week away I think we could put the game beyond them by half time ?

        • Ram Kishore

          Maybe or maybe not pal..
          It’s hard to come to opinion rn with two players being competitive.. let Rafa worry about it pal..😀

  • robbersdog

    The headline is a bit misleading; Wenger didn’t say that ‘Newcastle didn’t deserve anything’, he just made the point that Arsenal didn’t take their chances.

    Give the guy a break; he knows that his job’s on the line.

    • Ram Kishore

      Just our funny Jackie misleading us.. I have become immune to it.. they never change and I don’t understand why they do it out of desperation

  • Arty Hume

    Great effort again but the lads, fantastic stuff, just what we all want to see, Its no good having all the possession in the world if you cannot do anything with it. Rafa played them like an old violin, sweet harmonies. Again Mighty Mo MOTM for me but everyone else a close second. Even if we just signed our loan players and loaned some more I would be happy as we have one of the youngest teams in the EPL and one of the best managers. Only the fat parasitic fool could screw this up, but for now we can bask in a winning euphoria again. Well done the lads and Rafa!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    His back`s to the wall as most of Arsenal`s fans want him out even after the success he`s brought them, it must be hard for him to take,
    even so we won and that`s all that matters

  • Albert Stubbins

    Clickbait. He never said anything of sort. Could he sue the mag for libel? Might improve some of the quality of articles we’ve had recently if he did!!

    • Rich Lawson

      Wrong postee

  • Graham Chapman

    Wenger making excuses? Surely not, who’s fault was it this time?

    • Rich Lawson

      They were worried we were going to bring on Gazza !

  • Cockneytrev

    Not much said by him two seasons ago when we had 8 bookings and a player sent off against his team,, Andre Mariner was the ref that day,,,

    • Phil Yare

      surely not, hes often so nice to us

  • nufcslf

    Possession means f**k all when most of it was side to side and backwards in you own bloody half. The final score is what counts and it was a deserved 2-1 win for us. No wonder Arsnal fans don’t even like him…….

  • Phil Yare

    we are still owed from 1995 when gerald ashby let them kick us to pieces, our season seemed to change after that massacre on the pitch.
    theres also been many instances since when one of the dirtiest players i have seen (bergkamp) throwing elbows and fouling his way through games and disgusting antics of that parasite fabregas
    never liked them

    • Scottie Chugger Dearden

      Ginola getting sent off for no reason and when Bergkamp kicked the ball at Robert not giving him a chance to get ten yards back to get him sent off. I loved it when Shearer used to kick Campbell and Adams all over the place, they could dish it out but never take it, then Wenger having the cheek to say Shearer gets special privileges at SJP. We all loved todays result!

      • Ba ba.

        👍 👍

      • Whitehurst

        Agreed fella!! 😉

      • Phil Yare

        probably the worst refereeing performance i’ve ever seen, even worse than the nottingham forest game last season
        wenger has become a total cretin over the years

    • Ba ba.

      Well said forgot about that

    • Paul Patterson

      Totally fettled Ginola that day. Outright assault from Keown . .

  • Ba ba.

    Silly man

  • Mrkgw

    Never the good loser when in actual fact, he lost fair and square. Love it that we beat them.

  • Whitehurst

    Wenger’s always been a bad loser. Surprise he didn’t use his tried & tested “I didn’t see it” excuse! In this case he didn’t see the whole match!! We totally deserved the win today.

    • Down Under Mag

      He’s on his last legs at Arsenal. He is now resting all his hopes on winning the Europa league to prove he still deserves the job and in the mean time will scrabble for any excuse and refuse to say that they were outplayed because he swapped personell around and weakened his own side. With all the money they have forked out you would be expecting them to be beating a team who probably didn’t cost what one of their star strikers did and had to loan players in jan.

      • Whitehurst

        Totally agree mate. Aubameyang costs more than our whole squad?!! 🤔😂 IRWT