Newcastle 2 Arsenal 1 – Sunday 15 April 1.30pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Newcastle coming back from a goal down to win 2-1.
Islam Slimani coming off the bench to set up Matt Ritchie for the winner.
“Smiles, songs, sunshine and celebrations.
“S……..d going down and the mags are staying up..”
“Coming from behind, beating Arsenal for the first time in 13 years (at home for the pedants) and surely cementing our PL status.
“An incredible run continues in which every player has played a full part, Perez and Diame starred again today as they look like different players to their former laborious selves.
“The feel good factor is amazing, everything is going so well and there’s real potential to kick on from here.
“Whether or not the people with decision making potential see it like that is a very different matter of course.
“Also, got to keep Kenedy, please.”
“One we could all see coming given our great recent form and Arsenal’s away woes this season, so was half-expecting us to slip up.
“To win having gone a goal down was particularly impressive.
“Actually thought we were very wasteful on the break today – Gayle and Perez constantly ran into trouble and struggled to find a killer pass, while Kenedy was particularly frustrating as an attacking outlet but did put in a good defensive shift.
“Slimani’s 30 minute cameo was very promising and Diame put in another mammoth performance.
“Lascelles and Co were very solid at the back too. So many reasons to be cheerful!
“Top 10 is now a realistic possibility.
“A massive summer ahead for NUFC. In Rafa we trust! :-)”
“We owed them that result!!
“Great ‘battling’ team performance with two great goals.
“Oh, did I mention we’ve got 41 POINTS!!!”
“An entertaining game which Arsenal reserves dominated early on in both halves.
“The longer those halves went on, the stronger we got and at 2-1 we were never in any serious danger as Arsenal lacked any real threat.
“Not to say it wasn’t hard fought tho and another big pat on the back for a team that gives everything.
“The defence and midfield two were massive, Kenedy ran them ragged and a big shout to Perez and Ritchie who have come good when it really mattered.
“Being safe is a great feeling!”
“What a fantastic end to the season this is turning into!
“Any win against the Gooners is to be greatly welcomed and cherished given their record up here. To be two points off eighth place is astonishing.
“Today’s win, achieved with 28% possession of the ball, was all about the tactical genius in our dugout.
“Rafa has delivered when it counted, aided and abetted by the outstanding effort and commitment of every single player at the club.
“Perez has scored a lovely near post equaliser after a slick move before Ritchie went through for 2-1 after the break.
“We are now safe from relegation, looking up the table and the sun is shining.
“Howay the lads!”
“RAFA’S MAGS, STAYING UP!!
“Cannot fault the lads for their effort & commitment all season but now we’re showing signs of quality & experience alongside that.
“An achievement that is hugely underrated, by securing safety with this squad, is finally secured.
“Diame, Ritchie and Gayle were superb today and Slimani looks a player.
“Savour tonight and savour the safety that looked so far off in December.
“Hats off to Rafa, now give that man a new contract before it’s too late.”
“It’s not just the points.
“It’s not just Perez and Richie scoring again.
“It’s coming back against one of the big lads.
“Not having a panic. Taking responsibility.
“For a team who some say, or said, are not a Premier League team, well… we’re a team who play as a unit.
“A couple of prolific goal scorers with our work ethic and we could do even better!
“Bring it on.”
“So proud of this team of players. Delighted for every single one of them.
“Delighted for the manager and absolutely delighted for the fans.
“A top half finish is definitely up for grabs and the form we are in, would take a brave man to back against us.
“Don’t think it was our best performance today, a little bit sloppy at times in possession, but when we did have the ball we offered a threat against a soft Arsenal team and scored two cracking team goals.
“As always, they worked their pods off and defended as an eleven again.
“No more so than the Man Mountain Mo Diame. Take a bow mate, hats off to you.
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)