Premier League: Arsene Wenger stunned by Newcastle defeat


Arsenal added another disappointment to an already underwhelming season as they lost 2-1 at Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday. The match seemed to go Arsenal's way after French striker Alexandre Lacazette had opened the scoring early in the game, but then Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie scored to turn things around for Newcastle. Arsenal had a few chances to make it 2-0 before allowing Newcastle to score twice. Manager Arsene Wenger was quite surprised at the end of the match that his players keep making the same mistakes in away matches. In fact, that was the fifth consecutive away defeat for Arsenal in the Premier League.

"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," Wenger said at the end of the match. "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."

Arsenal are currently in sixth place and seventh-placed Burnley are just two points behind them. "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," Wenger added. "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."

Arsene Wenger is 22/1 at SkyBet to become the next Premier League manager to lose his job.

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  • Bulgaria sharpe

    20/4/18

    I wonder if even a potential UEFA cup win would of save Wenger's job for the next season..and I'm not sure they would be able to do that too.
    All signs showing that it's time for a change in Arsenal..but we know Wenger is a fighter so who knows, maybe he still didn't say his last word..would of be tough to save his job though.

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