Newcastle beat Arsenal at St James’ Park for the first time in 13 years with a 2-1 win. Here are five things we learned.
Newcastle end the Arsenal losing streak
Before today’s match, Newcastle had lost their last 10 league games against Arsenal. The last time they won a home league match against the Gunners was on 10 December 2005, when Nolberto Solano scored the only goal of the game.
At St James’ Park today, Newcastle were fully deserving of their victory over Arsenal. They punished Arsenal’s mistakes and could have won by more than two goals as they recorded their fourth straight win for the first time since November 2014.
A new strike partnership is born
When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal and became the club’s record signing, there were suggestions that he was brought in to replace Alexandre Lacazette rather than play alongside him. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case.
Aubameyang and Laczaette started together for the first time against Newcastle and combined for Arsenal’s goal as Lacazette got on the end of Aubameyang’s cross to score Arsenal’s 100th goal in all competitions this season. Maybe, just maybe, they can play together after all.
Perez is finding form at the right time
Barring a massive collapse in their last five games, Newcastle are safe from relegation and will be in the Premier League again next season. Ayoze Perez has been influential for Newcastle throughout the season, especially in recent weeks.
He had a fantastic game against Arsenal. As well as scoring Newcastle’s first goal, a goal that Arsenal would be proud of, he set up the second for Matt Ritchie with a sublime flick. Perez’s strike against Arsenal is his third consecutive Premier League goal for the Magpies and he is their top scorer with six league goals this season.
This has to be Petr Cech’s last season as Arsenal’s number one
When Petr Cech joined Arsenal, John Terry said he would save the Gunners “12 to 15 points a season.” That certainly isn’t the case this season. The Czech goalkeeper gets beaten at his near post far too often and makes avoidable errors that lead to goals for the opposition. Arsenal need to look for a new goalkeeper in the summer because Cech is past his best.
Sixth place isn’t safe for Arsenal
Arsenal’s season has been nothing short of shambolic and it could still get worse. The Gunners have now lost five consecutive away games for the first time since December 1984 and are the only team in the Premier League who have not picked up a single away point in 2018.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Burnley are just three points behind Arsenal in 7th. Based on current form, there’s every chance Burnley could have overtaken Arsenal by the time the two sides meet on the 6th of May.
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