Defeat for Arsenal at Newcastle very 'hard to swallow' for Wenger

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Arsenal's away woes in the Premier League continued on Sunday when they were beaten 2-1 by Newcastle United at St James' Park.

The defeat means that the Gunners have now lost all five matches away from home in the Premier League in 2018.

Ayoze Perez was crowded out as he look to head a Dwight Gayle cross from the right, ahead of the opening goal from Lacazette with just 14 minutes played.

However, Benitez's men showed grit and determination to come back from a goal down, equalising in the first half after Perez got on the end of a delightful Yedlin cross, before Ritchie compounded misery on the travelling Arsenal fans with a scintillating second-half strike.

With the gap to the top four still at 13 points, and with only five games left to play, the Gunners are now expected to concentrate their efforts on winning the Europa League.

With one of the most prolific strikers joining the Gunners, the Frenchman's place during his first season at the Emirates Stadium came under serious threat, especially given Arsene Wenger's preference to field a system with one up front.

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But there were a few notable trends stemming from Newcastle's 2-1 victory.

"We played with good spirit but a bad result is the outcome". [In the] second half I feel some players paid a bit physically from having the game on Thursday night [against CSKA Moscow].

Aubameyang's arrival has lightened the goal-scoring burden on Lacazette, bagging six goals in seven league appearances.

"Of course [the away form] is a concern because traditionally we have a very strong record away from home. It's very hard to swallow". They face Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.

When Arsenal signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, it didn't seem to bode well for Lacazette whose inconsistency had already put him under pressure. It has a subconscious weight in our minds.

Former England striker and current broadcast pundit Gary Lineker has applauded Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez for the "magnificent job" that he has done with the Magpies this season.

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