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Newcastle United FC hit back to beat lacklustre Arsenal FC

16 April 2018, 01:31 | Ken Black

English Premier League Report: Newcastle United v Arsenal 15 April 2018

Kenedy of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park

INCIDENTS: Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal, held at St James' Park in Newcastle.

The Gunners felt that they should have had a spot kick when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's powerful shot deflected off the hand of Toon skipper Jamaal Lascelles.

"It's the story of the season".

Matt Ritchie's 68th-minute goal earned the Magpies their fourth straight league win and put them on 41 points with five games remaining, 13 clear of relegation. Two points separate the teams and Arsenal's focus is now on winning the Europa League to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Referee Anthony Taylor awarded a corner rather than a spot-kick and Newcastle levelled the scores just 12 minutes later through Ayoze Perez.

"It has a subconscious weight in our minds".

'When you achieve something like that, it's during the whole season and you can see the team progressing and improving, so I'm really pleased to see players playing every week much better, learning about what to do in hard situations.

As was expected, Benítez named an unchanged side for the game after his side's 2-1 victory away to Leicester City last weekend.

The north Londoners have conceded 45 goals in their 33 league games, which is one more than they managed in the whole of last season.

'If you see the way that the players were working for every single ball - and the fans and all the staff - everybody was pushing in the same direction and that is the key when you want to succeed in something'.

Ritchie, though stunned the Gunners with a second goal for Newcastle with 68 minutes played, as he smashed home past Cech, having picked up a Perez flick as Nacho Monreal's poor headed clearance fell for second-half substitute Islam Slimani, who nodded the ball down to the goalscorer.

Defeat on Tyneside means Newcastle have won on home turf against Arsenal for the first time in over a decade, and they were certainly good value for their win, as Benitez's side played with heart and flair.

The Gunners boss continued, 'You wonder how we lose the game. "But we had to stay awake in order to do it".

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