Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits psychological problems after Newcastle defeat


Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for the Gunners.

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.

Arsenal pressed hard for an equaliser but Newcastle defended stoutly to claim a fourth successive victory.

Toward the the other end of the spectrum, any way you choose to look at it, it really hasn't been a good season for Arsene Wenger's wimpish mob.

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The Magpies came into the game off the back of wins against Leicester, Huddersfield and Southampton but fell behind to an Arsenal side that was much changed but still boasted two £50m strikers. He said last week that he would only relax if the club reached the desired 40 points - well, they now sit on 41.

The loss left Arsenal in danger of dropping below seventh-place Burnley with a month left of the season.

They are in fact the only club to have not registered a single away point in the new year - a wretched record for a club of their standard.

As an example, he cited the incorrect decision to disallow a Leroy Sane goal for offside at a crucial stage in the second leg of Manchester City's Champions League defeat by Liverpool last Tuesday, a tie in which VAR was not used. The Magpies are looking like a tough team to beat, and who knows where this red hot form will see them finish.

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It was Arsenal's 11th defeat of the season. They face Atlético Madrid in the semi-finals.

Arsene Wenger has questioned the Premier League's decision to delay the implementation of video assistant referees after Arsenal were denied a penalty against Newcastle United. "Today we didn't play fantastic football because we played an wonderful team, but you have to manage how you play and compete for the win".

His recent form has been insatiable and should the midfield marvel continue to impress on Tyneside, then a place on the plane to Russian Federation for the World Cup this summer may not be out of the question for Shelvey.

"It was promising what they did in the first half". For a second time in a week he was beaten by a run at the near post with Perez this time the benefactor.

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