Ritchie’s Strike Hands Newcastle Victory Over Arsenal

Matt Ritchie after scoring against Arsenal/dailystar.co.uk

Newcastle United came from a goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 on Sunday and extend the Gunners’ poor away run in the Premier League.

Alexandre Lacazette’s opener was overturned by strikes from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie, as Rafa Benitez’s side ended a 10-game losing streak against Arsenal and took another huge step towards safety.

Arsenal, though, have now lost five in a row on their travels in the top flight for the first time since December 1984 and are just two points above seventh-place Burnley in the table.

Arsene Wenger, whose primary focus is on the Europa League, started Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang together for the first time and the duo combined to break the deadlock 14 minutes in at St. James’ Park.

Perez levelled the scores just before the half-hour mark with his third goal in as many league games after the Gunners failed to deal with a long ball from the impressive Jonjo Shelvey.

Newcastle sensed the chance for a first home league win over Arsenal since 2005 and Ritchie proved to be the hero, finishing in style on 68 minutes to move the Magpies onto 41 points, 13 above the bottom three.

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