Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
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Arsene Wenger: 'Defeat to Newcastle United story of Arsenal season'

Arsene Wenger: 'Defeat to Newcastle United story of Arsenal season'

Iwobi toe-poked a 21st-minute effort straight at Dubravka with the home side riding their luck, although had Shkodran Mustafi not got in a vital touch as Dwight Gayle controlled Jonjo Shelvey's ball over the top seven minutes later, they might have been back on level terms.

They're into the top half of the table - and now sit 13 points above the relegation zone.

On their worrying away form, Wenger said: "Of course it's a concern".

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

Arsenal have struggled on the road all season, but it's gone to a whole new low since the turn of the year.

That seemed a highly unlikely prospect back in December when a 1-0 away defeat by the Gunners saw the team complete a run of nine games which yielded just a single point. A run that incidentally ended with a victory at St. James Park almost 35 years ago. But why? Why is Arsene Wenger's side so bad on their travels?

The decision not to bring in the system next season was made at a recent Premier League shareholders meeting in London, when all 20 member clubs voted.

"It's a massive achievement for the players, the city and the fans", he said.

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal looks dejected following the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at Amex Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Brighton, England. "The training session and every game, sometimes you are lucky or unlucky but in the end I think they deserve to stay in the Premier League". They face Atletico Madrid in the last four and will qualify for the Champions League if they win the competition.

When Glenn Murray scored a flying header to put the home side two goals to the good in the 26th minute, Arsenal suffered a moment's barrage of uncertainty.

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.

The second half began much as the first had ended, with Arsenal dominating possession, although the Magpies looked less porous in the wake of their half-time briefing.

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