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Matt Ritchie stars as Newcastle hit back to down Arsenal

17 April 2018

That is the same date as Arsenal had been planning to face Atlético Madrid as part of an global tournament in Singapore that also includes Paris St-Germain.

The midfielder, 30, was destroyed by supporters earlier on in the season but has won many of them over with his form in alliance with Jonjo Shelvey in the centre. Two points separate the teams and Arsenal's focus is now on winning the Europa League to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Asked about Arsenal's wretched away form, Wenger said: "It's a lot about the head and sometimes there is no rationality in it".

But it was Newcastle who landed the knockout blow in the 68th minute. We don't do these mistakes - the team mistakes - when we play at home.

When did Arsenal suddenly have this reputation for expecting and getting entertaining football?

Realistically, Arsenal already had no chance of making the top four and Wenger had been prioritising their Europa League campaign for several weeks.

BBC pundit and former Spurs striker Crooks was impressed by Diame's performance in Newcastle's 2-1 win against Arsenal on Sunday and named him in his team of the week.

'Pep was adapting to the Premier League last season and this time he has had a spectacular season.

The big punchline of course is that Paul Merson of all people, should know that Arsenal don't have any lengthy pre-Wenger reputation for great entertaining football, as after all he played nearly his entire Arsenal career under... Not only has the Spaniard achieved this pretty comfortably, but five wins in a row mean that the Magpies could well finish in the top half in their first season back in the top division.

He said: 'The fact that you get linked, it is something positive because it makes you proud of your career trajectory.

"Arsenal fans are staying away at the moment, because it is not entertaining enough, and I think they will need someone with a little bit more flair". They got themselves in front, City struggled to react and then once they were in front with the speed they have.

Matt Ritchie stars as Newcastle hit back to down Arsenal