Mohamed Elneny features as Arsenal’s away woes continue
Elneny’s Arsenal fell to a 2-1 defeat against Newcastle United at the St James’ Park in the 33rd round of the English Premier League.
Arsenal dominated the possession in the first 15 minutes and looked like they were going to score early on, which happened when Lacazette opened the scoring from a fantastic sliding volley after being played in by Aubameyang.
Fifteen minutes later, Arsenal couldn’t hold on to the lead as the hosts pulled one back through Ayoze Perez, who scored from a very tight angle.
Towards the end of the first-half, Arsenal almost scored the second goal, but Chambers couldn’t hit his shot on target. Joe Willock also had a great opportunity to make it 2-1 but the chance went to nothing.
The first five minutes of the second half didn’t look good for Arsenal as Newcastle were trying to force the Gunners into committing mistakes in order to capitalize on them.
In the 63rd minute, Newcastle scored the second goal through Matt Ritchie after being played in by Algeria international Islam Slimani, whose pass was dummied by Perez.
Almost ten minutes later Newcastle almost scored again, when Kennedy’s shot got deflected over Cech and onto the woodwork. In the 77th minute, Perez also hit the side netting.
In the 83rd minute, Elneny tried a shot from long range but it was well off target, Wenger tried to change the scoreline, bringing on Welbeck and Eddie Nektiah, but Newcastle held on to their lead, securing valuable three points.
Arsenal’s next match will be against West Ham at home April 22 and four days later they will face Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final first leg.
The Gunners’ only chance of qualifying to the Champions League is by winning the Europa League title as they’re currently sixth on the Premier League table.
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