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Arsenal away form hits 93-year low in Newcastle United defeat

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Kenedy of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park

And it was Ritchie - the man who got the victor against Manchester United in February - who struck the decisive blow, collecting Perez's flick and side-footing past Cech after Nacho Monreal had made a mess of a defensive header.

Arsenal: Petr Cech 6, Calum Chambers 7, Shkodran Mustafi 6, Rob Holding 6, Nacho Monreal 7, Granit Xhaka 7, Mohamed Elneny 8, Joe Willock 6, Alex Iwobi 7, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 7, Alexandre Lacazette 7.

Defeat left Wenger's men facing a battle to stay in the top six, just two points ahead of Burnley, while a fourth successive victory effectively secured Newcastle's top-flight status. The Gunners lost 2-1 at Newcastle on Sunday as the gloom settled once more.

Wenger rotated heavily from the 2-2 draw at Moscow, which sent Arsenal through to the Europa League semifinals, with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny and Jack Wilshere all left at home.

"Of course [the away form] is a concern because traditionally we have a very strong record away from home".

With little to play for in the league, Arsenal were unable to find enough momentum to maintain their recent revival, even though Lacazette opened the scoring in the 14th minute.

Newcastle: Martin Dubravka 7, DeAndre Yedlin 6, Jamaal Lascelles 7, Florian Lejeune 6, Paul Dummett 6, Jonjo Shelvey 7, Mohamed Diame 7, Matt Ritchie 7, Kenedy 7, Ayoze Perez 7, Dwight Gayle 7.

With Atletico Madrid to face in the semi-finals of the Europa League, Wenger will have to tighten things up at the back.

Arsenal's defending also looked suspect for the decisive strike.

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. But it was Newcastle who landed the knockout blow in the 68th minute.

Ritchie scored the victor against Manchester United on February 11 that kickstarted Newcastle's surge to safety and he did the same here, running onto Perez's flick off Islam Slimani's header to beat Petr Cech from 12 meters (yards).

Ritchie clearly saves his goals for the big occasion, having scored the victor against Manchester United in February. Lacazette should have equalised in the closing stages, but he shot into the side-netting.

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