Arsenal away form hits 93-year low in Newcastle United defeat
Apr 16 2018
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 Gunnerslost 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.
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.