Arsene Wenger: Arsenal boss laments Premier League's 'very bad' VAR decision

Lynette Rowe
April 16, 2018

Newcastle virtually assured its Premier League status for another season by coming from behind to beat a depleted Arsenal side 2-1 thanks to Matt Ritchie's second-half victor on Sunday.

Sunday's match was Arsenal's fifth in the Premier League away from home in 2018.

The Magpies fell behind to Alexandre Lacazette's early opener but Ayoze Perez equalised just before the half-hour mark.

It was little more than the visitors deserved with Mohamed Elneny, Alex Iwobi and Aubameyang causing all kinds of problems for Rafael Benitez's men, whose eagerness to take the game to the visitors was leaving them a little too open.

Manager Arsene Wenger made a host of changes from the side that successfully engineered a place in the semi-finals of the Europa League on Thursday.

But there were a few notable trends stemming from Newcastle's 2-1 victory.

After taking the lead, the visitors took control of the game for the next ten minutes or so and they nearly got a second goal when a good passing move ended with Alex Iwobi forcing a good save from Martin Dúbravka.

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Referee Anthony Taylor decided against pointing to the spot and Newcastle went on to score twice to win the match 2-1 from a goal down.

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

"We played with good spirit but a bad result is the outcome. It's very disappointing because I feel it's very harsh to swallow a defeat like that, and the way we conceded three points today".

Willock, born in 1999, joins Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah, all of whom are on the bench against the Magpies, in being the only Gunners players to have played for the club and been born after Wenger's first game in charge.

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 has a subconscious weight in our minds.

The Gunners broke forward at pace, with Mustafi picking out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who in-turn played a dinked pass from the left-hand side to Lacazette at the back post where he swept home.

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