Iwobi In Action As Arsenal Collapse At Newcastle

  • Iwobi In Action As Arsenal Collapse At Newcastle

Iwobi In Action As Arsenal Collapse At Newcastle

Arsenal's bench has plenty of youth about it too off the back of their 2-2 draw in Russian Federation against CSKA Moscow on Thursday, which secured a place in the Europa League semi-finals.

Alexandre Lacazette was able to latch onto a handsome Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cross to fire home before Ayoze Perez levelled it up before the break.

Newcastle's win took them to 41 points and all but guarantees their survival, leaving boss Rafael Benitez delighted with his players' efforts. It doesn't exactly build confidence ahead of the club's semi-final with La Liga's Atletico Madrid, and any momentum gained from their European run is gradually being sapped away.

Arsenal had a couple of half chances, with both Aubameyang and Alex Iwobi unable to beat Martin Dubravka in the Toon goal.

Only two points short of reaching the magical total of 40 for the season, Newcastle responded in the flawless manner and found the equaliser in the 29th-minute when Perez's side-footed DeAndre Yedlin's cross in at Petr Cech's near-post.

Calum Chambers had a great chance to restore the Gunners' lead before the break in very similar fashion to Lacazette's finish, but the full-back could only clip the outside of the right-hand post after stretching to meet Mustafi's header across the box.

Arsenal remains sixth with 54 points.

The 18-year-old midfielder has been handed his Premier League debut this afternoon.

Referee Anthony Taylor awarded a corner rather than a spot-kick and Newcastle levelled the scores just 12 minutes later through Ayoze Perez.

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 metres (yards).

Slimani was again in the thick of the action soon after as he found Perez in the area, who tried twice to hit the target, and came close at the second attempt with a shot into the side-netting.