Premier League clubs vote against VAR for 2018/19 season, Arsene Wenger responds

  • Premier League clubs vote against VAR for 2018/19 season, Arsene Wenger responds

Premier League clubs vote against VAR for 2018/19 season, Arsene Wenger responds

Newcastle deservedly defeated Arsenal 2-1 at St James' Park on Sunday to all but secure their Premier League status for next season.

The loss left Arsenal in danger of dropping below seventh-place Burnley with a month left of the season.

They also have a two-legged Europa League semi-final with Atletico Madrid to come, with the return date of that encounter set to take them to the Spanish capital on May 3.

"He was all about: "This is what we're going to do and this is how we're going to do it".

"Yes, because the Premier League has been created with people who had a progressive mind and wanted to be in front of the rest in Europe".

The second half was a much tighter affair but it was the Magpies who got the victor in the 68th minute when Matt Ricthie calmly slotted home from close range to seal all three points for Rafael Benítez's men.

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has heaped praise on head coach Rafael Benitez, describing him as a "special manager".

His habit of trying to blame those mistakes one someone else - the referee for the Aguero goal, the assistant on numerous occasions and Petr Cech for the Southampton howler - only makes them increasingly frustrating.

This season Arsenal have already scored 95 goals in all competitions, at home they have scored 64 of them and in the Premier League, only Man City have scored more. "Once you're in a negative spiral like this it is very hard to get out of".

"Arsenal fans are staying away at the moment, because it is not entertaining enough, and I think they will need someone with a little bit more flair".

Newcastle enjoyed another escape four minutes later when Lacazette robbed Mohamed Diame and fed Joe Willock, only for the teenager to mis-kick with the goal at his mercy on his Premier League debut. While they managed to avoid a collapse in that match and battled back to a 2-2 draw, there was nothing surprising about their failure to see out a 1-0 lead over Newcastle, even if the Magpies had not beaten them on home soil in 13 years.