Arsene Wenger criticizes Premier League's VAR decision

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The next day there was an Arsenal season ticket holder at the meeting and we were raving about the game, especially one of the goals, where there were about 15 passes and a superb finish.

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

Arsene Wenger's men have struggled to balance the demands of the Europa League - in which they face Atletico Madrid in a two-legged semi-final - and their domestic commitments since the turn of the year with the game at St James' Park a case in point. Mustafi had a great start to life as an Arsenal player, initially rejuvenating the back four and forming a good partnership with Laurent Koscielny.

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.

'They have very good players and the style that Pep likes, which is so quick, they have been able to play with that speed and intensity. "We came out of it with no points and overall we thought we should have got three points".

"I'm glad the way they did it, because it was sort of fizzling out".

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According to the Shields Gazette, Rafa Benitez has praised Islam Slimani's substitute performance against Arsenal in their 2-1 victory yesterday.

Arsene Wenger has revolutionised their club but Arsenal fans have rejected it for some time now, even though the entertaining football has continued to flow.

"40 points was the target at the start of the season and hopefully we've done enough now to secure our Premier League status", Matt Ritchie told Sky Sports. 'I'm going to put this to bed straight away because Newcastle fans would be laughing at you two muppets right now.

Not long after that chance, the half-time whistle went with the scoreline level with both sides feeling they could go onto win the game in the second half.

However, Quinn has sought to quell any fears among the Newcastle faithful and insisted that the Spaniard will stay in Tyneside if he gets the financial backing of the club's hierarchy.