Newcastle defeat 'story of our season': Arsenal boss Wenger

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The Gunners suffered their ninth away defeat of the season as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Newcastle on Sunday.

Benitez's Newcastle beat Arsenal at the weekend and stories followed suggesting he should be the man to replace Arsene Wenger at the end of the season. "We came out of it with no points and overall we thought we should have got three points". Arsene Wenger blamed Arsenal's loss at Newcastle on fatigue following Thursday's Europa League trip to Moscow, but admitted that the manner of the defeat summed up their away form for the entire season. That is the same date as Arsenal had been planning to face Atlético Madrid as part of an global tournament in Singapore that also includes Paris St-Germain.

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

I remember going down to London for a meeting nearly a decade ago and stayed over for a few days, Arsenal were playing a Champions League match and I watched it with another Newcastle fan who was also down for this business meeting.

"I only worked with him (Benitez) briefly, but he was bang on it".

Cech told the Evening Standard: "We are in the two competitions, so now need to keep switching between them and do our best".

That is the verdict of former Premier League star turned pundit Danny Murphy.

"I like Rafa Benitez, he is one of the top managers".

"When you commit so many team mistakes, away or home, you get punished and Sunday proved that".

The VAR system has been used in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup this season, but live trials have been surrounded by controversy, mainly over a lack of communication in the decision-making process for fans in the stadium.

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.

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.

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