Magnificant Newcastle Beat Arsenal 2-1 And Reach Safety

Newcastle beat Arsenal for the first time since 2010 with a very impressive 2-1 win at St. James’ Park this afternoon for a fourth successive win, and we have reached 40 points.

In fact 41 points with still five games to play.

And we came from behind quite brilliantly this afternoon after former Newcastle target Alexandre Lacazette had put Arsenal ahead with a goal after 14 minutes – the first goal Dubravka has conceded at St. James Park since he arrived in late January.

But then superb goals from Ayoze Perez (29 mins) and Matt Ritchie (69 mins) gave Newcastle a famous victory in front of another sellout (and ecstatic) Newcastle crowd.

Matt Ritchie – after scoring the winning goal

So we have beaten both Manchester United and Arsenal at home this season – and it was a fabulous performance again from our players today, especially in the second half when we attacked the  Gunners.

Newcastle were a goal down after 14 minutes when Arsenal cut open the Newcastle defense all too easily and it wasn’t a good goal to concede with Alexandre Lacazette slamming the ball past the helpless Martin Dubravka.

That was a warning that for all the criticism this season the Gunners have taken in the press they are still a very good side.

But then after 29 minutes a fabulous goal from Ayoze  Perez drew us level.

Dwight Gayle played the ball to right back DeAndre Yedlin on the right wing, and the American crossed th ball for Perez at the near post and Perez quite brilliantly flicked the ball past the Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech to equalize.

It was 1-1 at halftime with Arsenal playing well in that first 45 minutes but Newcastle got on top in the second half maybe because Arsenal players were) tiring after their game in Moscow on Thursday night.

1ewcastle were going all out and the energy and urgency every single player showed was great to see.

With Newcastle well on top the winning goal finally came after 69 minutes, when Islam Slimani (on for Gayle after 63 minutes) headed the ball down to Perez.

The Spaniard then flicked the ball onto Ritchie and the right winger took his (half) chance in wonderful style and slammed the ball past Cech and into the back of the net – and the fans blew the roof off St. James’ Park.

So that’s a goal and an assist for Perez this afternoon – not a bad day’s work.

And Newcastle could have had more as they continue to harass the Arsenal defense – but we’ll settle for 2-1 and a precious 3 points.

One chance was when the energetic Kenedy broke went down the left wing and his shot took a deflection and looped over Cech and came off the cross-bar with the goalkeeper beaten.

At the end of the game with safety now assured Rafa Benitez and the players celebrated with the ecstatic Newcastle crowd.

The result means we are now 13 points from 3rd bottom Southampton and we have a shot at even finishing in 8th place if we can catch Leicester City.

Our next game is a week on Monday at Goodison Park who we can overtake with a win.

Did I ever say Rafa Benitez is the perfect manager for Newcastle United?

Yes – I thought I had.


Howay The Bonnie Lads!!


Newcastle: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Shelvey, Diame; Ritchie (Murphy, 86), Perez (Joselu, 79) Kenedy; Gayle (Slimani, 63).
Subs not used: Darlow, Clark, Manquillo, Hayden.

Arsenal: Cech, Chambers (Maitland-Niles, 78), Mustafi, Holding, Monreal, Elneny, Xhaka, Iwobi (Nketiah, 86), Willock (Welbeck, 68), Aubameyang, Lacazette.
Subs not used: Ospina, Mertesacker, Kolasinac, Nelson.

Goals: Lacazette 14, Perez 29, Ritchie 69
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Wythenshawe)
Attendance: 52,210 – sell-out

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17 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa has got to be in with a shout of manager of the season…..

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Dont know about you guys but for me Lascelles has to be player of the season. Other players have a case too but just the difference he makes when not in the team but also, he has consistently kept the high standards that rafa wants from the start of the season. Other players have joined him in 2018 but Lascelles for me has been the leading example.

  • Sherlock

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Missed most of game as inconsiderate family came to visit my daughter’s birthday. Seen highlights and looked like we under the cosh. . Was this so? Great result again.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Ronaldo aarons – good shout Lascelles. You have a point as he has been irreplaceable this season. Diame was woeful in the first half of the season and brilliant in the second, but Lascelles has been consistent all season.

    Lascelles player of he season and Rafa gaffa of the season no doubt!

    Buzzing today! So so happy we are finally safe and can enjoy the rest of the season and look forward to the summer and possible takeover.

    HWTL! Mission accomplished!

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #5

    real shame 7th and europe is just too far away

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #6

    We definitely weren’t under the cosh but we only had 28% possession which none of us talking about the game after can understand.

  • Mr Random

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Hey guys. I am a Newcastle fan living in Blackburn.
    Never been to St James park and would be a dream of mine to sit with home fans for a game.
    I have my eye on going to the home game against West Brom on 28th April.
    On website it says sold out. Any chance of knowing how I can purchase tickets and how much it would cost me???

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Not a cat in hell’s change of rafa being manager of the year, Dyche will probably win it, they hate The Toon.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #9

    First half I think arsenal had a couple chances but they didnt really cut us open once. Second half they didnt create anything. They had a lot of the ball but as we have seen this season, we are suited to that. I wouldnt say we were comfortable but we held them well and deserved the win. Worked harder and created more chances and scored more goals.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Arsenal players are better divers than Tom Daley and he’s got a gold medal for that.

    As for moaning one of them was having a rare old moan to the ref at the end of the match – what was all that about ? Maybe because they weren’t allowed to win. Spoilt brats.

    Taking the missus to see her idol Bryan Ferry at City Hall tonight so more hysterical shouting and singing in one day that a man can handle

    More buzz than Lightyear

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #11

    im glad lol. Europe is too much too soon.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #12

    mr random

    i think you might have to pay big bucks for anyone to part with one now

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #13


    ferry and roxy music are awesome

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 15, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #14

    That Slimani made a huge difference when he came on, what a beautiful weighted pass to set Kenedy up.

  • toonbrother

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Without lascelles we conceded 15 goals in 5 games
    With lascelles we’ve conceded 28 goals in 28 games
    Tells you everything really

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Great result in the sun at St James’s lads battled if their lives depended on it.
    Great atmosphere all game.
    Well done Rafa, players and supporters.
    Under the cosh first half – Arsenal played some lovely football but usual Arsenal waste chances galore and when we got in their faces became niggly and argumentative.
    Diame was immense today from start to finish and in the last ten minutes when the rest of the team were wilting he fought for and won nearly every ball.

    Diven’t kna what the Toon watered the pitch with but players were slipping all-over the place first half.

    Merit marks
    Dubravka 7 – had decent game nothing much to do tho like last week flapped at a cross.
    Dummett 7 – did well but got over-run at times they got around the back of him but stuck to his task with some great last ditch tackles
    LeJuene 7 – another excellent game some of his long passing was superb but caught in possession a couple of times.
    Lascalles 7 – Decent game and got in some last minute tackles blocks but looked a bit lethargic today
    Yedlin 7 – had loads to do and acres to cover and left isolated to many ties by his midfield today
    Ritchie 8 – great winning goal battled all day and got in some great blocks
    Diame 10 – Man he was brilliant except for one slip which nearly cost a goal – but his work rate tackling running in the last 15 minutes was superb.
    Shelvey 8 – Another excellent display with superb passing first half second half didn’t have as much room and was forced to play a more defensive game
    Kenedy 7 – not at his best today got caught in possession to many times but stuck to his task and nearly scored when hitting the bar with a deflected shot. Ran out of steam last ten minutes – suprised he was not substituted
    Perez 9 – put in a hell of a lot of work today with his running and closing down of their defenders. Showed some ball skills and clever flicks one of which led to our winning goal and dribbles today – top it off with a superb strike
    Gayle 7 – got into some great positions but needs a goal. His running and closing down of their defenders cannot be faulted.
    When Gayle and Perez both went off we let Arsenal defenders more space and time on the ball
    Slimani 6 – laid on second goal with his header to Perez who’s flick set up Ritchie – still looks a bit off the pace – hopefully when gets up to speed will be a great asset.
    Joselu and Murphy not on long enough

  • Sherlock

    Apr 15, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #17

    Consolidated 10th position. Dizzy heights this is for us all. Waddya think final position will be. Considering we were all hoping for 17th at start of season. I’m happy with 12th. Nay ecstatic with 12th.. Any more than that is just pure greed surely


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