If Rafa Benitez had thought his side had made some progress this season he saw last night at the Emirates just how much we are still behind the top sides like Arsenal in the Premier League.
The Gunners were always in the ascendancy last night and goals from Ramsey after 30 minutes and one from former Newcastle striker target Lacazette with seven minutes to play were enough to give the home side an easy 2-0 win.
So in the last round of games, we have lost 3 points to Burnley, Southampton, and Crystal Palace who we play at home on Saturday afternoon.
We cannot have another defeat on Saturday with the other relegation-threatened sides starting to pick up points.
Aaron Ramsey turns away after scoring the first goal
Newcastle’s players, as usual, tried their hardest but it’s clear Rafa needs more talent, class, and creativity in the side.
The two goals were poor ones to concede with Jamaal Lascelles badly at fault for the second goal and he looked rusty all night.
The captain let the ball bounce in the penalty box – always a risky business – and Lacazette was past him in a jiffy to put the ball into the net to make it 2-0 after 83 minutes.
The first goal was when the classy Ramsey hit the ball first time past Dubravka and it went in off the far post.
Ramsey will be joining Juventus in the summer when his contract runs out at Arsenal.
We have only Liverpool left in the last six games and we have to go all out to get wins in every single game.
While we didn’t expect to win the game last night (we were hoping we could of course) it was the difference in class between the two sides that was disappointing for Newcastle and a bit of a wake-up call.
We cannot have any let-downs over the last games and Rafa will be disappointed we couldn’t match Arsenal last night.
Sat 06 Apr Newcastle vs Crystal Palace 3:00pm Fri 12 Apr Leicester vs Newcastle 8:00pm Sat 20 Apr Newcastle vs Southampton 5:30pm Sat 27 Apr Brighton vs Newcastle 5:30pm Sat 04 May Newcastle vs Liverpool 3:00pm Sun 12 May Fulham vs Newcastle 3:00pm