Wenger calls for VAR after Man City v Liverpool mistake

Newcastle player Ayoze Perez is congratulated after scoring his first goal during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newcastle United and Luton Town at St James Park

Arsenal's slide down the Premier League has left them facing the prospect of a nightmare pre-season that would involve managing Europa League qualifiers and expected matches in Singapore just 11 days after the World Cup final.

Sunday's result came after Arsenal nearly threw away a 4-1 lead over CSKA as they went 2-0 down in the second leg of their quarter-final.

They face Atletico Madrid in the last four and will qualify for the Champions League if they win the competition.

It took until the 67th minute for either side to have a shot in the second half, with Ritchie then getting the victor a minute later. "We had 70 per cent of the ball, were 1-0 up and in the end you lose 2-1 and you wonder how you can lose this game", said a rueful Wenger.

The result ended the Magpies' run of 10 successive league losses to Arsene Wenger's side and moved them to 41 points in the table, taking it to the brink of survival.

To put it bluntly, Arsenal are the only side in all four English divisions to have not picked up a single away point in 2018 so perhaps not being is a good place to start.

Newcastle player Ayoze Perez is congratulated after scoring his first goal during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newcastle United and Luton Town at St James Park

Rafa, he argued, doesn't play an exciting enough brand of football for the Arsenal fans to get behind, that setting teams up to avoid defeat was his main footballing principle.

'Pep was adapting to the Premier League last season and this time he has had a spectacular season.

Ayoze Perez equalized for Newcastle in the 29th.

Calum Chambers had a great chance to restore the Gunners' lead before the break in very similar fashion to Lacazette's finish, but the fullback could only clip the outside of the right-hand post after stretching to meet Mustafi's header across the box.

Kenedy nearly made it three, his shot looping up and hitting the bar.

Ritchie scored the victor against Manchester United on February 11 that kickstarted Newcastle's surge to safety and he did the same here, running onto Perez's flick off Islam Slimani's header to beat Petr Cech from 12 meters (yards).

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