Wenger admits Arsenal don't have the right balance after defeat at Newcastle

Wenger admits Arsenal don't have the right balance after defeat at Newcastle

Wenger admits Arsenal don't have the right balance after defeat at Newcastle

"There is a subconscious weight on our mind". "There's a difference between the performance and the result because I felt we played very well in the first half especially and should have put the game to bed. Once you're in a negative spiral like that, it's very hard to get out". On top of that, I must say the attitude of our team was spot on from the start.

Only two points short of reaching the magical total of 40 for the season, Newcastle responded in the ideal manner and found the equaliser in the 29th-minute when Perez's side-footed DeAndre Yedlin's cross in at Petr Cech's near-post.

"We paid a bit for the fact we played on Thursday night".

"It's a massive achievement for the players, the city and the fans".

With the gap to the top four still at 13 points, and with only five games left to play, the Gunners are now expected to concentrate their efforts on winning the Europa League. "Today we didn't play incredible football because we played an wonderful team, but you have to manage how you play and compete for the win".

There were some nervy moments in the closing stages as Arsenal pressed for an equaliser, but Newcastle held on for a vital win.

Ayoze Perez equalised just before the half-hour mark, running in past Shkodran Mustafi, to guide in DeAndre Yedlin's cross at the near post.

Alex Iwobi nearly doubled Arsenal s lead moments later with a stinging strike that forced a good save from Martin Dubravka.

Matt Ritchie sent Newcastle into the lead 68 minutes in as Islam Slimani flicked on a header before the Scotsman fired a right-footed strike past Cech from close range.

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