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Wenger says Newcastle defeat is ‘story of our season.’

Arsenal slipped to yet another away defeat yesterday when they lost 2-1 to Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle.

The Gunners took an early lead when Alexandre Lacazette slotted home a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cross in the 14th minute.

However, Ayoze Perez equalised before half-time and then Matt Ritchie scored the winner in the second period to guarantee Newcastle’s Premier League status for next season.

Speaking after the game Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted this type of defeat has become all too familiar this season.

“We didn’t put our chances to bed and made unbelievable mistakes,” Wenger told the BBC.

“It’s been the story of our season, 70% possession, 1-0, lots of chances, and then you wonder how you lose the game.

“But these players are quality and we need to forget about today and focus on the next game. We have to be realistic. We came out of it with no points and overall we thought we should have got three points.”

Arsenal struggling away from home has been a common theme during this campaign, with the Gunners winning just three games away from the Emirates all season.

Wenger’s side remain in sixth place in the table, but seventh placed Burnley are just two points behind them now, which means Arsenal could find themselves embroiled in a battle to qualify for next seasons Europa League.

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