Premier League 2017/18: Three things that went wrong for Arsenal against Newcastle United
The seven-match unbeaten streak that Arsenal had maintained over the past couple of months ended at the St. James Park on Sunday (April 15). The North London side opened the scoring when Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang combined in the 14th minute of the game.
However, as it so often happens with Arsenal, they were unable to hold on to the lead and eventually lost the match 2-1 to the hosts.
Here are three things that went wrong for Arsene Wenger's team on the day:
#3 Switching off in defence
Arsenal's indifferent form in their own box has hurt them severely this season and reared its ugly head once again against Rafael Benitez's resurgent team.
Shkodran Mustafi has been extremely error-prone and has not been able to remain vigilant consistently through the 90 minutes of a game. The long-ball ploy, which has worked so well for numerous teams against the Gunners, led to Newcastle's equalizer 15 minutes after Lacazette had put the away side in front. The German's inability to mark Ayoze Perez led to the same.
Petr Cech has been struggling for a long time now and keeping a clean-sheet seems like a steep challenge for the Czech keeper these days.