Arsenal away form is 'baffling', says Wenger

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Newcastle's latest victory came at the expense of Arsenal at St James' Park on Sunday, and the result led to some Gunners fans demanding Benitez replace Wenger. The contrast in emotions is a stark one, but there is feeling there nonetheless.

The club is now in 6th place and 13 points behind North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, who are in 4th. Finally, some much-maligned internal politics that have also derailed the team's seasons were to blame.

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. "Admittedly we still need to score more, but the big keeper said: "...

To that end, they could do an terrible lot worse than look to the man that orchestrated their defeat on Sunday.

Ritchie tested Cech before 18-year-old Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock's poor finish wasted an opportunity to mark his Premier League debut with a goal.

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That is the opinion of Arsenal hero turned pundit Paul Merson.

They combined for the opening goal on 14 minutes when Shkodran Mustafi's diagonal pass found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang peeling away and he crossed for a stretching Lacazette to steer a volley past Martin Dubravka.

Benitez's teams are organised, conservative even, but is that level of organisation not exactly what Arsenal have been crying out for in the last few years?

It was little more than the visitors deserved with Mohamed Elneny, Alex Iwobi and Aubameyang causing all kinds of problems for Rafael Benitez's men, whose eagerness to take the game to the visitors was leaving them a little too open.

The Manchester City game would have, in previous seasons, represented something of a crunch tie, but an unenthusiastic Emirates crowd, coupled with Arsenal's miserable performance on the pitch dominated proceedings as the Gunners were deservedly thumped by the then champions-elect. In his post match news conference, Wenger ripped the league's decision not to go with VAR as "very, very bad" and as a move that will cause the league to fall behind other leagues in the world.

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