Rafa Benitez hints at Newcastle United stay despite links with Arsenal

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He declared after Sunday's victory over Arsenal that guaranteed Premier League survival that "everything has to be right" for him to agree to stay on St James' Park, but there is no doubt his attitude is softening.

Arsenal fans have been calling for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to be paired together in attack at every opportunity, and in the 14th minute the reason why became clear as the pair linked up to open the scoring.

Ritchie, though stunned the Gunners with a second goal for Newcastle with 68 minutes played, as he smashed home past Cech, having picked up a Perez flick as Nacho Monreal's poor headed clearance fell for second-half substitute Islam Slimani, who nodded the ball down to the goalscorer.

Aubameyang and his Gunners' teammates were beaten 2-1 by Newcastle United in a Premier League tie as Arsenal's hope of finishing among the top four this season suffered a set back. We collectively made a number of mistakes at the same time which led to their goal, and we devalued our work during the game with a situation like that.

It appears as though Arsenal were in favour of the technology being implemented however, with Wenger raising the issue again after Newcastle beat Arsenal.

Indeed, Newcastle actually had more efforts on target [4 v 3] and in the second half looked more and more unsafe on the counter-attack the longer the game went on. Arsene Wenger blames all of our away defeats on avoidable defensive errors, and even Petr Cech admitted this week that we have made mistakes in almost all our away games.

"We changed the line-up but we did really well in the first half".

Newcastle's winning margin could have been greater, but Kenedy's audacious effort came back off the woodwork late on.

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