Newcastle 2-1 Arsenal: Matt Ritchie completes comeback as hosts all-but ensure survival
Matt Ritchie scored the winner as Newcastle all-but ensured their Premier League survival with a 2-1 comeback win over bogey side Arsenal.
Alexandre Lacazette had volleyed the visitors into a 14th-minute lead at St James’ Park, but Ayoze Perez drew Newcastle level (29) with a smart near-post finish before Ritchie completed the turnaround with a 68th-minute strike.
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A fourth straight Premier League win means Rafa Benitez’s once relegation-threatened side have surpassed the 40-point safety mark set by their manager and, after a priceless victory on the eve of his birthday, will now harbour real hopes of a top-10 finish.