REFEREE: Anthony Taylor (ENG).
The north London club suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United in the last league tie at St James' Park on April 15.
The big punchline of course is that Paul Merson of all people, should know that Arsenal don't have any lengthy pre-Wenger reputation for great entertaining football, as after all he played nearly his entire Arsenal career under...
I remember going down to London for a meeting nearly a decade ago and stayed over for a few days, Arsenal were playing a Champions League match and I watched it with another Newcastle fan who was also down for this business meeting.
The Gunners have now lost their last five away games in the Premier League and their only chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League is by winning the Europa League.
On the other hand, Arsène Wenger made six changes to his side after their game in Russian Federation in midweek, with youngster Joe Willock given his first Premier League start having only been named on the substitutes bench once this season in the league.More news: Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) Analysts See $0.60 EPS
The Gunners were just as poor at the other end of the pitch as they squandered two good chances to retake the lead before the break.
Calum Chambers could have restored Arsenal's lead before the interval, but the defender shot wide from Mustafi's knock down.
Newcastle enjoyed another escape four minutes later when Lacazette robbed Mohamed Diame and fed Joe Willock, only for the teenager to mis-kick with the goal at his mercy on his Premier League debut. He delivered a series of long balls off both feet which allowed lone striker Dwight Gayle to stretch the Gunners' back four and relieved pressure on his own team.
Ritchie was the man to put the Magpies into the lead after a good header from second half substitute Islam Slimani saw Ritchie one on one with Peter Cech, and the winger confidently slotted the ball into the back of the net with his weak right foot.
Kenedy, on loan from Chelsea, came close to putting the result beyond doubt with a looping effort that hit the crossbar with Cech beaten. It's really quite appalling.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran onto a long ball into the Newcastle area and picked out Lacazette, who stretched to volley home at the far post for his 13th goal of a hard first season following his move from Lyon.