Newcastle hit back to beat Arsenal

Newcastle United virtually guaranteed their Premier League safety as they came from a goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 at a spring-like St James’ Park on Sunday.

Alexandre Lacazette’s stretching volley gave Arsenal the lead in the 14th minute but Ayoze Perez clipped in Newcastle’s equaliser on the half hour mark.

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Newcastle were the better side after the break and took the lead in the 68th minute when Matt Ritchie fired home after a neat flick from Perez.

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a group of football players on a field: Premier League - Newcastle United vs Arsenal© REUTERS/Scott Heppell Premier League – Newcastle United vs ArsenalArsenal pressed hard for an equaliser but Newcastle defended stoutly to claim a fourth successive victory.

a man holding a football ball: Premier League - Newcastle United vs Arsenal© REUTERS/Scott Heppell Premier League – Newcastle United vs ArsenalNewcastle have 41 points in 10th place with sixth-placed Arsenal on 54 — 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

a group of people running on a football field: Premier League - Newcastle United vs Arsenal© REUTERS/Scott Heppell Premier League – Newcastle United vs Arsenal“40 points was the target at the start of the season and hopefully we’ve done enough now to secure our Premier League status,” Ritchie told Sky Sports.

a crowd of people watching a football game: Premier League - Newcastle United vs Arsenal© REUTERS/Scott Heppell Premier League – Newcastle United vs Arsenal“Now we want to keep going and try to finish as high as we can in the table.”

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