Mark Lawrenson describes it as a ‘horrible’ evening for Arsenal.
The Gunners falling aside towards large rivals Tottenham.
Arsenal hammered 3-0, dropping Rob Holding to a daft purple card, while Mikel Arteta wished guilty all the pieces on the referee…
Eddie Howe confronted Arsenal in his first ever Newcastle United away sport, clear penalty claims ignored by each the referee and VAR official, which mixed with defensive errors gave the Gunners a 2-0 win.
Mark Lawrenson although, fairly rightly factors out the large strides made beneath Eddie Howe as he revived a workforce / squad that had been dragged down by over two years beneath Steve Bruce, Lawrenson declaring about NUFC, ‘Beating them there’s a very large ask.’
Solely the perfect two groups on the earth on the minute have crushed Howe’s Newcastle United within the Premier League at St James Park, which is a few achievement these previous six months contemplating what the Head Coach inherited.
While on the subject of 2022 type, for Arsenal it’s 31 factors picked up in 17 PL matches, as in comparison with 32 factors for NUFC in 17 PL video games.
Tottenham have backside three golf equipment Burnley and Norwich to face, so Arsenal with just one level benefit over Spurs, can’t afford something however two wins of their final pair of video games.
Nevertheless, Mark Lawrenson believes it’s Europa League right here they arrive for Mikel Arteta and his gamers, with Newcastle predicted to play out a 1-1 draw at St James Park of their last house match of the season.
Mark Lawrenson chatting with BBC Sport:
“Arsenal endured a horrible evening in Thursday’s north London derby however they can’t afford to dwell on what went unsuitable for them towards Spurs.
“It’s typical Arsenal, actually, as a result of they at all times appear to get themselves in a very good place however every time one thing goes towards them, they simply appear to break down.
“At occasions this season it has appeared like they’ve turn into stronger mentally – however they haven’t.
“They’re beneath stress now, too.
“If Spurs beat Burnley on Sunday, and I believe they are going to, then Arsenal must win at St James’ Park or fourth place might be out of their arms on the ultimate day of the season.
“We all know Tottenham have a file of messing up too, however they play backside aspect Norwich on the ultimate day and Arsenal clearly don’t wish to be counting on the Canaries to do them a favour.
“That is likely to be the situation the Gunners are dealing with, although.
“Everyone knows how a lot Newcastle have improved prior to now few months, and so they have been very sturdy at St James’ Park.
“Beating them there’s a very large ask.
“Prediction is Newcastle 1 Arsenal 1.”