Arsenal’s wait for a first away point in the Premier League this season endures as another display defined by the error-strewn defence of Shkodran Mustafi saw them turn an early lead over Newcastle into a 2-1 defeat at St James’ Park.
No other side in the top flight have lost all their games on the road this season but Arsene Wenger’s troops are now nought-for-five in 2018. Their losing run seemed set to end when Alexandre Lacazette volleyed them into a 14th minute lead but their defence could not hold Newcastle at bay.
First Perez beat Mustafi at the near post to draw the Magpies level before half-time and then both Nacho Monreal and the German made a mess of a simple scenario as Matt Ritchie struck the winner 22 minutes from time.
Rafa Benitez and Arsene Wenger, one leading his side to four straight victories, one slipping into the shadows after five consecutive away defeats, Arsenal’s worst run on the road since 1984.
And this was classic Arsenal, albeit not so classic. They saw plenty of the ball, had a host of chances but, ultimately, were just too flaky to see home a victory which should have been theirs.