Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles: 'Rafael Benitez is a special manager'

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 17, 2018

"The same thing happened again", said Keown, after watching Mutsafi fail to track the run of Ayoze Perez during Sunday's 2-1 defeat for Arsenal at St James' Park. The Spaniard, who turned 58 on Monday, was first asked about the Arsenal stories.

Sunday's result came after Arsenal nearly threw away a 4-1 lead over CSKA as they went 2-0 down in the second leg of their quarter-final. His weak defending against Sergio Aguero as the Manchester City striker scored the opening goal in the Carabao Cup final stands out as the most glaring, a low point even in a season filled with shake-your-head-in-disbelief displays by the Gunners' back four.

The Arsenal fan and former player coming out with some pretty unusual reasoning.

"The Premier League has been created by people who had a progressive mind and wanted to be in front of the rest in Europe".

"We are in the two competitions, so we need to keep switching between them and do our best". Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame slipped and gifted the ball to Lacazette who darted forward before picking out Willock, but the opportunity for a strike on goal sailed by while the teenager was trying to work out which foot to use. As such, I do hope Wenger was taking notes, because there is a lot he could have learned from Rafa Benitez.

'Pep was adapting to the Premier League last season and this time he has had a spectacular season.

Arsenal's away form has contributed to them now being stuck in a battle for sixth spot with Premier League surprise package Burnley.

"You wouldn't want to cross him, he's got a real ruthlessness about him".

'I guess that means the top-six.

"Arsenal fans are staying away at the moment, because it is not entertaining enough, and I think they will need someone with a little bit more flair".

Newcastle's winning margin could have been greater, but Kenedy's audacious effort came back off the woodwork late on.

The 2-1 result saw Newcastle nudge their way into the top 10 with a fourth win in a row that all but seals their Premier League safety.

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