Matt Ritchie stars as Newcastle hit back to down Arsenal

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NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Apr 16- Arsene Wenger admits he finds Arsenal's away form "baffling" after they suffered yet another defeat on the road at Newcastle United.

They have fared a little better on the road in continental competition, but Keown admits that struggles away from Emirates Stadium could end up costing Arsene Wenger's side dear - both at home and overseas.

They also have a two-legged Europa League semi-final with Atletico Madrid to come, with the return date of that encounter set to take them to the Spanish capital on May 3. Arsene Wenger blamed Arsenal's loss at Newcastle on fatigue following Thursday's Europa League trip to Moscow, but admitted that the manner of the defeat summed up their away form for the entire season.

Asked if he wanted to see VAR used for the 2018-19 campaign, he added: "Yes, because the Premier League has been created by people who had a progressive mind and wanted to be in front of the rest in Europe".

"He was all about: "This is what we're going to do and this is how we're going to do it".

But it was Newcastle who landed the knockout blow in the 68th minute.

BBC pundit and former Spurs striker Crooks was impressed by Diame's performance in Newcastle's 2-1 win against Arsenal on Sunday and named him in his team of the week.

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If he is simply paying lip service to the issues or allows the cracks to be papered over should Arsenal enjoy a strong end to the season, the Gunners will continue to be a stagnant force in the Premier League.

But his struggles highlight how Arsenal need to completely rebuild their defence this summer if they are to get back into the Premier League's top four.

"I like Rafa Benitez, he is one of the top managers".

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

"I think the first thing to say is to congratulate the club, the fans, the staff, the players, everybody because it was a massive effort this year".

"They need someone with longevity, somebody who will get a four or five year contract and stay there".

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