Arsenal once again lost away from home in the Premier League as Newcastle took advantage of some woeful defending to grab the points at St James Park.

The Gunners possess an awful stat too - our away record in 2018 is the worst in all of the leagues in England as we have failed to pick up a solitary point. We’re the only twam in the top 4 divisions without an away point this year.

This display was not one of our worst, but it was a damning indictment of our defence, as Newcastle didn’t do anything tricky to outwit us. We simply couldn’t deal with what they threw forward, which wasn’t anything special.

If we are to improve, then first and foremost our backline needs to improve. The scary thing is the two best parts of our defence - Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal - are past their peak and will only go downhill from here.

We don’t need evolution, we need revolution in defence.

We named a slightly experimental lineup for this match, with Jo Willock in the side for his first ever league start. Another first was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette starting in the same side. It would be this combo that would get us off to a dream start.

The game started off tentatively, but Aubameyang chased a ball forward and flung a boot before the ball went out of play. It hooked into the box toward the far post, and was met by a flying Lacazette, who met it first time to lash home on the slide.

Our dreaded blue kit hadn’t hindered us in this game, we had the lead and looked comfortable.

Then, Jonjo Shelvey started to ping long range passes to Dwight Gayle and it began to stretch us. It was one of these that led to Newcastle’s equaliser.

Gayle held the ball up well and waited for support. It came in the form of DeAndre Yedlin, and the American’s cross found Ayoze Perez, who stole a yard from Shkodran Mustafi - yet again the German allowed his man in front of him to cost us a goal - and Petr Cech was beaten too easily at his near post.

From this point, the game was pretty even in terms of threat. It was difficult to predict who would get the next goal, but we were having the better of the possession.

We did have a small chance late in the half, as Jo Willock could have really made his debut a memorable one. Lacazette stole possession, but instead of taking his chance, he chose to pass. Willock was well placed but let the chance go begging.

The half time whistle blew and this result was on a knife edge.

The second half was more of the same fare, but Newcastle were showing real willing to chase and it meant our makeshift backline of Holding, Mustafi, Chambers and Monreal were being pressured. This would give Newcastle the lead on the 68th minute.

From a throw in, Nacho headed the ball up, and then instead of putting their foot through the ball, we instead stood pedestrian as Matt Ritchie was too easily set free and the Scotsman finished well to give the home side the lead.

We had 20 minutes to salvage something, but we couldn’t muster the final chance we needed. Newcastle had shown that little bit more desire and it had edged the game, and it left us with yet another loss away from home.

This is far from good enough. We may have a world class attack, but without a defence behind it to inspire confidence, we’ll get more of the same next season.

Mohamed Elneny once again had a great game, but there was no link between midfield - which was industrious but lacking vision - to attack, with Iwobi finding little joy from Paul Dummett.

Newcastle only had to keep the pressure up and we folded. Our defensive organisation is nowhere to be seen and on this evidence, Griezmann and co may well be looking forward to our Europa League semi-final.

Not just that, but our Premier League final placing looks set to be the worst under Wenger - and with the capacity to finish as low as 7th.

Not acceptable.