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Slimani’s impact helps Newcastle beat Arsenal

Algerian striker Islam Slimani came off the bench and helped Newcastle United beat Arsenal 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Slimani, who was making just his second appearance for the Magpies since joining in January, replaced Dwight Gayle in the 63rd minute with the score level at 1-1.

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And in the 69th minute, the hosts took the lead. A brilliant powerful header by Slimani was directed into the path of Ayoze Perez, who flicked the ball to Matt Ritchie and he finished off superbly, beating Petr Cech.

29-year-old Slimani, on loan from Leicester City, continued to have a positive impact on the game. He combined well with Kenedy on two occasions in the second half.

The Brazilian went close to making it 3-1, hitting the crossbar from Slimani’s ball into the box. Slimani worked his socks off, taking part in the defensive duties as well.

Having come off the bench twice, Slimani will be hoping to start some of the final five games of the campaign for Rafa Benitez’s team.

The result means that Newcastle remain in 10th place and are now on 41 points, which surely seals their Premier League status for next season. Arsenal meanwhile have now lost every away game in the league this calendar year.

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