Newcastle United equal Arsenal’s peculiar Premier League record despite weekend loss

Newcastle United were defeated 2-1 by already relegated Queens Park Rangers.

Newcastle United suffered their ninth defeat in 10 Premier League matches as they were downed 2-1 by Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

The disappointing defeat piled further pressure on caretaker boss John Carver and now sets up a last-day decider between Newcastle, Sunderland and Hull City for the final relegation spot.

At half-time the picture looked a lot rosier for the Magpies as they looked comfortable and led QPR 1-0 thanks to former French Under-21 international Emmanuel Rivière's first goal for the club.

The 25-year-old traded Monaco for Newcastle last summer, and his debut strike for the Geordies equalled a peculiar record set by Arsenal for having the most French scorers in Premier League history.

The Gunners over the years have had a long list of superb French internationals grace North London, none better than their all-time leading scorer Thierry Henry.

Newcastle, in contrast, haven’t quite had such illustrious names but their links with Les Blues has been evident in recent years due to a number of their acquisitions coming from across the channel.

Rivière's intriguing moment wasn’t enough to ensure Newcastle’s Premier League safety ahead of the season finale as a second-half collapse soon followed.

Goals from Matty Phillips and Leroy Fer completed the turnaround and caused disappointment for the travelling support, especially considering victory would have been enough owing to Hull City’s loss.

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