Former Newcastle United midfielder and current BT Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas has lauded the Magpies for the “unbelievable achievement” the club have managed this season after beating Arsenal.
The north east side took a massive step to securing their place in the Premier League next season by breaking the 40 point barrier with victory over the Gunners, goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie securing the three points which pushes them ever closer to mathematical safety.
The three points was Newcastle’s fourth successive victory after beating Southampton, Huddersfield and Leicester City, and it means the club have only tasted defeat twice in 2018, a run which has helped them escape the relegation battle and into the top 10.
After the win, Jenas, who can often be spotted on BT Sport’s coverage of games, was left heralding what the Magpies have done this season on his personal Twitter account, stating: “Unbelievable achievement by Rafa Benitez and those @NUFC players this season”
Unbelievable achievement by Rafa Benitez and those @NUFC players this season ????????????????????????
— Jermaine Jenas (@jjenas8) April 15, 2018
With five games to go Newcastle sit 13 points clear of Southampton in the last of the drop zone positions, and are just one point and place behind Everton.
Football Insider verdict
There can be few doubters over just what Rafael Benitez brings to Newcastle after his incredible transformation since the start of the year. The Magpies have some of the hottest form among the Premier League – not bad for a ‘Championship quality’ team who were fighting relegation back in the winter. Jenas is quite right to mention the players though, for they have lifted their performances not only against the big boys but against the sides that are around and below them. Whatever happens now, this campaign can be considered a great success for Newcastle – but they will have higher aspirations as we enter the final five games.
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