'Let me put this to bed, ' he told TalkSport.
"We have to be realistic".
"We're still going to try to finish as high as possible in the table".
A resigned, nearly brutally realistic, Arsène Wenger described Arsenal's fifth successive away defeat in the Premier League as "the story of our season".
This is laughable, Arsenal fans are staying away because they don't think they are winning enough trophies and aren't high enough up in the Premier League, even though they are now sixth, got to the League Cup final and are in the Europa League semis.
But the visitors made a lively start to the game as they took the lead after 14 minutes.
Just moments after he was left writhing on the turf following a crunching challenge from Kenedy, Lacazette exacted revenge.
'There are people that talk about "Young coaches and we give them time", but when a club wants to win quickly what they want is results and results with people who have been here for a while and know what the Premier League is and how hard it can be'.
The second half began much as the first had ended, with Arsenal dominating possession, although the Magpies looked less porous in the wake of their half-time briefing.
Newcastle levelled the scores in the 29th minute, however, when Perez turned a low DeAndre Yedlin cross into the back of the net after Gayle had gathered a long pass from Jonjo Shelvey before delivering wide.
With Joe Willock starting against Newcastle this afternoon, he became only the fourth player to be born after Arsene Wenger took charge of his first Arsenal match - joining Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah.
Ritchie clearly saves his goals for the big occasion, having scored the victor against Manchester United in February.
It was nearly 3-1 a few minutes later when Kenedy was played through on goal by a great pass from Slimani but via a deflection from Mustafi, Kenedy'shot came back off the bar with Cech beaten.