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Matt Ritchie channeled his inner Superman to deny Alexandre Lacazette a certain goal

"It's a bird, It's a plane, It's Matt Ritchie!"

Matt Ritchie is the epitome of a ‘does a job’ Premier League player.

He’s a guaranteed 7/10 every week for Newcastle but every so often he pops up with something a bit special and this was one of those moments.

Ritchie literally turned into a flying Scotsman to deny Alexandre Lacazette a certain goal and Arsenal their second of the night against Newcastle.


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What a hero

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What a hero

On the stroke of half-time the Gunners had Rafa Benitez’s side under heavy pressure and it took Ritchie summoning his inner Superman to keep the scoreline at 1-0.

Sead Kolasinac found Lacazette in the box and while the Frenchman did well to forge out a chance, producing a strike on the turn which caught out the Newcastle defence, Ritchie’s response was even better.

Lacazette flicked the ball up and fired at goal all in the same motion

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Lacazette flicked the ball up and fired at goal all in the same motion

With the Frenchman’s effort goal-bound and Martin Dubravka stranded, Ritchie was on hand to save the day.

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With the Frenchman’s effort goal-bound and Martin Dubravka stranded, Ritchie was on hand to save the day.

Another angle for Newcastle fans to savour

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Another angle for Newcastle fans to savour

Ritchie’s reaction suggests he surprised even himself

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Ritchie’s reaction suggests he surprised even himself

This is arguably the Scotland international’s most impressive contribution in a Newcastle shirt to date.

However, it’s still not our favourite Ritchie moment.

Who can forget when he officially became the angriest man in football after he was subbed…


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