Newcastle were beaten once again this weekend, and Ayoze Perez was one of many poor performers.

The Magpies fell to another 2-1 defeat, this time at the hands of Arsenal.

Perez played the full game, starting behind Joselu before moving out wide when Yoshinori Muto entered the game.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on September 15, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

The Spaniard was lively throughout, but often wasteful in the first half.

Rafa Benitez’s side pretty much dominated the opening 45 minutes, but it meant nothing. Every break Newcastle got, the likes of Perez wasted possession, which ultimately led to Arsenal taking control in the second half.

The 25-year-old is a polarising figure on Tyneside, blowing hot and cold ever since he arrived in England.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal (L) challenges for the ball with Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on September 15, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Perez is yet to score this season for the Magpies, struggling to recapture the form he had at the end of last season. The former Tenerife forward ended the campaign as Newcastle’s top scorer with 10 goals.

Newcastle fans were very upset after the defeat to Arsenal, with many players’ performances criticised by the Toon Army. After some strong performances, this was a step in the wrong direction for Newcastle.

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15th September 2018, St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, England; EPL Premier League football, Newcastle United Arsenal; Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal jumps in to tackle Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United (photo by Lee Parker/Action Plus via Getty Images)