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Arsenal’s wait for Champions League return likely to continue after ‘disaster’ against Newcastle



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What actually hurts for Arsenal’s followers is that earlier than these two video games, the membership had been shaping as much as announce its return to the highest of European football.

The two-0 defeat at St James’ Park — a efficiency midfielder Granit Xhaka described as a “catastrophe” — delivered an enormous blow to Arsenal’s possibilities of ending within the Premier League prime 4 because the Gunners stay two factors behind Tottenham with one recreation left to play.

To regain fourth place and qualify for the Champions League, Arsenal will realistically have to beat Everton on Sunday and hope backside aspect Norwich — with out a win in six Premier League video games — can pull off an unlikely victory towards Tottenham.

However as issues stand, Monday’s lackluster defeat seems expensive.

“If somebody is not prepared for this recreation, keep at house,” was Xhaka’s withering evaluation of his group’s exhibiting towards Newcastle.

“Should you’re not prepared for that, you are nervous, keep on the bench or keep at house, do not come right here,” he informed Sky Sports activities. “We’d like people who have balls — sorry to say that — to return right here and to play, as a result of we knew this recreation is possibly one of the vital essential video games for us.”

Newcastle, with little to play for aside from cementing mid-table standing, dominated the encounter and will have been in entrance by halftime — the most effective likelihood falling to Allan Saint-Maximin after a energetic run previous Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The house aspect did take the lead 10 minutes into the second half when Ben White deflected Joelinton’s cross into his personal web.

White's own goal gave Newcastle the lead against Arsenal.

That purpose did little to spur Arsenal into motion as waves of Newcastle assaults continued and several other possibilities — together with an audacious, long-distance try to lob Aaron Ramsdale — fell to Callum Wilson.

However it was Bruno Guimarães, after Wilson had been denied by Ramsdale with 5 minutes left to play, who scored Newcastle’s second and condemned Arsenal to back-to-back losses after final week’s sucker-punch defeat to Tottenham.

“Newcastle had been 100 occasions higher than us in each division from the start to the top and it is arduous to simply accept,” said Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta.

“However it’s a must to settle for it and that is the fact of what occurred immediately on that pitch … We did not compete, we by no means obtained into the sport, we put ourselves in hassle time after time, we misplaced each duel.

“Each facet of the sport we had been second finest and Newcastle completely deserved to win the match, most likely by an even bigger margin as nicely.”

The consequence means Arsenal will doubtless characteristic within the Europa League subsequent season, and Europe’s second-tier competitors comes with its personal distinctive challenges — specifically touring to Europe to play on a Thursday earlier than returning for a Premier League recreation on the weekend.

That may very well be tough for Arteta given his aspect has struggled with a scarcity of squad depth all through the season.

“The group that we had been in a position to construct is what we had been in a position to construct and it is the group that has taken us all the way in which right here,” the supervisor mirrored after Monday’s defeat.

Arteta looks on during Arsenal's loss to Newcastle.

Midfielder Thomas Partey has been absent since Arsenal’s defeat towards Crystal Palace at first of April, whereas left-back Kieran Tierney is recovering after present process knee surgical procedure final month.

These accidents — coupled with the choice to not signal extra gamers in the course of the January switch window — may have contributed to Arsenal’s undoing, whereas indiscipline has additionally been an issue.

Xhaka was pink carded within the first half towards Manchester Metropolis in August, with Arsenal occurring on to lose the sport 5-0.

Within the return fixture on the Emirates Stadium, defender Gabriel was despatched off simply earlier than the hour mark with the rating at 1-1 in a recreation Arsenal was dominating. Metropolis went on to win 2-1, scoring its second purpose in stoppage time.

And in final week’s 3-0 defeat by Tottenham, Rob Holding was given a pink card simply after half-hour.

Nonetheless, there have additionally been indicators of optimism for supporters this season.

A run of 4 straight victories previous to the defeat towards Tottenham included wins towards Chelsea, Manchester United, and West Ham, and this can be Arsenal’s highest end within the league underneath Arteta.

Whereas this youthful aspect has punched above its weight a number of occasions over the previous 9 months, it would nonetheless be arduous for followers to not replicate on what may have been: a primary look within the Champions League because the 2016/17 season.

“Technically it is not over, we are able to nonetheless do it, however we have missed out on two massive alternatives to place ourselves in place,” said winger Bukayo Saka.

“It is only a disgrace.”