Arsenal (5th) lost 2-0 at Newcastle (12th), a result that removes the Gunners from the possibility of playing in the UEFA Champions League again next season after a six-year absence .
Defeated by Tottenham (4th), their direct rival for fourth place last Thursday (3-0), Mikel Arteta’s men once again failed in a capital duel for their Champions League aspirations.
With two points behind Spurs and a very unfavorable goal difference (+24 to +9), Tottenham will have enough next Sunday with a draw in their visit to already relegated Norwich to seal their ticket to the Champions regardless of the rest of results of the two days to dispute.
Arsenal, on the other hand, will receive an Everton team that is playing for permanence (16th) with the obligation to win and wait for a defeat by Spurs to reach the last day with options.
In a season finale in which Arteta’s men have noticed the lack of some of their key pieces (such as the Ghanaian Thomas Partey) and have paid for the immaturity of the youngest squad in the entire Premier League, Ben White ended up finding the prize Newcastle’s dominance by opening the scoring early in the second half (55).
The Gunners not only reacted but could have conceded more goals (with chances missed by Jacob Murphy and Callum Wilson), until the Brazilian Bruno Guimaraes, one of the symbols of the resurrection of a Newcastle that seemed doomed to relegation in January, sentenced little by little to the end (85).
“They were much better than us from minute one and they deserved the victory,” Arteta admitted, adding that his team was “far from playing as needed to reach the Champions League.” (D)