Newcastle United defeated Arsenal 2-0 in the Premier League on Monday, thereby ending Arsenal’s prospects of qualifying for the Champions League.
Newcastle won thanks to an own goal from Ben White and a late score from January signing Bruno Guimaraes, leaving Arsenal two points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place with one game remaining.
Spurs will just need a point against already-relegated bottom club Norwich City on Sunday to qualify for Europe’s premier tournament due to their better goal difference. At the same time, Mikel Arteta’s side will host his old club, Everton.
Newcastle got out to a fast start, buoyed by their supporters in their last home game of the season. Eddie Howe’s team was in the bottom three before Christmas, but with their new owners’ investment in the January transfer window, they have ascended the ladder and will only lose one league game at home in 2022.
They controlled the game and came close to scoring in the 37th minute via Allan Saint-Maximin, who cut in from the wing and jinked his way to the outside of the box, but goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale palmed his low effort away.
However, Joelinton surged down the left flank and fired in a low cross for striker Callum Wilson, but it deflected off Arsenal defender White and into his own goal just after halftime.
The hosts had several opportunities to extend their advantage, and ultimately did so in the 85th minute when Wilson went through on goal, but the ball ricocheted off Ramsdale and into the path of Guimaraes, who side-footed it in.
Newcastle’s first league victory against Arsenal since April 2018 moves Howe’s team up to 12th in the table.
Arsenal manager Arteta said his team was rightly defeated.
“Newcastle deserved to win and were much superior to us.” We had nothing to play for. “They were considerably superior in every aspect, and we were terrible with the ball,” he said to Sky Sports.
“A lot of things occurred throughout the game, such as injury substitutions, but that’s no excuse since they were far better than us.”
“It’s true that we couldn’t handle the game we had to play here. We attempted to make some changes, but it didn’t help. We had periods when we looked better, but the execution was so bad, and the goals we gave away were so bad.”