Alan Shearer delivers Arsenal verdict after defeat to Newcastle


Alan Shearer has stated that he was ‘really surprised’ by how Arsenal reacted to their defeat to Tottenham last week against Newcastle United on Monday night.

Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat at St James’ Park to hand the race for Champions League football into the hands of Spurs.

It’s a body blow of a result for the Gunners, as they will now head into the final day of the Premier League campaign hoping for a favour from already-relegated Norwich.

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Given that it’s highly unlikely that will happen, this Arsenal side, that were well on course for a top-four finish, are now staring at Europa League football.

It was a raucous atmosphere inside St James’ Park, as Shearer told Premier League Productions that Arsenal somehow were left ‘surprised’ by that. 

“What surprised me with the Arsenal team was, on the back of such a poor performance against Tottenham,” said Shearer. 

“What you want and need is you need a game straightaway. We want to get that out of our system. 

“We all knew. Everyone all knew what the atmosphere was going to be like at St James’ Park tonight, so those players should have known and Mikel Arteta would have known. 

“I was really surprised it looked as if it caught them by surprise. They were like a rabbit in the headlights. They didn’t know what hit them. 

“Arsenal couldn’t cope being put under the pressure. That was the surprising thing. They never laid a glove on Newcastle in 95 minutes – they got worse (as the game went on).” 

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This one will be very difficult to take for Arsenal because, not only have they possibly lost Champions League football, but that to Tottenham. 

Spurs, first under Nuno Espirito Santo, and now Antonio Conte, have had an indifferent season, yet they could top it off with a top-four finish. 

Tottenham have always been accused of being ‘Spursy’ before, but in truth, it’s Arsenal who are showcasing those bottling traits now.

Of course, the final day can throw absolutely anything, but it seems as though it’s Europa League football for the Gunners. 

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