Arsenal’s last game of the Premier League season comes at home to Everton on Sunday but, really, Newcastle United might’ve killed the Gunners’ hopes of Champions League qualification.
Newcastle produced an excellent performance on Monday night to beat Arsenal 2-0 and consign Mikel Arteta’s side to Europa League football next season.
The North Londoners are two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who need only a point away to relegated Norwich City to confirm their Champions League return next term.
It was a horrendous performance from Arsenal at St James’s Park and as good as the Magpies were, well you have to admit that the visitors never really turned up, a point reinforced by Granit Xhaka after the game.
This was United’s last home game of the season and the supporters certainly marked the occasion by producing an electric atmosphere which had the home players in awe after the full-time whistle.
Here’s how Isaac Hayden – who began his career at Arsenal – reacted to the victory on Twitter yesterday:
Arsenal’s last game
There’s no major pressure on the Gunners to beat Everton.
Well, how awful would it be if Arteta’s troops drop points and Tottenham lose at Carrow Road, but the Lilywhites are overwhelming favourites to finish in the top four now and although Arsenal can’t take their foot off the gas, they can play in the knowledge that all the pressure is now on Antoio Conte’s side to finish the job.
If that happens, it’ll have been an awful end to an otherwise exciting season for the Emirates Stadium club, but they faltered in the truly must-win games and that’s certainly something for Arteta – who signed a new contract earlier this month – to improve on for the 2022-23 campaign.
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