June 28, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Newcastle United defeated Arsenal 2-0 Monday
  • Arsenal’s center-back Ben White scored an personal aim 
  • Arsenal are presently fifth within the desk

Arsenal don’t should qualify for the UEFA Champions League on the idea of their efficiency of their newest 2-0 loss within the Premier League, in line with former captain Granit Xhaka.

A victory on Monday at St. James’ Park would have seen Arsenal transfer into fourth place within the 2021-22 Premier League desk. Nonetheless, Newcastle United had been a greater group as they defeated the guests 2-0 and ruined their possibilities of Champions League soccer for subsequent season. 

The Emirate facet is 2 factors behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur as either side have only a recreation left within the 2021-22 season.

“We wished to have a giant recreation nevertheless it did not occur. Folks communicate all the time about leaders. We’re not enjoying tennis, we’re enjoying soccer. If somebody is just not prepared for this strain, keep at residence. You possibly can’t come right here and play like this. We appeared very dangerous at present. The sport plan was completely totally different. We performed a completely totally different recreation. They had been working us over from the primary minute to the 96th. Once you play like this, you do not should play within the Champions League,” Xhaka instructed BBC Sport.

The Swiss midfielder went on so as to add that “If you cannot deal with the strain, it ends like at present. It appears to be like like we won’t do one thing in opposition to the strain.”

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Only one group – Liverpool (25) – has received extra factors at residence within the Premier League this yr than Newcastle United (22), in line with Opta Joe. 

After a goalless first half, Arsenal’s center-back Ben White netted a 55th-minute own goal to put the home side 1-0 up. Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes added a second goal later on to hand Newcastle their 12th victory of the season. 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta lambasted his side’s performance at Newcastle Photo: AFP / Oli SCARFF

The defeat to Newcastle means Arsenal should beat Everton on the ultimate day of the 2021-22 Premier League and hope Tottenham, who’re two factors forward and with a a lot superior aim distinction, lose to relegated Norwich Metropolis. 

“If Tottenham lose and we win, you by no means know in soccer. We have now to hope. Earlier than the sport, all the pieces was in our fingers. It is a completely totally different recreation now,” added Xhaka.

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