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Arsenal left to ‘swallow the poison’ as Champions League hopes slip away


Mikel Arteta stated Arsenal should “swallow the poison” after a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle United left his workforce dealing with failure to qualify for the Champions League for the fifth successive season.

Arsenal had been one win away from sealing a top-four spot and returning to the Champions League for the primary time since 2017 forward of final Thursday’s North London derby towards Tottenham Hotspur.

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However a 3-0 defeat towards Spurs, adopted by Monday’s loss at St James’ Park, means Arsenal go into the ultimate weekend of the season two factors adrift of Tottenham and needing Antonio Conte’s workforce to lose at relegated Norwich Metropolis to have any likelihood of qualifying for the Champions League.

Gunners supervisor Arteta stated, although, that his workforce may haven’t any excuses following their defeat towards Newcastle.

“Tonight, we have to swallow all the poison that we feel and go again tomorrow,” Arteta stated. “It was a really tough match. Normally, I sit here and defend what we have done, but Newcastle were 100 times better than us in every department, from beginning to end.

“It is very laborious to just accept it. We knew what to anticipate from Newcastle, however did not deal with it and did not compete.

“We were in trouble time after time, lost every duel and were second best all the time. Newcastle probably deserved a bigger margin as well.

“I’ll all the time defend my gamers, however tonight that is a very troublesome factor to do.”

Despite the odds now heavily favouring Spurs in the race for fourth, Arsenal can still leapfrog their rivals if they win at home to Everton and Norwich, who have won just once in 16 games, claim a shock victory against Spurs.

Arteta added that his team have to go into the Everton game believing in their chances.

“We have to win, they [Spurs] have to lose. In soccer that may occur, so from tomorrow we’ll put together for Everton. It is nonetheless mathematically attainable.

“But we have to put our head down and accept this performance was nowhere near the standard required for the Champions League.”

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was much more pointed in his evaluation of Arsenal’s efficiency within the loss, saying the Gunners did not deserve a spot in Europe’s high continental competitors subsequent season.

“People speak always about leaders. We’re not playing tennis, we’re playing football. If someone is not ready for this pressure, stay at home,” Xhaka stated. “You can’t come here and play like this. We looked very bad today. The game plan was totally different. We played a totally different game.

“They had been working us over from the primary minute to the 96th. Whenever you play like this you do not need to play within the Champions League.

“The thing is the pressure. If you can’t handle the pressure, it ends like today. It looks like we can’t do something against the pressure.”



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