Mikel Arteta punished his team “Arsenal” for quitting the season in the awkward defeat of “Newcastle” with a score of 2-0, as a result of which the “canaries” will miss the Champions League for the sixth season in a row.
Tottenham remain two points ahead of their rivals from north London, who are fourth in the Premier League.
Now the Spurs really only need a draw away with Norwich, who have already been knocked out on Sunday, to secure a place in the top four thanks to their significant goal difference.
The defeat of Arsenal also guaranteed Chelsea their third place in the Champions League next season.
Ben White’s own goal and Bruno Guimarães ’late kick were the difference between the sides.
But the manner of performing in Newcastle was even more impressive as Eddie Howe’s men sent a message that they could be fighting to get into the top four next season.
“It’s a really hard night to swallow,” Arteta said. “Newcastle deserved a comfortable victory. They were much better from the first minute, we had nothing in the game.
“They were much better than us in everything that a football match requires. We couldn’t handle the game we had to play here tonight. “
The Artets ’wards were in the driver’s seat three games before the end as they outscored the Spurs by four points.
But Tottenham’s 3-0 derby on Thursday intensified the pressure on the young “gunners” who could not respond.
“Newcastle was 10 times better than us, and the performance was not close to what we need to play in the Champions League,” – added Arteta. “We weren’t in the races.”
– “Massive Club” –
Only Manchester City and Liverpool have won more points in the Premier League than the Magpies in 2022, since they began splashing out the wealth of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund in the transfer market.
New big money is expected to arrive in St. James’s Park in the coming months, but Arsenal’s budget in the transfer market could be severely damaged if it loses the Champions League fortune again.
“It was a brilliant comprehensive performance. It was the front leg, we never went down, and it’s the most enjoyable, ”Howe said.
“We have to improve and work incredibly to improve everything in the team over the summer. It’s a big club, we have big ambitions, but I have to focus on how we do it, not on conversations. “
The Newcastle coup led by Howe was unable to counter one of the traditional top six in the Premier League.
But they got it and more, as Arsenal were lucky to do without a wider defeat.
Aaron Rumsdale was nearly embarrassed when Miguel Almiron blocked his clearance early.
But the England national team kept its side in the game, making a brilliant save to deny Alan Saint-Maximin on his near post.
The pressure of the hosts was finally rewarded when Jolinton’s dangerous low pass dodged Colum Wilson and flew into his goal from the hapless white.
“Newcastle” was firmly rooted in the middle of the table, but looked like a side with more on the line as they continued to storm forward.
Wilson rolled over from the Guimarães cross and then made a daring effort of 40 yards, flying an inch past the barbell.
During breaks Ramsdale made another big stop with Jacob Murphy one on one.
Newcastle’s second goal seemed only a matter of time, and it was properly scored five minutes after Rumsdale refused Wilson again, but Guimarães rebounded his fifth goal after moving from Lyon in January.