After Arsenal’s Champions League ambitions were shattered by a two-goal setback at Newcastle on Monday night leaving Bukayo Saka despondent.
The Arsenal star was visibly depressed following his club’s 2-0 defeat to Eddie Howe’s side on Monday night, a result that was crucial for their top-four hopes.
Newcastle’s domination made the first 45 minutes appear like a contest of attack versus defense at times.
Mikel Arteta cut a disgruntled figure on the touchline as the Magpies had their feet firmly on the Gunners’ necks.
Soon after the break, things got even worse for Arsenal as Benjamin White deflected the ball past Aaron Ramsdale and into his own net, giving the hosts the lead and making an already difficult task nearly impossible for Arsenal.
Arsenal never really got going, and they definitely never played with the tempo necessary to beat an in-form Newcastle team.
The Gunners were caught on their heels once more as they attempted to increase the pressure for a late flurry.
With a little over five minutes remaining, Bruno Guimaraes put the game out of reach when he calmly tapped home after the ball came up following another Ramsdale save.
Arsenal must now defeat Norwich at Carrow Road to have a chance of finishing fourth.
The Gunners were solidly second best throughout the encounter, with the Magpies getting a well-deserved victory thanks to a Ben White own goal and a late Bruno Guimaraes score.
Mikel Arteta’s team had already suffered a 3-0 setback against North London rivals Tottenham in the previous four days.
Arsenal now trail Spurs by two points with a considerably inferior goal differential—Antonio Conte’s team is 15 goals ahead of Arsenal going into the final day of the season.
All of this means Tottenham only needs a point against Norwich to ensure a top-four finish and Champions League football next season.
The fact that the Gunners have blown an opportunity to return to the Champions League for the first time in six years is extremely bitter.
Arsenal had a six-point lead over Spurs with 12 rounds remaining and had played one game fewer, but they have already lost that advantage.
The previous month’s losses to Crystal Palace, Brighton, and Southampton were particularly painful, but the team’s last two performances have been equally troubling.
When asked what went wrong with Arsenal’s performance against Newcastle, Saka stated that “everything” was to blame.
The 20-year-old, who was visibly depressed, explained: “We lost every duel and were unable to play out from the back correctly.
The overall performance was dreadful. We are all obviously really disappointed. Although it is technically not over, we have made it extremely tough for ourselves.
Because we had it in our hands, it is such a shame not to be able to play in the Champions League, and we are all devastated.”
“Of course, we have a youthful team, but age is irrelevant; when these situations present themselves, you must seize them.
We had possibilities to win and put ourselves in a good position in the last two games, but we were unable to do so.” Bukayo Saka added.
Arsenal now face Everton on the last day of the Premier League season and must defeat Frank Lampard’s team while hoping Norwich can upset Tottenham at home.
The Gunners were not expected to finish in the top four at the start of the season, but their lack of European experience provided them with an opportunity.