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Arteta: We had nothing


Mikel Arteta admitted Arsenal had “nothing in the game” as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle that could prove terminal for their chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

The Gunners knew a win at St James’ Park followed by victory at home to Everton on Sunday would secure their return to Europe’s top club competition for the first time since the 2016/17 season, but were second-best throughout as Ben White’s own goal and Bruno Guimaraes’ late strike saw the Magpies earn a deserved win.

Arsenal’s defeat came on the back of their 30 loss at north London rivals Tottenham, who will guarantee a place in the top four at the Gunners’ expense if they avoid defeat at Norwich on the final day of the Premier League season.

Arteta’s side had a four-point lead over Spurs with just three matches to play, but now face missing out on the top four for a sixth successive season, and the manager said he was “extremely disappointed” after witnessing a performance he admitted was “nowhere near the level if we want to play Champions League football”.

“It was a really difficult night to swallow,” Arteta told Sky Sports. “Newcastle deserved to win the match comfortably, they were much better than us from the beginning to the last minute. We had nothing in the game.

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