July 23, 2022
Newcastle United v Arsenal – Football Match Report – 16th May 2022

Arsenal’s Champions League hopes suffered another blow on Monday as a 2-0 loss to Newcastle United left them trailing Tottenham Hotspur by two points with just one game left in the Premier League season.

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Arsenal’s loss to Tottenham last Thursday, combined with a Spurs win over Burnley on Sunday, left Mikel Arteta’s side trailing their north London rivals in the table and desperate for three points at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle started well, roared by their fans in their final home game of the season. They nearly scored in the 37th minute through Allan Saint-Maximin, who cut from the wing at the edge of the box but saw his low shot denied by goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

The teams traded half chances throughout a scoreless opening 45 minutes which saw Newcastle dominate possession and Arsenal register more shots on goal.

Newcastle found their opener shortly after the restart with Arsenal defender Ben White redirecting the ball into his own net from Joelinton’s cross with Callum Wilson applying pressure to a quick counterattack from the hosts.

Arsenal went in search of goals – with even a draw doing them little favor in the race to the top four – leaving them exposed at the back and conceding a deserved second to Newcastle when Bruno Guimaraes pounced on a ball lost in the area and shot into an open net.

Arsenal, stuck in fifth place on 66 points, will need a win over Everton at the Emirates on Sunday and a loss to Norwich City relegated by fourth-placed Tottenham to get back into the UCL places.

Arteta conceded after the match that his side were deservedly beaten.

“Newcastle deserved to win the game and were way better than us. We had nothing in the game. They were way better in every department and we were poor on the ball,” he told Sky Sports. “A lot of things happened during the game, like injury substitutions, but that’s no excuse because they were much better than us.

“It’s true that we couldn’t cope with the game we had to play here. We tried to change some things but it didn’t improve it. We had times when we looked better but then the execution was so bad and the goals we gave up were extremely poor.”

The win, Newcastle’s first in the league against Arsenal since April 2018, means Eddie Howe’s side move up to 12th in the table after being in the bottom three at Christmas.

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