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Arsenal Surrender Champions League Spot with Defeat at Newcastle
Arsenal Surrender Champions League Spot with Defeat at Newcastle

London, 17 May (ONA) --- Newcastle defeated Arsenal 2-0 last night at St. James' Park, leaving the Gunners' Champions League hopes in serious jeopardy with just one English Premier League (EPL) game remaining.

Arsenal went into the encounter knowing that only a win would realistically serve their objective, being two points behind rivals Spurs who occupied the fourth and final Champions League spot.

Newcastle, meanwhile, had little to play for having long ensured their Premier League survival but despite the contrasting stakes for each side, it was the hosts who looked by far the more determined.

Eddie Howe's side dominated throughout, and the only surprise was that it took until the 55th minute. Joelinton's cross towards Callum Wilson was diverted into his own net by Ben White.

The goal failed to spark an Arsenal reaction. On the contrary, it looked a matter of how many Newcastle would go onto score.

After spurning several clear chances, the game was eventually put to bed by Bruno Guimaraes who scored on the rebound after Aaron Ramsdale came out to block Wilson's effort.

Arsenal are now two points behind Spurs with the former hosting Everton and the latter travelling to already-relegated Norwich.

So Arsenal can only now qualify for the Champions League if Tottenham lose to Norwich and they get all three points against Everton, the Spanish MARCA newspaper reported.

--- Ends/Khalid