What Arsenal must do to qualify for Champions League after a disappointing defeat at Newcastle


On a disappointing evening, the Gunners fell 2-0 to St James’ Park. Tottenham is now leading the race for the top 4.

Arsenal will have to get a surprise result from Norwich City if they want to finish in the top 4.

On Monday night, the Gunners lost 2-0 at St. James’ Park to lose the top four initiatives to Tottenham Hotspur. It was a very damaging night.

For the Magpies’ opening goal in 56 minutes, Ben White diverted a Callum Wilson attempt into his own net. Bruno Guimaraes added a second Wilson effort late on to double the lead.

Arsenal was not worthy of anything in the game. In fact, they are two points behind Spurs (who lost 3-0 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last Thursday) and ahead of the final weekend.

Spurs are currently fourth in the table with 68 points from 37 games while Arsenal have only 66.

Antonio Conte’s team travels to Carrow Road to face Norwich on Sunday. Arsenal is at home to Everton at Emirates Stadium.

Spurs’ goal difference is vastly better than their rivals (+24, compared to +9). This means that Conte’s team will only need to draw against their relegated opponents to qualify for the Champions League. They will be expected to do so.

Arsenal must defeat Everton to win and Norwich should shock Spurs.

Conte stated these words after Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Burnley: “It’s not easy to play against Burnley.

“We were tested because we needed to win three points. To put pressure on Arsenal, we had to accomplish our task and win.

“We know very well it is not easy to play against Newcastle, especially since the arrival of the new manager.

“They are enjoying a great spell, and it is difficult to win. Because I love football, I will be watching the game. I also want to suffer.