Newcastle United vs Arsenal
St James’ Park
Arsenal did suffer a loss in the North London derby. However, they travelled to St James’ Park knowing winning their games in hand would seal them a UCL spot. Newcastle on the other hand were out of momentum as they were off the back of consecutive losses against the top two teams in the league.
Things, however, panned out very differently as the hosts sealed a 2-0 win. A Ben White own goal and the late winner from Guimarães did the job.
Following the result, Arsenal should hope Spurs lose on matchday 38, while them getting three points.
Goals: B White (55′) OG, B Guimarães (85’5th minute)
Newcastle: Dubravka (6), Krafth (6), Schar (6), Burn (6), Targett (6), Guimaraes (8), Longstaff (6), Joelinton (8), Almiron (7), Saint-Maximin (7), Wilson (8).
Subs: Lascelles (6), Murphy (6), Fraser (6), Gayle (6).
Arsenal: Ramsdale (5), Tomiyasu (5), White (5), Gabriel (5), Tavares (5), Elneny (6), Xhaka (6), Saka (7), Odegaard (6), Smith Rowe (5), Nketiah (6).
Subs: Cedric (6), Martinelli (6), Lacazette (6), Pepe (5).
Man of the match: Callum Wilson.
Newcastle United vs Arsenal: Managers’ reaction
Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta: “It was a really difficult night to swallow. 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.
“They were much better in every department. We were poor with the ball. A lot of things happened during the night, with the substitutions we had to make through injuries, but it’s not an excuse. Newcastle deserved to win the match.”
Newcastle United manager, Eddie Howe: “Big turnaround from that game [defeat at Arsenal in his first game in the dugout]. That was a really frustrating day. We left the stadium that day in a difficult moment. We knew we had a massive second half of the season. Luckily the players responded brilliantly to the challenge.
“This was the best performance since my arrival.
“The motivation was personal pride and performing in front of our supporters and leaving on a good note into the summer.”