Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has said they could still qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2017 despite the 2-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Monday night.
Two second-half goals from Ben White (own goal) and Bruno Guimaraes saw the Magpies dim Arsenal’s champions league hopes in a Monday night fixture at St James Park.
As it stands, the Gunners sit fifth on the log two points behind their North London rivals Tottenham with just one game to spare.
To make matters worse, Tottenham will play against already relegated Norwich while Arsenal host Everton on the final day.
However, Arteta is hoping they will beat Everton in their final league fixture and Norwich shock Spurs, for them to still make it into Europe’s top club competition.
“Before this game, it was in our hands, but it is no longer in our hands. We have to beat Everton and hope Norwich beat Tottenham. There’s always a chance in football and you will always have a chance,” Arteta said after the game.
Admittedly it looks bleak that Arsenal will finish in the top four this season but the gunners can still qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League only if Spurs lose to Norwich, or Arsenal beat Everton 13-0 and hope that Spurs are held draw against the canaries.
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