Arsenal (h) Premier League
Half time: Magpies 0 Gunners 0
A foul throw gave
United possession and once Saint-Maximin sent Joelinton down the left his
dangerous cross was turned into the Gallowgate net by White under pressure
85 mins Sean Longstaff's dinked pass into the box saw Ramsdale come off his line and smother the ball as Wilson closed in, but Bruno was on hand to fire past Cedric Soares on the goal line to seal the victory. 2-0
Full time: Magpies 2 Gunners 0
Eddie Howe said:
"(It's a) big turnaround from that game (the 0-2
loss at the Emirates in late November when Howe was first able to
occupy the dugout post-COVID).
'We were very aggressive, good physically. It's not an easy game, Arsenal are top quality. Credit to the players.
"We knew this was something we hadn't achieved - getting something against the top six. In the future we'll have to compete against these teams. We have to have confidence we can win anywhere. This will help us today.
"A whole host of things have helped us turn the results around - unity, team spirit and January definitely helped with quality players coming in. The mentality of the group, they were determined not to get relegated.
'The hardest thing for me this summer is to keep that (collective spirit) intact while changing the dynamic of the group.
'There's a massive connection between us and the fans. The minimum we can give them is 100% effort every time we play. That's what they want to see. I think we've delivered that in the main.'
"It was a brilliant all-round performance. We played with intensity and never let up. We approached the game in a brilliant manner and we did the Premier League proud tonight.....we deservedly beat them.
"We wanted to press Arsenal and not let them settle into a rhythm but also for the first time in recent performances we saw a team that could have the ball comfortably and be creative.
"Arsenal competed well and fought well but they left spaces for us and we exploited them.
"Callum Wilson worked incredibly hard to get back to full fitness. He deserves all the accolades tonight.
"It's been a brilliant thing to be part of. We've done it through team spirit and unity. We'll remain very calm in this moment because it's a brilliant win but that's all it is.
"We have to work to improve in the summer. We're a massive club with big ambitions but my job is to focus on how we do it rather than talk.
"(It was a)
brilliant way for us to sign off here: very, very pleased with the
performance. I think itís our best performance, by some distance,
since Iíve been at the club.
"I think that paved the way for
us to build some confidence and some unity and spirit to go on the
brilliant run that weíve been on. The support tonight was absolutely
Mikel Arteta spoke to Sky Sports:
"Newcastle deserved to win the match and were much
better than us. We had nothing in the game. They were much better in every
department and we were poor with the ball.
"It's true that we could not cope with the game that we had to play here. We tried to change some things but it didn't make it better. We had moments where we looked better but then the execution was so poor and the goals we gave away were extremely poor.
"It's extremely disappointing that Newcastle were 10 times better than us and the performance was nowhere near the level we need to be at if we want to play in the Champions League.
"I am incredibly disappointed. It's a very painful one.
It was in our hands and today it's not in our hands. We have to beat Everton
and wait for Norwich to beat Spurs. There's always a tiny chance in
"We have to cope with those nights and we didn't cope with those nights.
"We haven't been able to deal with situations throughout the season. The squad suffered a lot with injuries but that can't be an excuse.
"Newcastle were 100 times better than us, the way we competed today (was disappointing). In every department you have to earn the right to play and we didn't do it.
"We have to put our head down and accept the
performance was nowhere near the standard required for the Champions League.
From tomorrow we'll prepare for Everton. It's still mathematically
"It doesnít matter the age - if someone isnít ready for this pressure like today, stay at home and watch the game from home. You canít come here and perform like this. We canít accept it. We looked today very, very bad."
destroyed Arsenal's Champions League dreams with a fantastic
two-goal victory at St. James' Park on Monday evening, bringing
fixtures to the most memorable of conclusions.
home players still had to respond and they did that from the first
captain Wilson leading the way, ably assisted by his colleagues who
showed great heart, skill and endeavour to eclipse the meek
anything but logical, but a momentous climax to a home campaign seemingly
destined to be a debacle, only to evolve into our best run of form here in a
decade really is worth celebrating - capped by a genuine scalp to end what
was a run of nine losses to teams currently in the top five.