Mikel Arteta: Our performance was nowhere near Champions League level

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitted his team’s humiliating performance against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Monday was nowhere near the level of the Champions League.

Arsenal needed to reclaim all three points from St James’ Park after Tottenham Hotspur beat Burnley to ensure that fourth place remained in their hands on the final day.

However, Arsenal’s Magpies press dominated and fell 2-0.

“Newcastle deserved to win the game and was much better than us. We had nothing in the game. They were much better in every division and we were poor with the ball”, Arteta He told Sky Sports News.

“A lot of things happened during the match, like being substituted for injuries, but that’s no excuse because they were so much better than us.

“It’s true we couldn’t handle the game we had to play here. We tried to change some things but it wasn’t better. We had moments where we looked better but then the execution was very poor and the goals we were very poor.

“It is very disappointing that Newcastle were 10 times better than us and the performance was not close to the level we need to be if we want to play in the Champions League.

“I’m incredibly frustrated. It hurts so much. It was in our hands and today it’s not in our hands. We have to beat Everton and wait for Norwich to beat Tottenham. There is always a small chance in football.”

in order to Arsenal To qualify for the Champions League on the final day, they must hope that last-placed Norwich City beat Tottenham Hotspur as they try to beat Everton in the Emirates.