Arsenal are one game away from missing out on the Champions League for the fifth straight year.

Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four were dealt a huge blow as they were well beaten by Newcastle at St James’ Park.

Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League are now out of their hands after they deserved 2-0 defeat to an inspired Newcastle at St James’ Park.

The Gunners went into the game knowing a win – combined with another three points at home to Everton on the Premier League’s final day on Sunday – would have guaranteed their return to the competition for the first time since the 2016/17 season.

But Mikel Arteta’s side were second best throughout at Newcastle, who moved up to 12th position thanks to Ben White’s second-half own goal and Bruno Guimaraes’ late strike.

Arsenal will now need to beat Frank Lampard’s Toffees at the weekend and hope Tottenham lose at bottom side Norwich, given their north London rivals are two points better off and have a far superior goal difference.

Arsenal’s defeat also ensures Chelsea – who are four points clear of their London rivals – will finish in the top four for a sixth season in a row.

It has been a turnaround for the Gunners, who this time last week were firmly in control of fourth place thanks to a four-point lead over Spurs with just three matches left to play.

Standings — English Premier League