Arsenal crashed to a fifth consecutive away defeat in the Premier League as Matt Ritchie fired Newcastle to a 2-1 win at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger’s side took an early lead through Alexandre Lacazette, but Ayoze Perez equalised before Ritchie bagged the second half winner.Newcastle’s fourth successive win ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run of seven games in all competitions.
The sixth-placed Gunners are 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with only five games remaining in the race to qualify for the Champions League.
Realistically, Arsenal already had no chance of making the top four and Wenger had been prioritising their Europa League campaign for several weeks.
Arsenal saw off CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday.
They face Atletico Madrid in the last four and will qualify for the Champions League if they win the competition.
With little to play for in the league, Arsenal were unable to find enough momentum to maintain their recent revival, even though Lacazette opened the scoring in the 14th minute.
Just moments after he was left writhing on the turf following a crunching challenge from Kenedy, Lacazette exacted…