Arsenal news: Mikel Arteta says he is 'responsible' for results this season

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he does not have to tell his players what is at stake as they attempt to somehow finish inside the top four.

The Gunners take on Everton on Sunday knowing they must win and hope that Tottenham taste defeat to qualify for the Champions League next season.

On Monday, Arsenal lost 2-0 to Newcastle and are now two points behind their north London rivals while Spurs also have a superior goal difference.

A defiant Arteta said: "We will still have five days to prepare for that match. We know what we have to do.

"There's not a lot of words that are needed after the performance."

Arsenal were undone by a spirited Newcastle side backed by a vociferous home crowd celebrating a recovery which has ensured the sides will meet again in the top flight next season. That was far from certain when head coach Eddie Howe took the reins in November last year.

Newcastle United Manager Eddie Howe celebrates their 0-3 win with players

The depleted visitors, who arrived in the north-east still smarting from Thursday's 3-0 derby defeat at Spurs, were out-played from the off and never looked like emerging with a victory which would have taken them back above Antonio Conte's men heading into the final round of fixtures.

Ben White's 55th-minute own goal - he stood in for the suspended Rob Holding on his return from a hamstring injury - and a second from Bruno Guimaraes five minutes from time did the damage, but the Magpies could have won even more comfortably.

However, asked if he had been let down by his players, Arteta said: "No, I am the maximum responsible [person] all the time.

"If somebody has created an expectation this year that no-one in this room probably would talk about at the start of this season, it's those players that are there."

England international Bukayo Saka was at a loss to explain the performance, but equally refused to accept the seemingly inevitable while Champions League qualification remains a mathematical possibility.

Mikel Arteta instructs Bukayo Saka from the sidelines

He told the club's official website: "Overall there is huge disappointment and frustration. I just can't believe how we performed.

"We lost all our duels, we lost all the second balls, we didn't play out well, just overall disappointment in every aspect.

"But come Sunday against Everton at the Emirates, we're going to be there to win, and hopefully things go our way. That's all you can do from now.

"Technically it's not over, we can still do it, but we've missed out on two big opportunities to put ourselves in a good position, so it's just a shame."

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