Bukayo Saka says he can’t believe how Arsenal performed against Newcastle as they put in a shockingly poor performance with their Champions League hopes on the line.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal (R) interacts with teammate Bukayo Saka as he is substituted off following an injury during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St. James Park on May 16, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – MAY 16: Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal (R) interacts with teammate Bukayo Saka as he is substituted off following an injury during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St. James Park on May 16, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

As Arsenal conspired to lose against Newcastle at St James Park on Monday night, blowing their chances of finishing in the Champions League spot without needing a miracle on the final matchday, the overriding feeling amongst fans was of disappointment.

Sure, at the start of the season, as we sat at the bottom of the table with no points and no goals from three games, we would never have dreamed that Arsenal would be going for fourth place, but having been so close, and to have it in our own hands, only to blow it over and over again, rubs salt into the wounds.

After the game, Bukayo Saka expressed the squad’s disappointment with themselves.

“Overall there is huge disappointment and frustration,” he said. “I just can’t believe how we performed today.

“We lost all our duels. We lost all the second balls. We didn’t play out well. Just overall disappointment in every aspect.

“I think it’s going to hurt a lot of us tonight,” Saka continued.

“You know, all of us, the fans – all of our families. 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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