Mikel Arteta was left hugely disappointed as his young squad produced a terrible performance at Newcastle on a night when only a win would do in the race to finish fourth.

After the 2-0 defeat, the Spaniard was interviewed by Sky Sports. Here’s what he had to say…

On a tough night…

It’s a really difficult night to swallow. Newcastle deserved to win the match comfortably, they were much better than us from the beginning to the last minute. We had nothing in the game.

On how he explains the performance…

They were much better in every department, better in the duels, the second balls, every time they kicked the ball up, they could manage to do so. We were poor with the ball, we didn’t defend restarts of play or set pieces the way we have to do. We had nothing in the game.

On why they were poor…

A lot of things happen during the night, the substitutions we had to make through injuries, everything. It’s no excuse, Newcastle deserves to win the match from the beginning because they were much better than us in everything that a football requires to be on top of that.

On his side lacking experience…

That’s what we have to think about. It’s true that we could not cope with the game that we had to play here.

On whether he was worried from the kick off…

Yeah, yeah, yeah and we tried to change something and it didn’t make it better. We had some moments where we looked a bit better, the start of the second half was a tiny bit better, we understood better what we had to do but the execution was so poor. The goals that we gave away were extremely poor and they deserved to win the match.

On Arsenal conceding the opener after making a foul throw…

We know that’s where is starts.

On what he’s said to his players…

What I’m saying here, that it’s extremely disappointing that Newcastle were 10 times better than us and fully deserved the match. The performance was nowhere near the level we had to play if you want to play in the Champions League.

On being shocked by the performance…

I am incredibly disappointed. I don’t know if the word is stunned. When you see the team that we have at the moment, there is a lot of question marks in a lot of positions because, the injuries and the suspension that we have. Again, it’s not an excuse, we weren’t at the races.

On how many players were not 100 per cent fit…

It’s not about 100 per cent. When you jump on the pitch you can’t use anything else as an excuse, they are the players that we had, we’ve been playing like that the last few weeks and trying to get through that. Players want to be on the pitch, which is a credit to the players, but today, we weren’t good enough.

On it being the worst performance of the season…

I don’t know. But it’s a very painful one.

On surrendering a six-point lead over Spurs…

A lot has happened to the squad with the amount of injuries we’ve picked up and the changes we’ve had to make but still, it was in our hands. Today, it’s not in our hands. We have to beat Everton and we have to wait for Norwich to beat Sp*rs. There’s always a chance in football and you have to be there just in case that chance appears.