The conversation in the Arsenal Press room after the game was about Europe and qualifying for Continental competition - only Newcastle United weren't part of it.

On Friday afternoon, the football world was rocked by Manchester City's red card from the Champions League next season.

It means that fifth place will be enough to qualify for the UEFA's marquee tournament and that sides like Sheff United are in with a genuine shout of getting there.

Mikel Arteta had dismissed Arsenal's chances of the Champions League after their dire 0-0 draw at Burnley, but now everything seems possible again.

Arteta felt his side's win over Newcastle puts them in with an outside chance of qualifying.

Arsenal are only three points ahead of Newcastle and the reality is a draw or a win for the Magpies would have put them into that category of possibles for the Euro competitions.

OK, maybe the Champions League would have been too much of a shout this term but bearing in mind that sixth and seventh could bag a Europa League spot, with a bit of effort and thought, Newcastle should be at least pushing.

Instead, after throwing the towel in at the Emirates Stadium, Newcastle's season reverts back to fending off the threat of relegation.

Steve Bruce opens up about Joelinton concerns

There was a moment at the end of the first half when Joelinton froze just outside the final third.

After Allan Saint-Maximin jinked his way down the left and trickled a cross into the six-yard box there was nobody there to tap home.

It's a fair question to ask why a man who cost £40million and was handed the number 9 shirt at Newcastle decided against following in.

Bruce was asked why afterwards and said: "We’d all like him (Joelinton) to have 12 or 15. I was pleased with his performance again.

"He does a lot of unselfish work outside the box, but we have to now find a way of getting him into the box for the crosses that Allan put in.

"He’s played a lot of his career to a side and not played as an out-and-out number nine.

"He’s 22 and there’s a lot he has to learn.

"But the way he played again today was good, although all strikers are obviously judged by scoring a goal."

Newcastle United's Brazilian striker Joelinton (L) vies with Arsenal's German defender Shkodran Mustafi during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 16, 2020.

Reinforcements needed for Steve Bruce - but no guarantees

Andy Carroll, Yoshinori Muto and Dwight Gayle were supposed to be back for the trip to Arsenal but none of them made it as far as the team sheet.

On a day when Newcastle needed somebody to hit in the middle, Carroll would have been ideal, they were left chasing the game.

Once again they did not make the most of their opportunities and the game passed them by.

When asked on those on the list who may return, Bruce said: "We hope might have a couple back.

"They’ve trained for four or five days, but with muscle injuries, we’ve erred on the side of caution a bit.

"We’ll see."