Arsenal take on 9th placed Newcastle United tonight at the Emirates stadium.
The match regarded by many as the battle for the top four spot, with contender – Everton hoping the gunners would slip up tonight to keep their Champions League dream alive.
With 360 minutes left of football in Arsenal’s season. You can make a convincing case that the 90 against Newcastle tonight will most certainly be a Champions League spot decider.
Everton had the opportunity of topping Arsenal over the weekend had they not lost 2-0 to the Saints, but now they remain at the 5th spot on the log one point shy of Arsenal who remain in 4th position. However the gunner have an advantage to extend the one point lead to a massive four point if they secure victory against Newcastle United tonight at the Emirates.
4th spot is hardly anything to get too excited about I know but it has it’s rewards. This result however, wont come cheap as it is expected that the visitors would put up a fight against the gunners with the Toffees’ greatly hoping the Magpies would do them a favour.
KICK-OFF: Monday, 20:00
Head to Head
Alan Pardew’s men have lost 5 of their last 6 Premier League game. Having won their last game in March 22 against Crystal Palace.
Arsenal on the other hand have lost 2 out of their last 6 Premier League game. With 2 draws’ and 2 wins. With the latest coming from from a 3-0 thrashing of Hull City away at The KC Stadium.
Outcome of last five meetings:
The two side have met ten times with Arsenal picking up 7 wins and 2 draws while loosing just once.
The last time these two met at the Emirates stadium in 2012, the scoreline was a massive one; Arsenal 7 – 3 Newcastle. with Theo Walcott picking up a hat-trick in the encounter, Oliveir Giroud scoring a brace and Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also picking up a goal each.
Arsenal remain unbeaten in six games against the Magpies.
If Newcastle are to win tonight, that would be their first victory in 6 games.
If Arsenal win tonight they would be on the back of 3 straight premier league wins.
Newcastle are without striker Papiss Cisse, who suffered a broken kneecap to end his season during last weekend’s 2-1 home defeat against Swansea City. Fellow forward Luuk de Jong faces a late fitness test due to an ankle problem sustained during the same match, while Moussa Sissoko (hamstring) could return. Newcastle have Ben Arfa missing despite being declared fit. Also returning is Alan Pardew who has been missing after his head-butting ban.
Captain Thomas Vermaelen is fit again, whether he comes in at left back remains to be seen though as Nacho Monreal is fit and healthy, although Kieren Gibbs remains on the sidelines. Diaby was involved in training yesterday but he misses out having suffered a minor hamstring injury.
Arsenal: Gibbs (groin/hamstring), Gnabry (knee), Wilshere (foot), Diaby (doubt – Hamstring), Walcott (knee)
Alan Pardew’s side are 14 points from the relegation zone facing tough games against Cardiff and Liverpool after tonights game.
Arsenal will go into the match at the Emirates stadium on the back of a decent record against the Magpies with Arsenal yet unbeaten in six games against the Magpies.
We are at home, we’ll have the Emirates faithful right behind the team so all we need to see is a solid professional display and three points in the bag.