Arsenal travel to Newcastle on Monday night, knowing they need a win to keep themselves in pole position for fourth place.
The Gunners are one point clear of Tottenham in the race for the Champions League but could find themselves two behind their rivals by this game.
Meanwhile, the Toon will be looking to end the season in good form and possibly break into the top ten.
Eddie Howe’s side are mathematically safe from relegation, which is some achievement considering they didn’t win any of their first 14 games.
They have also been in fine form at home, winning six of their last seven, so this will be a tough night for the Gunners.
However, they should be able to take comfort from their ridiculous record against the Magpies.
Newcastle have won just three of the last 43 meetings between the sides and the Gunners have won the last eight.
Newcastle v Arsenal: Date and start time
This Premier League clash take place on Monday, May 16.
The match at St James’ Park will kick off at 8pm.
Newcastle v Arsenal: TV channel and live stream
This tie will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with coverage starting at 7pm.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.
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Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the afternoon while talkSPORT.com will be running a live blog for all the action.
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Newcastle v Arsenal: Team news
The hosts will be without Joe Willock and Jonjo Shelvey for their remaining two fixtures.
Shelvey has a calf injury and Willock has a problem with his knee, but both will be back for pre-season training.
It also remains to be seen if Fabian Schar is fit enough to start after he was only on the bench against Manchester City.
But Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier are all in full first-team training, so could be involved on Monday.
Meanwhile, Arsenal might have a crisis at the back. Rob Holding is suspended, and Gabriel Magalhaes suffered a hamstring issue against Spurs.
Ben White was left as an unused substitute, which suggests he could miss out on Monday as well.
The visitors will also be without Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney, so Arteta has some serious problems.
Newcastle v Arsenal: What has been said?
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe: “We’re really keen to end the season with two very good performances.
“It’s so important we perform in our last home game and leave a good feeling with our supporters for the summer, and whet their appetite for what’s going to come next year.”
Newcastle v Arsenal: Match stats
- Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has been involved in a goal in all three of his Premier League appearances against Newcastle (2 goals, 1 assist), though all three of these games have been at the Emirates Stadium.
- After a run of six consecutive home league wins, Newcastle lost last time out at St James’ Park 1-0 against Liverpool. Only once this season have they lost consecutive home league games (October), while five of their last eight home league defeats have been against London sides.
- Arsenal haven’t won any of their three Monday league games this season (D1 L2), losing each of the last two. They last lost both three in a row on Mondays, and three Monday games in the same league season, back in 1992-93 under George Graham.
- Newcastle have won just two of their last 20 Premier League games on a Monday (D3 L15), while only on Thursdays (27%) do they have a lower win rate than they do on Mondays in the competition (29%).
- Arsenal have lost their final away league game in just one of the last 11 seasons (W7 D3), going down 1-0 at Aston Villa in 2019-20.
- Newcastle have won their final home league game in six of the last eight seasons (L2), with the two exceptions being defeats against Liverpool in both 2018-19 and 2019-20.
- This is the sixth Premier League meeting between Newcastle and Arsenal on Mondays, with only Tottenham v West Ham (8) and Liverpool v Everton (7) being played on the day more. Arsenal are unbeaten in all five such games so far (W4 D1), conceding just one goal in these games (F10).
- Arsenal have won their last seven meetings with Newcastle in all competitions without conceding a single goal – the only top-flight side to beat another in more consecutive games without conceding is Liverpool against West Brom (9 between 2002 and 2010).
- Arsenal have won 17 of their last 18 Premier League games against Newcastle, with the exception being a 2-1 defeat at St James’ Park in April 2018.
- Newcastle have lost 33 Premier League games against Arsenal, more than they have against any side in the competition.
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