Believe it or not, Arsenal can still mathematically qualify for the top four. Although it isn’t going to happen.
The Gunners are 15 points behind fourth-place Chelsea with five matches left to play this season, including one against the Blues, but Mikel Arteta’s attentions have long since turned to the Europa League and their semi-final with Villarreal.
Arteta’s side may have lost 2-1 to the Spanish outfit on Thursday, but the tie is still alive heading into next week’s second leg, making this clash with Newcastle something of a distraction if truth be told.
The Magpies won’t see it like that though, and with Steve Bruce’s side impressively pulling away from the bottom three in recent weeks, a win here would all but secure their Premier League status for next season.
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