Newcastle vs Arsenal LIVE: Team news, goal updates and latest from St James’

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.

Stay with us for all the latest from St James’ Park.

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