Arsenal have long outplayed their chances for the trophy and only the most hard-core fans believes that the Gunners can win bronze this season. However, Arsenal are still in play for Champions League qualification, but are being tailed by Everton only one point behind them. A win against visitors Newcastle on Monday night will give them three vital points in their chase for elite European football next season.
Newcastle, on the other hand, have had a few ups during this season, but at the moment it is only going one way; down.
The Magpies have not won in five consecutive Premier League matches and can end outside the top ten when the season ends. A win against Arsenal seems unlikely as Newcastle have not won against the Gunners since 2010 where they took a 1-0 victory at Emirates Stadium.
KICK-OFF: Monday, 8pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Newcastle United 0 Arsenal 1 (Giroud), Premier League, December 2013
Newcastle United 0 Arsenal 1 (Koscielny), Premier League, May 2013
Arsenal 7 (Walcott 3, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Giroud 2) Newcastle United 3 (Ba 2, Marveaux), Premier League, December 2012
- Arsenal have won their last four Premier League meetings with Newcastle; their best run against them in the competition
- Newcastle have lost eight of their last 10 Premier League games at Arsenal (W1 D1); losing 7-3 there last season
- The Magpies remain in the top-half of the table despite losing nine of their last 12 Premier League matches
- The Gunners have won their last two Premier League games, after winning only two of the previous nine.
Arsenal to win: 1.25
Newcastle United to win: 12
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