Newcastle v Arsenal: match preview
Another away game in front of a packed and passionate crowd is not, it is safe to say, what Mikel Arteta wanted four days after the wounding defeat at Tottenham and with Champions League qualification on the line. But that is all the time the Arsenal manager has to sort out a team that barely got going on Thursday night before they were undone by defensive blunders and Spurs’ predatory strikers. The Gunners’ backline will be threadbare on Monday, with an injured Gabriel joining the suspended Rob Holding as the newest absentees. Arteta might wish he had held on to more of his fringe defenders for a season that was always going to have a fraught ending. Chris Wood and Allan Saint-Maximin may be looking forward to this one as Newcastle aim to continue their upward trajectory. Conrad Leach
Arsenal endured a horrible night in Thursday's north London derby but they cannot afford to dwell on what went wrong for them against Spurs.
It's typical Arsenal, really, because they always seem to get themselves in a good position but whenever something goes against them, they just seem to collapse. At times this season it has looked like they have become stronger
mentally - but they haven't.
They are under pressure now, too. Arsenal will have to win at St James' Park or fourth place will be out of their hands on the final day of the season.
We know Tottenham have a record of messing up too, but they play bottom side Norwich on the final day and Arsenal obviously do not want to be relying on the Canaries to do them a favour.
That might be the scenario the Gunners are facing, though.
We all know how much Newcastle have improved in the past few months, and they have been very strong at St James' Park. Beating them there is a very big ask.