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Arsenal face a crucial clash against Newcastle on Monday as they look to cling onto fourth place on the Premier League table.

The Gunners endured a nightmare 3-0 defeat to rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday, and there is now just a solitary point separating the two teams fighting for fourth place.


Importantly, Arsenal still have the ability to control their own destiny, and they should be confident of claiming victory over 14th-placed Newcastle, who are coming off a 5-0 defeat against Man City.

Arsenal will then have one final game of the season against 16th-placed Everton, and these are now both must-win games to avoid potentially and dramatically dropping out of the top four.

Mikel Arteta and his team would have hoped to have already sealed a return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2016-17 season, but they should still be confident of powering past Newcastle.

Notably, 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.

In fact the Gunners have won their last seven meetings with Newcastle in all competitions without conceding a single goal.

Newcastle will cling on to some hope that home-ground advantage could give them a boost, with a run of six consecutive home league wins only coming to an end last time out at St James’ Park as Liverpool clinched a 1-0 victory.

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has been involved in a goal in all three of his Premier League appearances against Newcastle (two goals, one assist), and he will definitely be a player to keep a close eye on.

Arsenal are sweating over the fitness of Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes, but Bukayo Saka has at least returned from injury ahead of the final pair of fixtures in the calendar.

Considering what’s at stake, this should be a game where Arsenal rise to the occasion and claim a comfortable victory.

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