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Newcastle will host Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday, May 16.
The Gunners are currently 4th in the league table, while the Magpies are 14th with 43 points.
Mikel Arteta’s side are fighting to stay in top four following their defeat to Tottenham on Thursday, after which the Gunners are just pne point ahead of 5th placed Spurs.
Ahead of the game, BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson has stated his prediction.
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. If Spurs beat Burnley on Sunday, and I think they will, then 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.
Lawrenson’s prediction: 1-1