Arsenal v Newcastle as it happened

Reaction as Arsenal tighten their grip on fourth place in the Premier League with a routine victory against Newcastle.

28 April 2014 Last updated at 17:47 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 22:35: 

    A night of elation for Arsenal fans and one of frustration for their Newcastle counterparts. Surely Arsenal have fourth wrapped up but this has been a season characterised by twists and turns, could there be yet more surprises in store in the race for fourth?

    Everton and Arsenal are back in Premier League action this weekend, but before then there is the little matter of the Champions League semi-finals, with Bayern Munich taking on Real Madrid on Tuesday.

    Join us for more live text commentary then. Goodbye for now.

  2. 22:30:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal 3-0 Newcastle

    Arsenal fans, fancy listening to the three goals as they were scored again? Head to the BBC Radio 5 live website for an audio clip of the goals that may well have secured the Gunners Champions League football next season.

  3. 22:27: 
    Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle

    Alan Pardew is looking long term but the frustration of the fans continue to increase. Can you see any hope of him turning it around, Newcastle fans?

  4. 22:26: 
    Manager reaction- Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle

    More from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was tough for us tonight. We dug in, worked hard and tried to offer a threat but they were too good. We looked like we were in a good zone, coping well with a lot of movement from Arsenal, but it was a bad time to concede the first goal.

    "We need to focus on finishing in the top 10 and to do that we need to win on Saturday. We'll be really up for it and hopefully we'll get a win. We're going to work hard in the summer to make sure we have a team that can make this city proud.

    "I'm looking at the job as a long-term opportunity for myself. That's how you have to focus."

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    Conor Mosedale: As a Liverpool fan, I am sure that Newcastle will step up to play us. No logical reason but that's just how it seems to work out for us.

  6. 22:22: 
    Manager reaction- Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle
    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "We had some problems at the start of the game, trying to find our way through the defence. When we found an opening we became stronger.

    "I would not like to take anything away from Aaron Ramsey but we lost a number of other players in the same period and altogether I think that would harm the chances of many teams.

    "We would love for the season to be longer. We were top of the league but lost too many players at the crucial point of the season. We are four points ahead of Everton and we want to take maximum points from now until the end of the season."

  7. 22:19: 
    Manager reaction- Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle
    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, speaking about the frustration of the fans: "It is not comfortable. When you have gone six games and have not won the pressure builds in the Premier League and you have to be counted.

    "In the second half we showed real character because it would have been easy to fold in the circumstances we were in."

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    Ian McCormack: People keep saying Newcastle have already hit the beach. Quicksand more like.

    Aloufika: 46 points. You [Newcastle] are safe, why cry?

    Rob Vincent: Think I'd rather be a fan of a club involved in a relegation scrap than a Newcastle fan at the moment. No pride, no passion, no clue.

  9. 22:07: 
    Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle
    Loic Remy

    The return of Loic Remy failed to rectify Newcastle's scoring woes. The striker barely registered his presence in the game and Alan Pardew's side have now failed to score in 13 of their previous 18 games.

  10. 22:03: 
    Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle

    Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a good win. It was important for us to get this result and the goals for our goal difference was important too. The first goal was really important. We needed to break them down and it opened the game up.

    "Mesut Ozil is very important for the team and we have missed him while he has been injured. We have a massive chance to secure fourth and we will try to take it."

  11. 22:00: 
    Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle
    Table

    For Newcastle fans, it was another frustrating performance and result. They remain ninth but, based on recent displays, they may well struggle to hold on to a top-10 finish this season.

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    Mark, via text: Desperate times for Newcastle, season can't end soon enough for us.

    Peter, via text: Arsenal seven points above Spurs. First objective achieved.

    Gavin, via text: Good news for Liverpool as based on this Newcastle performance they will fancy making up the eight-goal difference between them and City.

  13. 21:55: 
    Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle
    Table

    A routine victory for Arsenal in the end against a Newcastle side that offered little throughout. It is a big three points for the Gunners as they move four points clear of Everton. Surely it is Champions League football for Arsenal again next season then?

  14. 21:52:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Sport

    "Newcastle were in damage limitation mode and they never really came out of that. Apart from Yoan Gouffran's one-on-one they never got anywhere near Arsenal. I've been quite taken by the reaction of the fans here, there is a really good feel good factor at Arsenal."

    Listen to reaction from the game on BBC Radio 5 live.

  15. 21:51: 
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle
  16. 21:48: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle

    A final change for Newcastle as 17-year-old forward Adam Armstrong comes on for Yoan Gouffran. Three minutes of time added on, three more minutes of misery for the away fans to endure.

  17. 21:47: 
    Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle

    Again Arsenal come forward as Tim Krul sticks out a boot to deny Nacho Monreal's effort from a tight angle after the Arsenal full-back had raced on to a ball over the defence by Mikel Arteta.

  18. 21:45: 
    Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle

    Some half-hearted calls for a penalty from Arsenal fans as Tomas Rosicky goes down inside the area under a challenge after exchanging passes with Lukas Podolski, but referee Neil Swarbrick waves play on.

  19. 21:41: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle

    Final change for Arsenal as Olivier Giroud goes off to a rousing reception from the Arsenal supporters, Yaya Sanogo comes on. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew also makes a change as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa replaces Mathieu Debuchy.

  20. 21:37: 
    Last 10- Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle

    Into the closing stages of this game and the full-time whistle probably cannot come quick enough for Newcastle as Arsenal remain in control. The travelling Newcastle fans have taken to entertaining themselves now by ironically cheering each Arsenal corner and throw-in.

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    Holly, via text: So glad Giroud has got a goal. He gets so much unfair stick, hopefully this will get the haters off his back. Come on Arsenal!

    Mike, via text: As a Liverpool fan, Newcastle at home on the final day looks like three points. Just hoping we're still in the title race at that point.

    David, via text: Arsenal should be really tightening the screw on this lacklustre Newcastle and ensuring a significantly better goal difference than Everton.

  22. 21:36: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle

    Bacary Sagna concedes a free-kick and is subsequently booked for kicking the ball away needlessly. It is a promising position for Newcastle, five yards or so outside the area on the left, but Loic Remy curls the free kick-wide. Alan Pardew looks on, stern faced.

  23. 21:32: 
    SUBSTITUTIONS- Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle

    Arsene Wenger fancies a little tinker too, sending on Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini for Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil. Encouraging signs from the German tonight if you're an Arsenal fan.

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    Niall Allen: This is a poor match. Come on Giroud, more fantasy football points for me.

    Sam Foskett: Drafting Koscielny into my dream team at the last minute = master stroke.

  25. 21:29: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew makes his first change of the game as Shola Ameobi comes on for Dan Gosling. A thankless task for Ameobi, who will need to produce something special to have much influence on the outcome of this game.

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    Steve Claridge, BBC Sport

    "A great finish to round off a great move. Lovely interplay between Ozil and Ramsey, a good run and a wonderful header.

    "Ozil looks like he's really enjoying himself now in this central role. He has to have an effect on the ball and that is what he is doing tonight."

    Olivier Giroud heads in
  27. 21:23: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle - Olivier Giroud (66 mins)

    Moments after Mike Williamson attempts a ridiculous Cruyff turn, Arsenal put the game beyond Newcastle with a comfortable third goal. Aaron Ramsey feeds a pass to Mesut Ozil on the left and he delivers a cross that is far too inviting for Olivier Giroud, who races in to power a header home from close range.

    Olivier Giroud
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    Richard McElvanney: Looks like Newcastle have parked the bus and forgot to leave the handbrake on.

    Jay Lagan: "Can they (Newcastle) stage a fightback and rescue something from this?" Can they hell! And I'm a Newcastle fan!

    Daniel Evans: Newcastle playing like a team with nothing to play for and it's a shame.

  29. 21:18: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle are sitting surprisingly deep considering they are two-goals down - their average positions have barely changed from the first half (see 20:14)

    Newcastle average positions

    However, when they do get forward they look capable of causing trouble as Loic Remy flicks a clever ball to send Yoan Gouffran away and he races into the box but shoots straight at Wojciech Szczesny.

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    Steve Claridge, BBC SportArsenal 2-0 Newcastle

    "Newcastle are playing exactly the same way as they did in the first half. They are just sitting and allowing Arsenal to come onto them. Alan Pardew has to change something."

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  31. 21:15: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle

    Another corner and another chance for Arsenal as this time the ball is headed on by Bacary Sagna at the near post for Laurent Koscielny, who is unmarked, but he volleys wide.

  32. 21:12: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle are certainly struggling to deal with Arsenal set pieces as a Mesut Ozil corner is headed only as far as Santi Cazorla, who is all alone just inside the area, but he smacks a volley well over.

  33. 21:07: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle

    Arsenal are straight on the attack as they win a quick corner but this time Santi Cazorla cannot get it past the first man and into the danger zone and Newcastle clear.

  34. 21:03: 
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle get us back under way at the Emirates. Can they stage a fightback and rescue something from this?

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    Chris, via text: I would sure hope Ramsey is taken off at half-time, we can't afford to lose him for the last few games. Bring on Flamini and put this game to bed!

    Henry, via text: As an Arsenal fan, can I just go on record as saying I love Giroud and thoroughly appreciate his work rate and everything he does for the team! Vital cog in the machine.

    Phil, via text: Lord knows where Arsenal would be if it wasn't for a horrible March!

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    Felix Culmer: Has no-one realised that the second Arsenal goal was offside? Ozil was behind the goalkeeper and in front of a defender.

    Bea Watkinson: Not sure how Ozil can be considered offside there. There is clearly a Newcastle player sitting on the floor playing him on.

    Rhys Dunn: Arsenal deserve to be ahead but neither goal should have counted.

  37. 20:59: 
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  38. 20:56: 
    Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle
    HT graphic

    Alan Pardew is going to have to look within himself to deliver one heck of a half-time team talk after a pretty poor showing from Newcastle in the first half.

    Arsenal did not manage a shot on target until the 17th minute but Laurent Koscielny's 26th-minute opener brought them to life and they finished the half with 12 shots on target and 62% possession.

    Newcastle have it all to do if they are to avoid losing six top-flight games in a row for the first time since January 1987.

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    Steve Claridge, BBC Sport

    "The crowd were starting to get irritable but the goal changed the atmosphere and now everything is ok. It will be interesting to see what Newcastle do now. Plan A hasn't worked and now they have to attack."

  40. 20:50: 
    Tube strike

    I am sure this had already been factored into people's travel plans but for those who are at the Emirates tonight it is worth remembering that the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has announced a 48-hour strike involving its members working for London Underground.

    Supporters have been advised to expect significant disruption, with strike action set to commence from around 21:00 BST and continue throughout the whole of Tuesday and Wednesday.

    If it does go ahead, I wonder how many Newcastle fans will look to scarper at this half time interval?

  41. 20:48: 
    HALF-TIME- Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle
  42. 20:45: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle's nullifying tactics worked well for the first 25 minutes or so but Arsenal are well on top now and the visitors have Tim Krul to thank for keeping the Gunners at bay as Santi Cazorla breaks through the defence and cracks an effort towards the top corner but Krul pulls off a superb diving save.

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    Faseeh Warind: Two plum chances. Two. Giroud still couldn't get past Krul. Power isn't everything. It's placement. When will he learn?

    Tony Brown: Great play by Giroud to play it off Krul twice for the assist.

    Charlie Fee: At long last I think it's time for Pards to be let go, this isn't good enough.

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    Steve Claridge, BBC Sport

    "Giroud has worked so hard, but when he gets those big chances he misses more than he scores. He had two goes at it, but ultimately it was a simple finish for Ozil."

  45. 20:39: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle - Mesut Ozil (42 mins)

    Arsenal are turning the screw as half-time approaches and they are rewarded with a crucial second just before the break. Olivier Giroud's arcing run allows him to beat the offside trap to a long ball over the top and he powers down on goal. Tim Krul saves his first two efforts but the rebound from the second falls kindly for Mesut Ozil, who sweeps in.

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    Vic Baldry: Tiote loves a thundershot from distance, almost brought back memories of the 4-4 result a few seasons back.

  47. 20:37: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle

    A flurry of chances and a flurry of yellow cards. After Laurent Koscielny was booked for his celebration, Aaron Ramsey receives a yellow card for a foul on Cheick Tiote.

  48. 20:35: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle

    The tempo of this game has been cranked up a notch or two and now it is Newcastle who have a chance on goal as Cheick Tiote lets fly from 30 yards and Wojciech Szczesny has to be alert to bat the ball away.

  49. 20:32: 
    Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle

    Arsenal have burst into life after that goal, with Lukas Podolski twice going close. He first forces Tim Krul into a save with his legs with a low shot from Aaron Ramsey's ball, before powering a header straight at the Newcastle goalkeeper.

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    Faseeh Warind: Koscielny, Arsenal's very own John Terry. Always scoring when needed the most.

    Kerry Peter Parvin: Koscielny loves scoring against Newcastle doesn't he?!

    Alistair Wiseman: Koscielny scores, celebrates, and gets himself booked. Now he can't make a tackle for over an hour.

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    Steve Claridge, BBC SportArsenal 1-0 Newcastle

    "Arsenal have lacked penetration but what they haven't lacked is quality on the ball. It's a brilliant ball in from Cazorla and Koscielny does brilliantly well to follow the ball and meet it on the bounce."

    Giroud and Koscielny celebrate
  52. 20:25: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle - Laurent Koscielny (26 mins)

    There has been very little threat from either side in open play so it is of little surprise that the opener comes from a set piece. Santi Cazorla fires an inviting free-kick into the area and Laurent Koscielny pokes out a foot to steer the ball into the net. He is booked for his celebration.

    Laurent Koscielny scores
  53. 20:22: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

    Half a chance for Newcastle as Moussa Sissoko knocks the ball past a defender to allow him to run goalwards. He attempts to curl the ball into the far corner from outside the area but bends his body too far back and his shot sails comfortably over the bar.

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    Scott Baird: This game is like when you are beating your mate on Fifa and you just pass it around to annoy him.

    AMJ87: Think the once dubbed 'Pardiola' could do with a win. Pressure building up at the Toon. Another winless game won't help morale.

    Evan Pritchard: NUFC give the ball away far too easily. Find it hard to blame Pardew for that.

  55. 20:19: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

    A couple of glimpses of Aaron Ramsey exerting his influence now as he carves his way through the Newcastle midfield before seeing his low ball to Olivier Giroud cleared. The midfielder then sprays a delightful pass to send Bacary Sagna away on the right but his cross is put out for a corner, from which Mesut Ozil fires wide. Better from the hosts though.

  56. 20:17:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC SportArsenal 0-0 Newcastle

    "Newcastle have done OK so far. They are making sure they keep it nice and tight, matching up to Arsenal in all areas of the field. But Arsenal will look to keep working the ball around and creating space."

  57. 20:14: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

    Newcastle are quite content to let Arsenal have the ball on the halfway line at the moment - as shown by their average positions in the graphic below - but as soon as the likes of Mesut Ozil and Mikel Arteta try to drive forward the visitors are quick to swarm all over them. Effective, but it looks like this could be a frustrating evening ahead for the hosts.

    Opta graphic showing Newcastle on the defensive
  58. 20:11: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

    Lovely touch by Loic Remy to bring a high clearance by Tim Krul under control. He knocks the ball to Dan Gosling, who in turn finds Yoan Gouffran wide left, but his cross doesn't get past the first man and the opportunity for Newcastle is gone.

  59. 20:06: 
    Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

    Both sides are putting out the feelers in these early stages and the ball is spending most of the time in midfield with little of note happening in the final third at either end. Arsenal do win an early corner, which Santi Cazorla whips in but the whistle is blown for some pushing in the area.

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    Chris Dow: How is Bacary Sagna not in the Team of the Year? He's played all across the backline and been Arsenal's unsung hero.

    Sanj: Liverpool could do with Newcastle getting a result today. If Arsenal win, Everton have nothing to play for against Man City... Game and title over.

  61. 20:00: 
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal 0-0 Newcastle

    Mesut Ozil rolls the ball to Mikel Arteta and the game is under way.

  62. 19:59: 
    Arsenal v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

    Alan Pardew strolls out of the tunnel and applauds the travelling fans as he makes his way to the Newcastle dugout for the first time in eight games. He also stops briefly for a quick word with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and the two are all smiles. Kick off seconds away...

    Alan Pardew
  63. 19:57: 
    Ian Dennis, BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

    "The two longest-serving managers in the Premier League go head to head. Both Arsene Wenger and Alan Pardew have encountered intense scrutiny this season and both remain under the spotlight.

    "Wenger can still deliver the FA Cup and possibly Champions League football for Arsenal but Pardew, who was set a target by owner Mike Ashley of finishing in the top 10, could yet see his side overtaken by both Stoke City and Crystal Palace.

    "Last season, the Gunners won their final three matches to seal fourth, and a repeat of a similar strong finish will see them maintain their consistent run."

    Listen to commentary on the game on BBC Radio 5 live.

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    George Fisher: Even as a Liverpool fan, I have to admit that Arsenal's 2-0 at Anfield in '89 was the most amazing end to a top flight season… no one will ever forget the "Agueroooooo!!!" moment though against QPR.

    Richard Elgar: Best season finale? '98, after bookies paid out when Man U were 12 points clear in March, only to lose it to Arsenal!

    Ashlee Trimmer: This is definitely the most exciting climax to a season as there are battles going on everywhere!

  65. 19:55: 
    Arsenal v Newcastle (20:00 BST)
    Hatem Ben Arfa

    A notable absentee from the Newcastle side is Hatem Ben Arfa. The midfielder has been struggling with a thigh injury, but there has also been plenty of speculation on his future.

    Alan Pardew was giving little away about his situation, though, only telling Sky Sports: "We brought a team here to try and win the game and selected the team on merit."

  66. 19:50: 
    Arsenal v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, speaking to Sky Sports: "We are a team and it is important to have that connection on the sideline and I am looking forward to it [being back on the touchline]. We are in better shape tonight. We have a few back and hopefully we will give a good account of ourselves.

    "A win is important. This is a tough place to come. We must be brave and have a clear gameplan or how we are going to win. We can't take the game to Arsenal tonight, that would be foolish, but we have to have a gameplan where we can threaten Arsenal."

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    Ajay, London: The most exciting end to a season has to be 26 May, 1989. Arsenal's last gasp victory at Anfield. "It's up for grabs now... Thomaaaaaas!"

    John Smith: It's the best season for years! Liverpool are smashing it, but could still lose out. Gerrard must be kicking himself.

  68. 19:48: 
    Arsenal v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to Sky Sports: "We have a great opportunity. We play at home in a big game and we want to do well and win the game.

    "We have some players back and we want to show that we have consistency back. It is always a relentless challenge to be consistent."

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    Ross Arnett: It makes a huge difference for Newcastle having Remy, Debuchy and Sissoko all starting. Expecting a better performance tonight.

    Milo Thompson: I know Ben Arfa hasn't been at his best lately, but putting Obertan on the bench instead? Pardew's lost the plot.

    Andrew Askew: Feel an Aaron Ramsey wonder goal will open the scoring in tonight's game.

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    Tom in Harlech: Sadly I can't see anything but utter destruction for Newcastle tonight.

    Andrew: Newcastle are a club in crisis at the moment. The anger and hostility currently being directed towards Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley is there for all to see and hear.

  71. 19:43: 
    How Newcastle line up
    Newcastle team

    Newcastle's season is spluttering to a forgettable finish but Loic Remy's return could provide a much-needed spark to help ensure they secure a top-10 spot.

    Alan Pardew's side may have arrived at the Emirates smarting from a five-match losing run but they will be boosted by the fact that they have won three and drawn one of the last four Premier League games Remy has started.

    Expect the rest of the Newcastle side to get the ball to the France international as often as possible.

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    Tim Smith: As a City supporter, 2011-12 was incredible - from tears to AGUEROOOOO! and running round the house. Though this season is close, I don't think there will be as much drama.

  73. 19:38: 
    How Arsenal line up
    Line up

    Olivier Giroud leads the line for Arsenal, with Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla in support. The Gunners' title challenge faded during Aaron Ramsey's absence but his return from injury has coincided with an upturn in form that has put Arsene Wenger's side in the driving seat for a fourth-place finish.

    Ramsey has won the most tackles for Arsenal this season and had the most clear-cut chances and how much space he is afforded by Newcastle will be crucial to his side's hopes of taking all three points.

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    Andy Bradley: Can't say if Mourinho's good or bad. Complete troublemaker, but he's one of the most consistent managers around.

    Justin Daining: Mourinho is brilliant for football. Who can deny that his presence lights up English football?!

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    So with everything still to play for for teams at the top, bottom and around the European places, I'd like to get your thoughts on whether this is the most exciting climax to a season ever? If not, which season do you think provided the most dramatic conclusion?

    Was it Manchester City's last-gasp title win two years ago, or perhaps you hold a torch for Manchester United overturning a 12-point deficit to beat Newcastle to the 1995-96 title? For those of you who remember life before the Premier League, when mobile phones were the size of small children, was there an even more exciting end to a campaign?

    Let us know via the usual methods, #bbcfootball on Twitter, text us on 81111 (UK only) and the BBC Sport Facebook page. You can also pop along to our Google+ page.

  76. 19:26: 
    Back from the ban
    Alan Pardew and Arsene Wenger

    Alan Pardew will be back on the touchline tonight after his seven-game touchline ban for headbutting Hull City's David Meyler in March came to an end.

    Pardew promised to be on his best behaviour after the Meyler incident and tonight offers as good a chance as any to show he is a man of his word as he comes up against a manager he is unlikely to share a pint with any time soon.

    The two were involved in a heated exchange back in November 2006, when Pardew was manager of West Ham, but Wenger is not expecting any confrontations tonight. "He will try to control himself much more," he said earlier.

  77. 19:23: 
    LINE-UPS- Arsenal v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud. Subs: Vermaelen, Rosicky, Flamini, Fabianski, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Kallstrom.

    Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Gosling, Anita, Tiote, Gouffran, Sissoko, Remy. Subs: Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara, Elliot, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Steven Taylor, Armstrong.

    Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

  78. 19:22: 
    Mourinho - good or bad?

    The Independent football correspondent Sam Wallace on BBC Radio 5 live: "There is a great respect for Mourinho and the way he can set up a team up but I don't think people want to watch it every week. He has an incredible record against the top four and I thought it was very impressive."

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  79. 19:19: 
    Ian Dennis, BBC Radio 5 liveMourinho - good or bad?

    "He is a hypocrite and that is what rankles with most people. He lacks grace sometimes, but you can only admire what he has achieved in the game. It would have been nice if after the Sunderland game he had been a little bit more magnanimous in defeat."

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  80. 19:18: 
    Mourinho to contest charge
    Jose Mourinho

    Away from tonight's game for a moment and some breaking news in the last half hour that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will contest a Football Association charge of misconduct related to comments he made "congratulating" referee Mike Dean after the Blues' defeat by Sunderland.

    Mourinho, 51, has requested a non-personal hearing of his case. Assistant coach Rui Faria, who was sent to the stand as he tried to confront Dean, has admitted misconduct.

    The Monday Night Club are hosting a debate asking whether Mourinho is good or bad for football. Have your say by calling on 0500 909 693.

  81. 19:12: 

    While Alan Pardew's long-term Newcastle future might be uncertain, Arsene Wenger has given the clearest indication yet that he will remain at Arsenal beyond this summer.

    The 64-year-old has delayed signing a new contract, with his current deal expiring at the end of this season, but said over the weekend he intends to stay at the Emirates.

    "Look, I have said that many times already, I have given my word to this club and that I want to continue where I am. That means to stay," he told Be In Sports network.

  82. 19:08: 

    A big boost for Newcastle to have Loic Remy back in the side, especially because they have managed to score just two goals since the on-loan QPR striker last started a game. Could he get the goals in the remaining games to overturn his side's horrendous recent form and might that just keep Alan Pardew in a job at St James' Park?

  83. 19:05: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Arsenal v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

    Arsenal are unchanged from the side which beat Hull City 3-0, with defender Thomas Vermaelen on the bench.

    Arsenal XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud

    Newcastle striker Loic Remy starts his first game since 1 March. Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy also make Alan Pardew's starting XI.

    Newcastle XI: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Dummett; Gosling, Anita, Tiote, Gouffran; Sissoko; Remy

  84. 19:01: 
    Pressure on Pardew?
    Alan Pardew

    Alan Pardew is the second longest-serving manager in the Premier League, after tonight's opposite number Arsene Wenger, but he appears to be skating on very thin ice after presiding over a poor run of form for Newcastle recently.

    They arrive at the Emirates looking for a first win in over a month and while that horrendous run will have no bearing on top-flight football being played in the north east next season, it has led to Newcastle supporters making their frustrations known, with angry words of rebellion scrawled on bedsheets in recent games.

    Pards is keeping his chin up though. "When you lose five games as Newcastle manager, you've got to expect criticism and speculation about your job," he said. "That comes with the territory and I accept that, but I'm confident the team is in a much better place this week than it has been."

  85. 18:57:  
    BBC Radio 5 live
    Arsenal

    Before and after Arsenal's game against Newcastle tonight, BBC Radio 5 live are hosting a debate asking whether Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is good or bad for football.

    The programme starts with The Monday Night Club from 19:00 BST with Ian Dennis, Steve Claridge and the Independent's football writer Sam Wallace joining Mark Chapman. They will also be discussing the vacant Manchester United managerial position, promotion and relegation issues in the Premier League and building up to the game at Emirates Stadium.

    Listeners can call in on 0500 909 693 to discuss Mourinho, his tactics and recent comments he has made towards officials and opponents.

  86. 18:54: 
    How it looks
    Top of the Premier League

    It is advantage Arsenal in this scrap for fourth at the moment after Everton lost 2-0 at Southampton on Saturday. The Gunners lead by a single point but that could stretch to four if they beat Newcastle.

    Tottenham are mathematically still able to finish fourth as they trail Arsenal by four points, but would need to win their remaining games and rely on the improbable capitulation of both Arsene Wenger's side and Everton.

  87. 18:50: 
    The fight for fourth- Arsenal v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

    It was another astonishing weekend in a season that has surely had bookmakers rubbing their hands with glee and fans of clubs at the top and bottom of the Premier League gnawing at their fingernails on an increasingly regular basis.

    At the bottom, Sunderland lifted themselves out of the bottom three with a vital win against relegation rivals Cardiff, with Norwich dropping in after losing 4-0 to Manchester United during a bit of a Ryan Giggs-love in at Old Trafford.

    Chelsea's win at Liverpool was perhaps the biggest shock of the weekend and that, coupled with Manchester City beating Crystal Palace, means the title race looks set to go to the wire. The title may be beyond Arsenal but they are in a two-way tussle with Everton for fourth, and could take a huge step towards securing Champions League football next season tonight...

  88. 06:45: 
    Twists and turns
    Alan Pardew and Arsene Wenger

    Just when you think something is close to being wrapped up in the Premier League, something else pops up to throw a spanner in the works.

    Be it Sunderland winning at Chelsea last week or Jose Mourinho's men severely denting Liverpool's title bid with Sunday's victory at Anfield, this season has more twists and turns than M. Night Shyamalan on a rollercoaster in an earthquake.

    Can Newcastle, without a victory in their last five games, create another surprise at Arsenal with a win that would keep the battle for the top four wide open?

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 28 Apr 2014 UK

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Liverpool 36 50 80
No movement 2 Chelsea 36 43 78
No movement 3 Man City 35 58 77
No movement 4 Arsenal 36 24 73
No movement 5 Everton 36 21 69
No movement 6 Tottenham 36 3 66
No movement 7 Man Utd 35 20 60
No movement 8 Southampton 36 7 52
No movement 9 Newcastle 36 -18 46
No movement 10 Stoke 36 -11 44
No movement 11 Crystal Palace 36 -15 43
No movement 12 Swansea 36 -1 39
No movement 13 Hull 35 -9 37
No movement 14 West Ham 36 -11 37
No movement 15 West Brom 35 -12 36
No movement 16 Aston Villa 35 -17 35
No movement 17 Sunderland 35 -20 32
No movement 18 Norwich 36 -32 32
No movement 19 Fulham 36 -42 31
No movement 20 Cardiff 36 -38 30

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