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Fabricio Coloccini
Fabricio Coloccini will be hoping to keep it tight at the defence against Manchester United's attack force.Reuters

Arsenal host Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium in a late kick-off on Monday as the Gunners look to cement their position in the top four.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 8pm GMT. Live coverage will be Sy Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.


Arsenal will go four points clear of Everton if they beat Newcastle at home and ostensibly book their place in the Champions League next season.

Everton's loss to Southampton meant that the Merseyside club have now dropped six points in their last three games.

Their convincing win over Manchester United failed to lift their morale as they suffer under the absence of three key players in the form of Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin and Kevin Mirallas.

Meanwhile, the Gunners have found their long lost virility back with the return of Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey who have been pivotal in their 3-0 win over Hull City last weekend.

The dress rehearsal for the finals of the FA Cup went well for the Gunners, who are on the verge of making their 18th straight entry into the Champions League and end their nine-year wait without a trophy.

Newcastle will be boosted by the presence of manager Alan Pardew on the sidelines after serving a seven match ban for his scuffle with Hull City midfielder David Meyler in their 4-1 victory over Hull City.

The Magpies have been in horrendous form off late and in spite of being safe will be looking to end their season on a high.

Moussa Sissokho is expected to return but Papiss Cisse is out for the season with a knee-cap injury.

Aaron Ramsey

What the Managers Say

Arsene Wenger: "At the Emirates we had no incidents because the distance between the two managers is big. Sometimes you get upset because you hear what the other manager is saying and you go, 'What is he doing, why is he talking to the referee and the fourth official?' At Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs, you basically are very close."

Alan Pardew: "Teams have closed in on us in this recent run and we need to get away again. In the last seven Premier League seasons, we have only got more points than we have this year once, so we have got an opportunity to get more than 46 points and we want to try to take it. It's very, very important to finish the season and make sure that we get ourselves a look at the season that has some perspective. Perhaps a stronger squad is the way forward and that's something that I don't think me and the board and Mike [Ashley] have any issue on. I think we are pretty solid on that."

Form Guide


  • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): W W D L D
  • Last Result: Hull City 0-3 Hull City

Newcastle United

  • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): L L L L L
  • Last Result: Newcastle 1-2 Swansea City

Team News


  • Injured: Abou Diaby(calf), Theo Walcott(knee), Jack Wilshere(foot)
  • Suspended: N/A
  • Doubtful: Thomas Vermaelen(hamstring)

Probable Line-Up: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen; Arteta, Ramsey; Cazorla, Özil, Podolski; Giroud


  • Injured: Sammy Ameobi (ankle), Hatem Ben Arfa (dead leg), Gabriel Obertan(knee), Ryan Taylor (knee), Davide Santon (hamstring), Papiss Cisse(knee)
  • Suspended: N/A
  • Doubtful: Moussa Sissoko(hamstring)

Probable Line-Up: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita, Tioté, Gosling, Gouffran; Rémy