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If only the second half of Premier League matches counted this season, Arsenal would be top with 71 points, three points ahead of Manchester City.
Of sides that Newcastle have faced more than twice at St James Park, only against Manchester United (21%) have they won a lower proportion of their games than versus Arsenal (28%).
Arsenal won the reverse fixture 7-3, it was the only time that the Magpies have conceded seven goals in a Premier League match.
Newcastle have won just one of their last 11 Premier League games against Arsenal (W1 D5 L5).
Newcastle have failed to score in two successive Premier League home games. They last failed to score in three in a row back in August 2007 (six games).
Arsenal have won four successive Premier League away games. The last time that the Gunners won five in a row away in the competition was back in September 2004.
Four different Arsenal players (Walcott, Cazorla, Giroud & Podolski) have scored 10 or more goals in the Premier League this season, meaning that the Gunners are only the fourth side in history to have four players reach double figures in a single PL campaign.
Just four players have reached double figures in both goal and assist categories in the Premier League this season, with two of these being Arsenal players (Theo Walcott has 14 goals, 10 assists and Santi Cazorla has 12 goals, 11 assists).
The Spaniard assisted four goals in Arsenal’s midweek win over Wigan, becoming only the fourth player to do this in a Premier League game in the last 10 seasons.
Newcastle United have won only one of their games on the final day of a Premier League season in their previous 10 campaigns (D5 L4).
The Magpies can claim a maximum tally of 44 points with victory on Sunday. That would be their lowest points tally in the Premier League since they were relegated with 34 in 2008-09.
Newcastle secured their Premier League safety for another season with a win at QPR last time out. A win against Arsenal could ensure they complete a second consecutive top-ten finish after earning fifth place last campaign.
Arsenal can earn Champions League qualification for the 16th consecutive season with a win. A loss or draw will also be enough if north London rivals Tottenham fail to beat Newcastle’s rivals Sunderland.
The Gunners currently lie fourth with 70 points. They earned that same amount when finishing third in the Premier League last season.
Arsene Wenger’s side can still claim third place in this season’s competition depending on how Chelsea get on against Everton, with a play-off a possibility depending on the scores.
Newcastle 0 Arsenal 3
Note: Stats from Opta