The Gunners are sitting fourth, one point ahead of rivals Spurs who face Sunderland, and all three points for Wilshere’s side will guarantee them entry to the qualification stage of Europe’s elite competition next season.
The England international believes their pulsating 4-1 win over Wigan on Tuesday can be the catalyst for their vital fixture with the Magpies, as the Gunners look to continue their incredible form that has seen the North London side take 20 points out of a possible 24.
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Wilshere told Arsenal Player of the current vibe within the squad and the potential for nerves on gameday:
[The mood] has got to be one of excitement because we know that if we win, we’re going to be playing in the Champions League or the Champions League qualifier at the beginning of next season. I think excitement first of all. When we get into the game, we’ll see what happens. Maybe a bit of nerves will come into it.
We watched Tottenham get the three points on Sunday and that wasn’t ideal but then we picked ourselves up for the Wigan game and did what we needed to do.
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We did it in style as well. We scored a few goals and it’s set up a really interesting last day. If we can play like that and take the game to them we know a win decides our destiny.
A few people have said that they [Newcastle] are alright now and are not fighting for relegation but they will be relaxed. They can play and enjoy their game and I’m sure their manager will say that to them.
We’ve got to be professional, do our job and get a few goals. We can’t rely on Sunderland to do a job at Tottenham. We have to win the game and then we’ll know where we will be.
Arsenal will have a tough task to overcome on Sunday which potentially will be more difficult with Newcastle likely to play more relaxed consequently preventing the match from becoming more open.
The Geordies/French revolution are not playing for anything similar to when the Gunners faced Man United, but hopefully they do not just sit back and park the bus so to speak, Arsenal need chances to counter attack. It will also be a good chance for rumoured Arsenal target Cabaye to show what he can do, maybe an own goal could boost his allure?
Personally I’m already bloody nervous but also excited for an intense final day. Lets wrap up all three points nice and early, then score as many as possible. You never know, we may even secure third once again.