Newcastle United can wreck Arsenal Champions League dream

WANTS TO GO OUT ON HIGH: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
WANTS TO GO OUT ON HIGH: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

NEWCASTLE United could well wreck Arsenal’s Champions League hopes.

The two clubs meet at St James’s Park on the final day of the season.

Arsenal need to win on Sunday to be certain of finishing in the top four of the Premier League.

While Newcastle’s top-flight status is secure after last weekend’s 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers, Pardew insists his players won’t be short of motivation, having been heavily beaten on their last two home outings.

The defeats to Liverpool and Sunderland left United deep in relegation trouble - and Pardew under a huge amount of pressure.

With the threat of relegation gone, Pardew’s hopeful his team - who could finish as high as 10th if they win - can play to their potential against Arsene Wenger’s side, who beat Wigan Athletic 4-1 on Tuesday night to move into fourth place.

Their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, a point behind in fifth place, entertain Sunderland at White Hart Lane.

And the two North East’s clubs will decide which team goes forward into the Champions League after securing their places in the top flight.

“It was a huge lift, not just for the players, but just as importantly the staff, with us being safe,” Pardew said.

“Now we can really focus on one game. We can play with without any inhibitions, unlike against Liverpool. That’s important.

“We want to get a result. We just need to send our fans home in a better mood than the last two games.”

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