Pardew braced for big Newcastle v Arsenal battle

BIG MATCH: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew.
BIG MATCH: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew.
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ALAN Pardew is braced for an Arsenal onslaught as the Gunners chase Champions League football.

But Newcastle United’s manager is confident his team are up to the challenge at St James’s Park on Sunday.

Arsenal need to win to be certain of finishing in the top four.

United, meanwhile, are playing for pride after securing their Premier League status with a 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road last weekend.

The club has lost its last two home games – against Liverpool and Sunderland – and Pardew’s hopeful his players can end their season on a winning note.

“It’s a huge game for Arsenal,” said Pardew.

“They need to win and they’ll have that mentality.

“They’ll carry a threat and we’ve got to deal with that.

“Everyone knows how important Champions League football is to them.

“One team is going to be under enormous pressure.

“We’re not under that pressure, but we want to put a performance in and upset the odds. That’s what we want to do.”