Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says his side are on course for a top six finish this season – even if they lose to Arsenal tonight.
The Magpies are currently sixth in the Premier League table - five points behind the Gunners who occupy fourth spot, and five points ahead of Liverpool in seventh.
However Pardew has played down the impact that tonight’s result may have on their season. He said: “Well I don't think Arsenal really is the game that's going to determine whether we get a European position.
"But in terms of really upsetting the pack - in terms of the champions League pack - it would go some way if we won. Because obviously it would put Chelsea back into a favourable position, Liverpool and ourselves, and I think that's really what we're going to focus on. And the other ten games for us will be about securing a Europa League position if we can."
He added: “They’re a team that have got young players who – when they have confidence – they can look a very different side. And they have confidence at the minute. And that’s the difference.”
– Alan Pardew, Newcastle United FC Manager
I don't think Arsenal really is the game that's going to determine whether we get a European position
Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye said: "I watched their game against Milan. They played well in the first-half - very quick and with big energy.
"It will be a very tough game."
Newcastle will be without Peter Lovenkrands for the game after the forward suffered a thigh injury against Sunderland.
- Arsenal have won six of their last eight Premier League meetings with Newcastle
- The Magpies have lost their last four away matches in the league
- The Gunners have had a man sent off against Newcastle in each of their last three encounters - Gervinho, Abou Diaby and Laurent Koscielny