Following what was a difficult week for Gunners fans, The Arsenal head up to the northeast to face Eddie Howe's Newcastle United side in their penultimate game in the Premier League.
With Arsenal fans still reeling from the shocking 3-0 loss in the North London Derby, the squad will have had to shift their focus straight onto tonight's fixture, as it is all still to play for in the race for top four.
With a win against the Magpies tonight, Mikel Arteta's side could find themselves back in the top four by a point, with only one game to play. Meanwhile, Howe's side are looking to bounce back from their 5-0 loss to leaders Manchester City.
The Gunners then have to host Everton on the final day - the message is clear: win both games, qualify for next season's Champions League.
Due to his dismissal against Tottenham, Rob Holding won't be available for selection. While Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey are both still sidelined with long-term injuries.
Both Gabriel and Benjamin White have travelled with the squad to Newcastle, but remain an uncertainty due to knocks picked up in previous weeks. Arteta has said that they will go through a final fitness test today to ascertain their readiness.
With more injuries hitting the squad, the manager spoke to the club's media channel on how he may have to adjust to any absentees:
"We will have to modify certain positions to try to make it work, because we don't have more defenders and even though we have academy players, they haven't experienced a lot of those positions because they're not specified central defenders, so it's something that we will try to find a way".
Ones to watch
Martin Ødegaard will be a player to keep an eye on for this game, Arsenal's captain this past month and a consistently key player throughout. Arsenal's number eight will be looking to ensure his side secure three points in Monday night's game.
#AFC | First of two cup finals for Arsenal, simply have to win to keep the dream for top four alive. There’s more than enough quality in the squad to do this, backing captain Martin Ødegaard to play a key role tonight. Hoping him and the fans can push Arsenal over the line 👊🏻 pic.twitter.com/YAI3C5D108— Dan George (@Dangeorge47) May 16, 2022
Newcastle United's Joelinton will be keen to make an impact on Monday night, the Brazilian has had a superb season and has been named Newcastle's player of the campaign for this season.
Newcastle: Dubravka; Trippier, Schar, Burn, Targett; Guimaraes, Longstaff, Joelinton, Almiron, Wilson, Saint-Maximin
Arsenal: Ramsdale; Cedric, Tomiyasu, Gabriel, Tavares; Elneny, Xhaka, Odegaard; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli
Kick-off time and how to watch
The game is scheduled to kick-off at 8pm on Monday 16th May 2022. It will be available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD