Morning all.

I just love a 94th minute goal when it’s against Man Utd to win the game. Eddie Nketiah’s winning goal earlier in the season against them was late but Brighton’s was later I think. The very fact the home team were awarded penalty was a miracle in itself regardless of how obvious it was. The result was good for us too because 3rd place at least is safe. Brighton, Liverpool or Utd could yet finish 4th although Utd are probably favourites.

There’s a lot being written about Arsenal right now as far as transfers and contracts go. Flo Balogun and Charlie Patino could be sold, Reiss Nelson has turned down the offer of a new contract and Real Sociedad star Martin Zubimendi is on the verge of a move to the red and white side of north London. All could be true, all could be a load of old tosh or maybe one or two has an element of truth to them.

What we can be certain of though is that there will be player movement in and out of the club this summer but who stays and goes is something we can only guess at and guess is exactly what the newspapers do at this time of the year. I don’t know about you but I’ve not heard or read a quote from Balogun, Nelson or Patino which suggests they are making any playing demands yet that’s what’s being written in the back pages, certainly about Balogun.

In an ideal world, all three would stay and be part of Arsenal’s future but football isn’t always like that. Regardless of what you and I thought of players like Martinez and even Joe Willock, the reality is, Mikel Arteta and the club were prepared to sell them in order to sign the players the manager believed were more suited to his footballing plans.

Willock will of course be part of a Newcastle team trying to put another dent in our season finish, just like last campaign when we lost out on a top four place because of our second half of the season jitters. One of which was a 2-0 loss at St James Park.

During his pre match press conference, Mikel Arteta was asked how much our players need to forget about last season’s game at Newcastle:

It is a very different game. It was a year ago with different players, a different game but we’ll have to play much better than we did last year, that’s for sure. We know that it is going to be a really tough game because especially at home they’ve been really good.

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe and Nketiah.

Cedric, Martinelli,  Lacazette and Pepe.

Three out of the above team will definitely not feature and both Smith Rowe and Nketiah are likely to be on the bench at best and only Martinelli from the substitutes used is still at the club. This time around we do have Partey fit and the addition of Jorginho and Trossard as well as Kiwior who was really good against Chelsea in my opinion.

Earlier in the season, Arsenal and Newcastle played out a scoreless draw. Better finishing on the day would have secured Arsenal maximum points. Howe’s team seemed totally disinterested in doing anything other than waste time and break up our play by rotationally fouling our players.

Also, two big penalty decisions which didn’t go our way.

I know Arsenal have at times been their own worst enemy this season, certainly more recently but even so, if all was fair in footballing love and war, we’d still be in the driving seat as far as the league title goes.

Big Sam, who has apparently told Sky Sports that he could win the treble if he were the Man City manager, takes on Guardiola’s team later today. Perhaps for once, the big guy could do Arsenal a favour.

Catch up in the comments.