Newcastle was up against the ropes for a few weeks, knowing that relegation was a serious possibility if they did not get their act together. A win against QPR last week saved the Magpies from relegation, making Sunday's match less important for the hosts.
Although the Newcastle players will not have any significant pressure on them, their performance could potentially dictate if Arsenal finishes in the top four or not.
The Gunners have once again left things late, just as they have done many times in the past. Failure to claim the full three points at St. James Park could really cause all sorts of trouble for Arsene Wenger's side for the 2013/14 campaign. A potential Europa League spot could be waiting for the Gunners if they are unable to pull together and continue their great form as of late.
Arsenal has not taken the field since they defeated Queens Park Rangers on May 4th at Loftus Road. Since then, the league table has altered with Tottenham and Chelsea having won their respective matches, while Blues and Spurs also drew last Wednesday, keeping the Champions League qualification race very tight.
Wanting to keep their streak of consecutive Champions League appearances alive, Arsene Wenger's side will desperately need the full three points on Tuesday night.
After such a long gap in between matches, Arsenal could benefit from it, but it could also work against them. Wigan on the other hand will enter the match fresh off their shocking victory in the FA Cup Final against Manchester City.
The 26-year-old French striker made his move to the Premier League in January of 2013, but his stay with QPR could be cut short due to their already confirmed relegation.
Harry Redknapp was just one of many key figures brought into the London club to save the side from a potential relegation battle, but not even the former Tottenham Hotspur manager was able to save Tony Fernandes' club.
Heading into next season, Remy appears to be set to move on from his five month adventure with QPR. His move to London cost approximately 8 million pounds, but Arsene Wenger is confident that if he was to make a bid, he could sign the French international at a cheaper price.
When the 2012/13 season started, QPR fans and their management had high expectations, which may have contributed to the poor campaign the London side has had. Their goalless draw last weekend against Reading confirmed what many feared for quite some time now, forcing Harry Redknapp's side out of the Premier League.
Two victories at Loftus Road so far in the season are a clear indication of how QPR's season has played out. Their most recent coming on March 9th in a 3-1 victory over Sunderland. Since then, four losses and one draw have all but buried them, with a slender goal difference keeping them out of last place.
With relegation already confirmed, it will be very hard for the English manager to get the most out of his players, considering he already could not do that since his arrival at Loftus Road.
Although Manchester United already locked up their 20th title, Sunday's match will still have more than enough meaning behind it. A rivalry that for years was incredibly intense, not only between the players on the pitch, but also between the managers.
Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger were far from friends, but as the years have passed and the Gunners have fallen out of title contention, the two managers appear to have put that heated relationship behind them.
For the fans, the rivalry may have become even more tense after their leading scorer last season eventually forced his way out of the club. He not only wanted to move elsewhere, but he made the move across England and signed for United. While it was a great decision in regards to increasing his title chances, he also lost a remarkable number of fans by putting pen to paper.
Arsenal has four victories and one draw from their last five matches, which should have Gunners fans happy. Their mid-week draw against Everton at the Emirates will not be the worst of results, but Arsene Wenger's side knows they can not afford to drop more points at Craven Cottage.
Meetings against Fulham tend to offer up a lot of goals, making Saturday's match likely to be a very entertaining match. Both sides have earned two victories in this fixture from the last five matches, with a draw in between.
Staying on track against Martin Jol's side, which does not have much to play for will not be easy, as we all saw in their first meeting this season.
Arsenal needed some late heroics on Saturday to overcome Norwich at the Emirates, pushing them ahead of Chelsea and Tottenham in the league standings. Although Chelsea has played one less match due to their FA Cup meeting with Manchester City on Sunday, the Gunners could put more pressure on their London rivals with another victory on Tuesday.
With a victory over the Gunners, Everton could pull even on 58 points with Tottenham, who will have played one less match. The Toffees pulled off an important victory at the weekend against relegation bound QPR, leaving them in prime position for a European spot next season.
The life of an Arsenal fan requires patience, an open mind, belief and did I mention patience? Every season turns into an emotional roller coaster, but unfortunately for Arsenal fans, that emotional roller coaster has been unable to reach anything more appealing than a Champions League spot in the last eight years.
Once again, the 2012/13 campaign is coming down to the wire, and Arsenal fans are hoping their North London neighbors will once again throw away what once looked to be a commanding and comfortable lead.
On paper, Arsenal has more than enough talent to brush aside a team like Reading with ease, but that can be much easier said than done. Looking at their previous two meetings this season, Arsenal should enjoy a high scoring affair, but with Nigel Adkins now in charge, things could be different.
Abou Diaby has spent the last eight seasons with Arsenal, but unfortunately for him and Arsenal fans, he has not always enjoyed his time on the pitch. From the constant injuries came the lack of match fitness, then once he finally would get back into the squad, the simplest of movements would irritate something new and see him back on the injury list.
Since his arrival at Arsenal in 2006, Diaby has only managed to play more than 16 Premier League matches in a single season on two occasions.
During the 2008/09 campaign, Diaby featured 24 times for Arsenal in the league, with an additional five domestic cup performances and seven European matches. The French midfielder was finally coming into his own and getting some consistent playing time, after bouncing back from a horrendous leg injury against Stoke City.
Just when everyone expected Arsenal to show up at the Allianz Arena, put out 11 players and get laughed out of Munich, the Gunners managed to put on a brilliant performance in front of thousands of Munich fans who were left confused, yet relieved that the German side still went through.
If someone had thrown out the idea of the Gunners being the first team to defeat Bayern at home, while keeping a clean sheet, no one would buy into it. But, to the surprise of many, Arsene Wenger's side bounced back with a very solid defensive performance, along with a final five minutes which could have seen Arsenal pull off what many believed to be impossible after the first leg defeat.
The Gunners will return to league play on Saturday as they will visit the Liberty Stadium for the second time this season. On January 6th, the two teams met in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with Danny Graham providing late heroics for the Swans, forcing a replay at the Emirates.
Arsenal's manager has decided that he will go ahead and rotate some of his starters, in order to give them a rest for their upcoming match against Swansea City. Therefore, many, if not all, believe that Wenger is throwing in the towel, ahead of Arsenal's match Wednesday night against Bayern Munich.
After the first leg, where Arsenal was defeated at home 1-3, it was more than evident that regardless of what Arsenal fans believed, or wanted to believe, Bayern Munich is on a different level than the North London side. Now that does not mean that Arsenal is unable to compete, but as a collective group, Bayern Munich are well ahead of Wenger's side.
Arsenal's season has not been all that impressive up until this point. A promising start quickly turned into frustration for Arsenal fans who had hoped that the team could some how bounce back from losing Robin van Persie and Alex Song.
The truth is, Arsenal is currently fifth in the Premier League, four points adrift from London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. In Arsene Wenger's time at Arsenal, his side has never finished below Tottenham in the league standings, so if he looks to continue that run, he will need his players to up their game in the final months of the campaign.
Getting a win at White Hart Lane could be just what the Arsenal players need. Having been eliminated from the FA Cup a few weeks ago against Blackburn left Arsenal fans on the edge of a nervous break down. They then followed that up with a 1-3 defeat at home against Bayern Munich.
It has been quite a long time since Arsenal won a piece of silverware, and to be honest, and rightfully so, Arsenal faithful are starting to reach the end of the line with their patience. The promise of spending money has been thrown into many conversations along the years, but the only thing Arsenal seems to be doing is dispatching some of their best quality players.
They not only have watched players like Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri walk out the exit door at the Emirates, but they have also failed to bring in proper coverage for the players they have let go.
Getting eliminated by Blackburn a week ago at the Emirates was already bad enough for Arsene Wenger, but a defeat against Bayern Munich on Tuesday just made matters worst. Arsenal fans are looking for answers from the board, while Le Prof made it clear that he is not going anywhere.
"Never, not one second," was Wenger's response when he was asked if he had considered his position at the club after Tuesday's defeat.
So while Wenger confirmed that he has no intentions of quitting Arsenal, the Gunners manager now has to help his squad regain their confidence for their match against Aston Villa.
The morning after a defeat is always a good time to sit and think about what contributed to the loss. For Arsenal fans, they woke up to pictures of Arsene Wenger and Jack Wilshere plastered all over the newspapers and sports websites. Not surprising, but, now more than ever, fans and neutrals are calling for Wenger to leave.
One important question to ask is whether or not Arsene Wenger is the main problem, let alone the only problem.
Responsible for putting out the best options, Wenger is in charge of that, but he is not able to dictate what decisions the players make while on the pitch.