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Today's win versus Newcastle sets up Arsenal to withstand Everton's attempt at breaking into Champions League qualification

Jamie McDonald

It was twenty days ago that Zito declared the race for fourth was in Arsenal's hands.  He caught quite a bit of heat from sections of our blog for coming out and saying such a thing, feeling that Everton's fixtures would trip up their run-in to the end of the season.  Funny how right he was.

Two matches before the end of the season, here's the main thing you need to know: just a singular Arsenal win guarantees fourth.  That's it, that's all.  Even if Everton win both their matches (home versus Manchester City; away at Hull), all Arsenal need to do is see out a victory in either their match this coming Saturday at home against West Brom or their season culmination match at Norwich's Carrow Road.

Considering our road to the end of the season has fewer landmines than Everton's, and how well Arsenal have looked recently with Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey patrolling the midfield, it's not inconceivable to think the club's destined for Champions League qualification.

But, you know, carts and horses and hatching chickens.