Wednesday night has dealt a devastating double blow to Newcastle United’s hopes of beating relegation.
Anything but a draw would arguably have been an ok result.
If Arsenal won then it was possible for Newcastle to finish above Sunderland with only a point against West Ham.
If Sunderland won then they’d be safe but it would have then meant Manchester United had everything to play for against Hull City on Sunday, as they could still potentially pip Arsenal to thrid place and automatic entry to the Champions League group stages.
The match finished 0-0.
Sunderland are now safe and Manchester United have effectively nothing to play for as they are seven goals worse off on goal difference compared to Arsenal, with the Gunners facing West Brom at home on the final day.
It is now looking very very likely that Newcastle will have to actually win a game if they are to stay up, an achievement they will not have managed in 85 days when we get to Sunday.
Instead of being able to rely on Man Utd brushing aside Hull or Sunderland kindly being stuffed twice to save us, teh Newcastle players will actually have to do something about it themselves.
Whatever happens, Newcastle have yet again kept Sunderland in the Premier League by gifting them six points.
It will be the final sad irony if that shocking fact now also relegates Newcastle United.