That is the same date as Arsenal had been planning to face Atlético Madrid as part of an global tournament in Singapore that also includes Paris St-Germain.
The current campaign has been particularly error-strewn for the 25-year-old centre-half, with costly lapses in concentration leading to criticism in a Carabao Cup final showdown with Manchester City and Premier League games against Southampton and Newcastle.
Although the Europa League semi-finalists remain in sixth spot, the gap with seventh placed Burnley is now just two points. "They had the belief that we could score and we did it and after you could see we were suffering sometimes as it's a very good team so to beat a team like this is very impressive".
Next Arsenal manager odds: Who could replace Arsene Wenger? Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame slipped and gifted the ball to Lacazette who darted forward before picking out Willock, but the opportunity for a strike on goal sailed by while the teenager was trying to work out which foot to use.
When did Arsenal suddenly have this reputation for expecting and getting entertaining football?
Yes they had some good attacking players as well but it was all about not conceding at the back and then nicking a goal at the other end.
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Arsene Wenger is known for not really hashing things out elaborately, and just letting his team do as they please. I was speaking to him on Friday, actually, and he wants to see this job through and see Newcastle above Arsenal next year, possibly in the top six.
"40 points was the target at the start of the season and hopefully we've done enough now to secure our Premier League status", Matt Ritchie told Sky Sports.
"You wouldn't want to cross him, he's got a real ruthlessness about him".
The VAR system has been used in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup this season, but live trials have been surrounded by controversy, mainly over a lack of communication in the decision-making process for fans in the stadium.
Newcastle's winning margin could have been greater, but Kenedy's audacious effort came back off the woodwork late on.