Even Bury, the first English club to relegated this season, have managed to do better than Arsenal on the road in league during this calendar year, claiming four points away from home since January 1.
Blackburn Rovers lead the division by seven points and are most likely to go straight up, leaving the four teams below them to fight it out in the play-offs for the other promotion spot.
"It's always been one-goal margins".
"There are people that talk about 'young coaches and we give them time", but when a club wants to win quickly what they want is results and results with people who have been here for a while and know what the Premier League is and how hard it can be'.
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez feels they have done enough to cement their place in the Premier League for another season after beating Arsenal.
Arsenal fans want Rafa Benitez to replace Arsene Wenger.
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That used to be Arsenal and Wenger was once the visionary who changed the course of the game, just as Guardiola has become at City.
This makes it two victories for Newcastle from losing positions overall, as NUFC went an early goal down at West Ham in December before eventually winning 3-2. And fatigue may have been a factor in Sunday's game, with Mustafi having also played the full 90 minutes in Moscow on Thursday night while Koscielny and Bellerin were both rested against Newcastle.
"I said before about the commitment, everybody was working so hard from day one, every training session, every game, sometimes you were lucky, sometimes you were unlucky but in the end I think they deserved to stay in the Premier League", Benitez said after the match.
The Arsenal midfielder may have have ended up on the losing side, but the fault was not his.
'They have very good players and the style that Pep likes, which is so quick, they have been able to play with that speed and intensity. The four teams left in are very strong. With Newcastle sitting back, there was nothing to get the crowd going and whilst the Perez goal did spark things for a couple of minutes, as the team didn't then take that as an opportunity to press, the crowd retreated as well to near silence. When Gerard played behind him with the pace that Torres had, they caused havoc in rival defences together'.