Why is Arsenal vs Newcastle kicking off at 8pm on Saturday night?

Arsenal will host Newcastle United on Saturday evening
Arsenal will host Newcastle United on Saturday evening (Image credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Saturday’s Premier League action will conclude with a lesser spotted 8pm kick-off this weekend, when Arsenal host Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium.

The clash will be a crucial one in both the title chase and the battle for European places. Third-placed Arsenal will hope to close their five-point gap to leaders Liverpool who have the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, and will have just seen second-placed Manchester City visit Bournemouth in the day’s 5.30pm kick-off. 

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For more than a decade Joe Mewis has worked in football journalism as a reporter and editor, with stints at Mirror Football and LeedsLive among others. He is the author of four football history books that include tomes on Leeds United and the England national team.