Newcastle and Arsenal return to Premier League action on the back of contrasting Carabao Cup results where Newcastle beat Manchester United to advance but Arsenal fell shot and were eliminated by West Ham United. Manchester United were far from the team that they were in February during the EFL final where Erik Ten Hag's team ended a six-year trophy drought as they won the cup. However, Newcastle were happy to complete their revenge mission on United and heal their Wembley wounds when they defeated the Red Devils 3-0 on Wednesday night. Miguel Almiron's finish, Lewis Hall's sumptuous volley, and a crisp Joe Willock finish led to a familiar sense of doom and gloom around Old Trafford, as Eddie Howe's team set up a mouthwatering quarter-final outing versus Chelsea and brought an end to their two-game winless run following defeat to Borussia Dortmund and a 2-2 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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Howe's team are currently ranked outsiders when it comes to Champions League qualification, though, as Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Aston Villa - who sit five points better off than Newcastle - are engaged in a captivating five-team tussle to dine at Europe's top table. The Magpies are more than capable of putting a dent in Arsenal's title aspirations while boosting their own hopes of glory, though, as they have won each of their last three Premier League home games without conceding, recovering the defensive nous that made them quite the force to be reckoned with in 2022-23.
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