Five Newcastle players who can save Tottenham's season

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Tottenham need Newcastle to pick something up against Arsenal on Sunday if they are to stand a chance of Champions League qualification.

So the race for fourth is going down to the wire, and there is no room for error.

Arsenal must beat Newcastle to qualify for the Champions League, and if they fail to, a Tottenham side who host Sunderland will seek to take advantage.

So with Tottenham's fate largely out of their hands, who can they put their hopes in at the weekend?

We've picked out five key Newcastle players to keep faith in.

Fabricio Coloccini

This is expected to be Fabricio Coloccini's final game at Newcastle, and he will want to bow out with a solid performance. With Arsenal's attackers in flying form, he will be key if Newcastle are to stop the Gunners clicking into gear, and if Olivier Giroud is selected, expect the Argentine to come off better in the physical match-up. Coloccini is Newcastle's leader at the back and will have a huge role to play in organising his teammates.

Papiss Cisse

Papiss Cisse has had a mixed season, but don't rule out him making a big impact here. Cisse has become a master of scoring late winners for Newcastle this campaign, and wouldn't it be quite sensational if the striker had a decisive moment in the final minutes this weekend.

Steve Harper

Do Spurs fans remember Martin Fulop? The reserve goalkeeper who came in on the final day of the season for West Brom last year to gift three goals to the Gunners. Steve Harper is in a similar scenario, but it is his last match after 20 years at Newcastle, and the veteran has a key role to play. He would love to bow out on a high.

Yohan Cabaye

Yohan Cabaye is key to making Newcastle's attack tick, and has even been linked with Arsenal on occasion. With the whole of the Premier League watching on, this is his moment to show what he is all about. With Mikel Arteta out for Arsenal, there is likely to be extra space for him to exploit, which must be a real worry for Gooners.

Hatem Ben Arfa

Hatem Ben Arfa is the man who gives Newcastle the x-factor, for his unpredictable yet direct running causes a real headache for teams. It has been a frustrating season for him with injury, but he may just see this as one last opportunity to put himself in the shop window ahead of the summer.

Can Newcastle get a result? What is your prediction?

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