My Arsenal comments were a joke, says Newcastle boss Pardew

The Magpies manager said he would not care if his side lost 4-0 to Arsenal on the final day of the season after the club secured Premier League survival with a 2-1 win over QPR
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew insists he was joking after claiming he would not care if his side lost 4-0 to Arsenal on the final day of the season.

Newcastle's 2-1 victory over QPR at Loftus Road on Sunday secured the club's Premier League survival but fans were disheartened after hearing Pardew's post-match comments which indicated he was was not concerned about the club's final league position.

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"I know people will have picked up on my comments about not caring about the result against Arsenal, which were, of course, a joke," Pardew told the club's official website.

"It is definitely not the case that I would be happy for us to lose 4-0 against Arsenal on Sunday. I simply want our players and fans to be able to enjoy the game without looking over their shoulders."

Pardew has targeted Sunday's fixture against Arsene Wenger's side as a chance to make amends following heavy defeats in their last two matches at St James' Park.

"Even though we are now safe, we will be putting in the same effort that we would for any other Premier League game," Pardew continued.

"Our last two results at St James' Park - against Sunderland and Liverpool - have been nowhere near good enough, and Sunday gives us the chance to put that right.

"We want to end the season on a positive, to finish in as high a position as possible and to give the fans something to cheer about on the final day of what has been a frustrating season.

"Arsenal will be doing everything they can to try and achieve a Champions League spot and we won't make it easy for them, make no mistake about that. This is a game everyone at this football club wants to win."