Ashley offers £1m incentive

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will share out ?1m between the

club’s non-football staff if they beat Arsenal in their final game

of the season on Sunday, Sky sources understand.

Arsene Wenger’s side must beat Newcastle at St James’ Park to

guarantee a top-four finish and with it the opportunity to play

Champions League football for the 16th consecutive year.

Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham face Sunderland at White

Hart Lane, knowing they could pip the Gunners to fourth spot if

they slip up on Tyneside.

Newcastle could yet finish as high as 10th if they beat Arsenal

and Ashley is understood to have offered an unusual incentive to

his side.