Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew feels Arsenal will be title challengers - if Arsene Wenger spends.

Toon face Arsenal today.

Pardew said: "Now they are starting to get themselves sorted and the younger players are playing with confidence.

"If the rumours are true ­Arsene Wenger has money to spend in the summer, you have to say they're perhaps only one or two players away.

"They've obviously got ­issues with Robin van Persie they need to resolve, but they're close to being challengers for the title next season in my ­opinion."