Pardew rates the Gunners the best performers this season.
"Arsenal have been the best team this season, I don't think anyone will argue with that. It will certainly tell us a lot about how good we are if we can beat them, especially after the result against Stoke. If you can beat one of the top teams like Arsenal, it's really going to put us in good shape at the top of the league.
"It would tick a big box for us, but having said that, if we lose the game, that wouldn't dampen our aspirations either."