FT: Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1

That's it from me but stay with us for reaction from all involved in another dramatic conclusion to the Barclays Premier League.

Credit must also go to Spurs and in particular Bale, whose goal at White Hart Lane typified what's been a magnificent season for one of the world's best players.

It's pretty clear what this means to Arsenal's manager and his players and they deserve credit for going 10 games unbeaten, winning eight and dropping points only against Everton and Manchester United.

That's it! Arsenal hang on for a 1-0 win and that's enough to finish fourth ahead of Spurs, who win by the same scoreline at White Hart Lane. What drama.

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Walcott loses the ball deep inside Newcastle's half. One last chance for the hosts to inflict misery upon their opponents. Arsenal win it back and Giroud's cross ends up being put behind for a corner.

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Respite for the hosts as Cisse is caught offside. They've a minute to hang on to this one-goal lead.

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Free-kick to Newcastle on the halfway line. This is so very tense for a game that doesn't dictate the title or survival. Giroud makes a fabulous tackle to deny Ben Arfa with two minutes left.

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It's backs to the wall stuff before Arsenal break. Walcott dances one way and another before hitting the post! Wow.

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We're into added time and Arsenal start it with a cheap free-kick thanks to Debuchy's foul on Gibbs. However, it's wasted and Newcastle start four minutes of added time on the ball.

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Now it's on. At White Hart Lane, who else but Bale fires Spurs in front. It's a wonderful goal.

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Arsenal visibly attempting to slow the game down now, refusing an opportunity to break and instead going sideways. Eventually, Cazorla's ball towars Sagna is too strong and goes out for a goal-kick. On comes Wilshere for Cazorla.

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Debuchy goes down in the Arsenal box but Webb waves away claims for a penalty. It's all Newcastle and it's all Spurs.

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Walcott runs at the Newcastle defence and Giroud holds his run to remain onside. However, the Englishman can't find the right ball and Newcastle clear.

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With the clocks almost identical, Arsenal lead 1-0 while Spurs v Sunderland remains goalless. Tense.

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Respite for Arsenal as Gutierrez gives away a cheap free-kick on halfway. Walcott tries to break free down the right but Coloccini steps in.

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Walcott's corner goes longer than planned but Cazorla retrieves, beating Campbell before curling an effort over the bar.

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Newcastle go short before Koscielny again gets there first to deny Taylor. Arsenal break and win a corner as Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross is put behind.

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Free-kick for Newcastle as Gibbs is adjudged to have brought down Debuchy close to the corner flag. He goes into Webb's book for voicing his displeasure.

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Cisse wins his side a throw and that allows the hosts to bring on local lad Campbell, a striker, for left-back Yanga-Mbiwa.

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Koscielny once again gets his head to the corner but Arsenal are locked in their own half at the moment.

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More pressure from Newcastle and this time they win a corner as Sagna is forced to block Yanga-Mbiwa's cross.

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Podolski makes way for Giroud, who returns from suspension.

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Chelsea now lead against Everton so chances of a play-off have just about disappeared. Here, Arsenal's concern is just to win and the nerves are now clear as Newcastle begin to dominate.

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Awful ball from Ramsey towards Walcott and Arsenal have lost all fluency for now. At the Lane, it was just a free-kick for Spurs and one which Bale blasted over.

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Szczesny clears towards Walcott but he can't bring the ball under control. At White Hart Lane, David Vaughan has just been sent off for Sunderland. I'm not sure yet whether there's more to it.

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Poor ball from Tiote towards Cisse and the Newcastle striker is looking isolated at the moment.

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Spurs look increasingly threatening at White Hart Lane as Newcastle enjoy a spell on the ball.

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Sagna goes down under a challenge from Yanga-Mbiwa and takes his time getting up. Once he does, a cross to Walcott finds him offside.

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Arsenal waste the ball this time and Harper can pick his target with a clearance. Cisse and Marveaux combine to set up Ben Arfa, who fires wide from 25 yards. That had some power behind it but Szczesny always looked at ease.

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Anita wins a free-kick but soon after uses his hand to control the ball and Arsenal can build from the back again with 20 minutes on the clock.

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Podolski likes the angle but it's blocked by the wall. The German then does brilliantly to win it back but Oxlade-Chamberlain then shoots wildly over.

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Cazorla shows some lovely agility to glide past the Newcastle defence and is eventually brought down on the edge of the box. Chance for Arsenal.

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Newcastle were awarded a free-kick for Podolski's actions but it's harmlessly through to Szczesny.

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Tiote is down with a bang to the face and Podolski is the culprit. There looked to be some contact and Tiote is certainly taking his time on the deck.

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Anita plays a lovely ball to Debuchy and his cross is just about blocked by Mertesacker. Koscienly then looks to clear but is brought down by Gouffran, who then departs to be replaced by Marveaux.

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Gutierrez tries to stand one up for Cisse but Koscielny intercepts again and heads clear with ease. Again, though, Newcastle are quickly back on the ball. Might we see Wilshere soon?

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Spurs come agonisingly close to scoring, with a goalmouth scramble seeing the ball hit the post and cleared off the line twice. Here, Coloccini steps in to deny Walcott a clear run on goal.

62
Cisse tries what can only be described as a Bergkamp but Koscielny intercepts. Arsenal have allowed Newcastle possession for the last four or five minutes and if they continue to do so a nervy end to the game awaits.

61
Ramsey hasn't always been accurate with the ball today but yet again his energy wins Arsenal possession with Newcastle threatening. He's in favour with the fans right now thanks to this sort of tireless display.

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An hour gone and Arsenal are now in command of this game and their top-four prospects as a result. Spurs have failed to break the deadlock at White Hart Lane so far.

59
We'll have a brief stoppage as Debuchy puts the ball out with Cazorla down.

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Arsenal quickly win it back but again, Oxlade-Chamberlain is guilty of attempting a ball which didn't look on and Newcastle break, Ramsey eventually doing well to steal the ball from Ben Arfa inside his own box.

57
Sagna concedes a cheap free-kick and that allows Newcastle to make a change, Anita coming on to replace Cabaye.

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Arsenal win a throw close to the Newcastle corner flag from where Walcott delivered the free-kick which led to their goal. This time they go shot and sideways and for now Newcastle are chasing the ball.

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The goal has given the visitors a real lift, understandably, and Harper does well to storm out of his goal and deny Walcott.

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Whether Arsenal deserve their lead or not I don't know, but they've certainly started the second-half with intent and it's fitting that Koscielny, their best player so far, has broken the deadlock.

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GOAL! Koscielny (52)! The French defender instinctively diverts the ball past Harper after Walcott's free-kick found him three yards out.

51
Better from the visitors as Ramsey's cross almost finds Walcott. Since the break they've been much quicker with their passing and Sagna now wins a free-kick as Cabaye brings him down. A yellow card can't be far away for him.

50
Newcastle's first attack of the half has a distinctly French feel as Cabaye looks to release Debuchy having collected from Ben Arfa. Szczesny is out to collect.

49
Lovely work from Tiote again to tackle Rosicky, calmly weave his way out of a pocket and clear to Gouffran. Arsenal need to plot their way around him.

48
Arsenal are much livelier now but Tiote is far too strong for Cazorla and can clear comfortably.

47
Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn't imposed himself on the game yet but it's clear from the early exchanges that he's under instruction to do so. His ball almost puts Walcott through again.

46
A poor Harper clearance gives Arsenal their best chance of the game and Walcott's shot looks bound for the bottom corner until Harper's outstretched hand comes to the rescue.

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We're back under way and what a big half this is for both Arsenal and Tottenham. We have synchronised kick-offs this time, too.

Sky Bet still make Arsenal odds-on favourites at 5/6 with the draw 13/8 and Newcastle in to 9/2. Arsenal are out to 8/15 for a top-four finish, though, with Spurs now 15/8.

How about this from Tony? He says: "I'm a lifelong Newcastle fan but desperate not to see Spurs get into CL. Hard for me to say but I'm hoping for an Arsenal goal!"

A tight, tense half which saw Arsenal fail to really threaten in open play and Newcastle arguably waste the better chances. The good news for Arsenal is that as things stand they don't need to win as Spurs also head into the break at 0-0 with Sunderland. What a 45 minutes we have to come.

45+2
Both sides are guilty of sloppy passing before a finally probe by Walcott down the right is dealt with by Yanga-Mbiwa. That's half-time and it's 0-0 here and 0-0 at White Hart Lane, too. Tense.

45+1
Walcott produces a dangerous ball that finds Podolski but he can't divert it goalwards. Sagna then loses out under pressure and it's a Newcastle goal-kick.

45
Free-kick for Arsenal 40 yards out as Ramsey slips before Tiote collides with him. Definite contact and not a pretty tackle but Ramsey was down anyway. Tough one to judge.

44
Arsenal finally build up some pressure but Ramsey's misguided pass allows Newcastle to break. Coloccini finds himself high up the field and loses the ball but another wasteful pass means Arsenal can't capitalise on his absence from the heart of the home defence.

43
Cazorla clips it towards the six-yard box and this time Harper has no trouble clearing. Yanga-Mbiwa can't find Cisse as the hosts try to break.

42
Tiote brings down Rosicky and Arsenal attack down the right. Walcott's cross is headed behind by Debuchy and Arsenal have a corner.

41
Podolski comes deep to get involved but his ball to Cazorla is ambitious and cut out easily. Soon after, Harper comes out to head clear with Walcott poised.

40
Ben Arfa dances past Gibbs and Cazorla, working space for a shot from just inside the area which fails to threaten the Arsenal goal, going high over the bar.

39
Credit to Webb, who takes the first opportunity to book Rosicky for a foul which happened two minutes ago. As play resumes, Arsenal break and Podolski thinks he's through, only to be called offside. He was - just.

38
Applause breaks out for Harper as the number 37 appears on the clock. He looks visibly moved by the standing ovation. Lovely stuff.

37
First Rosicky and then Ramsey foul Ben Arfa but Webb waves play on. Newcastle fans aren't best pleased and Rosicky is certainly fortunate not to be booked. Eventually, Cabaye shoots from 35 yards but Szczesny saves comfortably.

36
Free-kick for Arsenal as Cabaye brings down Podolski. They go short this time and again struggle to break down a resolute and organised defence.

35
Cabaye again takes it but Sagna this time steps in to clear. Cazorla then tries to find Walcott but he can't quite stretch to control the ball.

34
Cazorla attempts to thread the needle but his ball towards Walcott is cut out. Newcastle break and yet again Koscielny is called into action. This time his clearance is poor and Newcastle eventually win a corner thanks to Yanga-Mbiwa's hard work.

33
Szczesny collects the free-kick and Arsenal take control of the ball but they're yet to really get in behind the Newcastle full-backs.

32
Koscielny and Cisse are having a real battle and it's again the Arsenal centre-back who comes off best before Podosli fouls Debuchy on halfway.

31
Gibbs cuts inside and lays on a perfect pass for Cazorla, but the ball bobbles and the Spaniard's shot from 20 yards flies high and wide.

30
Much better from Arsenal as Rosicky breaks through, but his pass to Walcott is intercepted by Oxlade-Chamberlain who can't bring it under control. At White Hart Lane, Lloris has to make a big save for Spurs.

29
Mertesacker is now the Arsenal captain and his first act with the armband is to head clear under pressure from Gutierrez. Newcastle work space for a cross though and Koscielny again clears.

28
It's a corner Cazorla hoists clear as Oxlade-Chamberlain prepares to come on. Gibbs heads the ball out to allow that change and Arteta looks understandably disappointed.

27
Arteta is noticeably limping and Arsenal's gamble on the Spaniard's fitness won't be paying off. Before he comes off Newcastle have a corner.

26
Cabaye is given space to release Yanga-Mbiwa and Koscielny again leaps to Arsenal's rescue with a timely header clear.

25
Podolski wins a cheap free-kick as Podolski goes down under a challenge from Ben Arfa, who was too eager to win the ball back having lost it. Walcott takes and a clip off Coloccini sees the ball go just wide of Harper's post. Remarkably, a goal-kick is given.

24
Ramsey picks out Sagna with a fine pass but Walcott's cross is the blocked as Arsenal try to reassert after a quiet 15 minutes.

23
Cabaye takes it and Mertesacker does well to clear. His header falls to Walcott who is cynically fouled by Gutierrez when attempting to break. That's a yellow.

22
Better from Arsenal as Rosicky breaks before Tiote steps in to tackle him. Newcastle are the dominant side now and Koscielny is forced to concede a corner.

21
Penalty appeals at White Hart Lane are denied as Newcastle again attack down the right to no avail, as Koscielny tidies up.

20
Cisse heads on to Gouffran, who in turn lays off to Ben Arfa. Cabaye then tries to release Gutierrez but Sagna intercepts.

19
The free-kick is clipped in but Gibbs goes down in a packed area and Webb awards Arsenal a free-kick of their own. It was Taylor who brought him down.

18
Gutierrez is adjudged to have been fouled by Sagna and that's a free-kick to Newcastle on the left-hand side, just inside the Arsenal half.

17
Cazorla releases Gibbs but Taylor steps in ahead of Podolski to clear for Newcastle. Gutierrez then lines one up from range but it's weak and safely collected by Szczesny - he had better options.

16
Ben Arfa wins a header which briefly threatens to release Cisse, but again Koscielny is alive to the danger.

15
Cabaye plays a dangerous cross-field ball but it's dealt with by Sagna and Ramsey. Arsenal briefly struggling to get their creative influences on the ball. Meanwhile at Stamford Bridge, Everton are level.

14
Gouffran, who created that chance for Cisse, nips past Mertescacker and Sagna before firing a tame shot well wide. The hosts look dangerous on the break here.

13
Brilliant defending now from Koscielny who nips in to deny Cisse when a goal for the hosts looked certain. The Newcastle striker fouls him just after and Arsenal can breathe a sigh of relief.

12
Chance for Arsenal as Koscielny gets on the end of Cazorla's corner, but can only guide his glancing header a yard or two wide of Harper's post.

11
Yanga-Mbiwa goes in late on Walcott and that's a free-kick to Arsenal just inside the Newcastle half. Eventually they win a corner through Ramsey.

10
Sagna crosses but no Arsenal player is close and Debuchy can clear relatively comfortably. Arsenal get it back quickly but a careless ball from Ramsey costs them possession.

9
Howard Webb waves play on and Arsenal move quickly into the Newcastle half. Sagna wants a free-kick but neither the assistant nor Webb agree.

8
Those dreaming of a play-off for third dealt an early blow as Chelsea lead Everton thanks to Juan Mata's goal. Back at St James' Newcastle break but Cisse is a long way offside.

7
Big chance for Newcastle as Yanga-Mbiwa leaves Mertesacker standing before crossing to Cisse, who blasts over from close to the penalty spot.

6
Rosicky is too quick-footed for Tiote, who brings him down 40 yards out. The resulting free-kick falls to Walcott, who volleys over from 18 yards out. Half chance and nothing more but this is a decent start from Arsenal.

5
Coloccini was immense for Newcastle last week and quickly knocks Walcott off the ball as the England striker looked to get in behind. Newcastle take their first real opportunity to play it around but Gibbs wins it back for Arsenal.

4
The early pattern is Arsenal in control with Newcastle working hard to close them down. Gibbs finds space on the left but is adjudged to have used his hand to control the ball before Cisse is caught offside.

3
Lovely turn from Cazorla but Tiote recovers to win it back, before Cisse is penalised for a high-foot in the centre-circle. Arsenal waste the free-kick as Walcott can't bring the ball under control.

2
Cisse wins the day's first aerial battle, getting the better of Arteta, who was passed fit late on. However, Arsenal get it back and work Newcastle from side to side before Ramsey is forced to go backwards under pressure.

1
Newcastle get the game under way and there's an early touch for Steve Harper, making an emotional fairwell today.

1600
Interestingly, they're under way earlier at White Hart Lane....here we go.

1559
The teams are on the pitch as something I can only describe as funky blares from the PA system. We are moments away from kick-off.

1554
Substitutions could well prove key so let's run through the options at the respective managers' disposal. Newcastle bench: Alnwick, Simpson, Anita, Perch, Marveaux, Obertan, Campbell. Arsenal bench: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Wilshere, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Monreal.

Cian is sad at the end of an era. He says: "Hey. So disappointed to see the end of the BPL season and see so many legends retire! But I think Newcastle will come out and give Arsenal a good shock! 2-0 Newcastle."

1548
Needless to say, I'll be keeping you abreast of events at White Hart Lane where Tottenham are 1/4 shots to see off Sunderland. An early goal there could have an impact on Arsenal and stop them from playing the free-flowing football we saw in the second half of their win against Wigan earlier this week.

Sky Bet have Arsenal as their 8/15 favourites with 11/2 the price dangled about a win for the hosts. If you fancy a stalemate, that's 17/5. Meanwhile, in-form Theo Walcott is 11/2 to score first or 11/10 to score in the match, while among Sky Bet's many price boosts is Walcott to score first and Arsenal to win 2-0 at 40/1. I quite like the look of that.

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More feedback than Santana's guitar - thanks! I'm just going to gather together some betting news from our friends at Sky Bet.

Rob Thomas (yet to confirm whether it's the Rob Thomas whose vocals made Carlos Santana's Smooth such a smash-hit) says: "Toon 3 Arsenal 0. We have nothing to play for so it will be fun for us, all the pressure is on them to get a result, they will be watching other scores while trying to win this."

Farai says: "I'm a Gooner. Hoping for Arsenal to win and get third today if Chelsea slip up!!" Will is also hopeful, writing: "I hope Arsenal will get a Champions League spot by the end of today - it will be hard but I reckon with the team we have we can do it."

Chris is expecting a tense opening 20 minutes. He writes: "Arsenal have been very fast out of the traps lately scoring early goals. I think Newcastle will be very tight for the opening 20mins with that in mind but the Gunners will get through at some point, hopefully Theo doing the damage."

More positive vibes from the Arsenal end this time courtesy of Dominic, who says: "Think Arsenal will have an easy game today, despite the pressure. Arsenal to win 4-1. Come on Arsenal!"

Ben thinks the sporting gods are on the side of Newcastle, though. He says: "Sorry all you Arsenal fans but this is Steve Harper's last game and it's fate he is in goal today after 20 years. I see 2-1 to the Toon. Thanks Harps you legend!"

Adam writes: "Newcastle have been really poor throughout this season, losing 7-0 against Liverpool at home when we still had to fight for survival and they really had nothing left to fight for was absolutely horrendous. Arsenal will walk all over us today."

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So, how does this one play out? Arsenal have won seven and drawn two of their last nine but Newcastle arrive having sealed survival last week with a rare away win. Let me know what you think by emailing me at benjamin.coley@bskyb.com.

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Newcastle team: Harper; Debuchy, S Taylor, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Gouffran. Arsenal team: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Rosicky, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski.

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Hello and welcome to live coverage of Newcastle v Arsenal at St James' Park. It's a huge day for the latter as they bid for the win that would seal a Champions League spot and with rivals Tottenham hosting Sunderland, you would expect they'll need all three points.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
12:45
West Ham v Man City Live
15:00
Liverpool v Hull City
So'ton v Stoke
S'land v Arsenal
W Brom v C Palace
17:30
Swansea v Leicester
Sunday, 26 October 2014
13:30
Burnley v Everton
Tottenham v Newcastle  
16:00
Man Utd v Chelsea
Monday, 27 October 2014
20:00
QPR v A Villa  
Saturday, 01 November 2014
12:45
Newcastle v Liverpool  
15:00
Arsenal v Burnley  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 8 15 22
2 Man City 8 10 17
3 So'ton 8 14 16
4 West Ham 8 4 13
5 Liverpool 8 1 13
6 Man Utd 8 3 12
7 Arsenal 8 2 11
8 Swansea 8 1 11
9 Tottenham 8 -1 11
10 Stoke 8 -1 11
11 Hull City 8 0 10
12 A Villa 8 -8 10
13 Everton 8 0 9
14 W Brom 8 -1 9
15 Leicester 8 -2 9
16 C Palace 8 -3 8
17 S'land 8 -7 8
18 Newcastle 8 -6 7
19 Burnley 8 -9 4
20 QPR 8 -12 4

Updated Thu, 23 Oct 2014

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