Arsenal hopes to return to their winning line in the Premier League campaign at home to Newcastle United on Monday night after being held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace on Thursday, while Newcastle will be hoping to come in with a fight after a 1-0 defeat away to Sheffield United on Tuesday.
The draw against Crystal Palace left Mikel Arteta’s men in the 11th position in the table, this is 8 points of the top four, and it is difficult to imagine that the F.A cup giants are battling at this stage to be in the top four of the Premier League after losing out on Champions League matches for many years in a row.
Although winning four out of five matches shows that there is progress in the North London side’s camp including the recent 2-0 F.A cup win over Newcastle, last weekend, and records shows that Arsenal have actually won 14 out of their last 15 games against the Magpies who have lost all of their last 8 away games to the gunners, this could predict a home win for the Gunners when they take on Newcastle, on Monday night.
Painfully, this season, Arsenal has lost league points to teams like Leicester City, Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burnley to mention a few, and the match against Steve Bruce’s men poses a similar slippery fixture. We have to be at our top game and form.
Meanwhile, Newcastle will be coming into the match off the back of a defeat to Sheffield United who recorded their first win of the season through a penalty from Billy Sharp. Newcastle played with 1 man down for most of the match when Ryan Fraser was sent off at Bramall Lane after a disappointing performance that continues to pile pressure on head coach Steve Bruce.
Arsenal will be without Central Defender Pablo Mari on Monday night, while Gabriel Martinelli remains a doubt since having an ankle problem while training on the sideline, but has been making progress towards recovery.
It has been said that Scottish Player, Kieran Tierney could be on the starting lineup after a scan was believed to have shown that he has not suffered any serious damage to his calf.
There’s faith that Gabriel Mangalehes and Thomas Partey could be pushed into the starting lineup for today’s fixture as both haven’t featured in a full match for a long time.
The Magpies will be without Ryan Fraser due to a red card suspension, Allan Saint-Maximin has returned to training but is still not available, Paul Dummet is available for Selection, but Jamal Lewis, Federico Fernandez, Jonjo Shelvey, and Jamaal Lascelles will have to be assessed for the Magpies.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey, Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Schar, Clark, Dummett; Almiron, Hendrick, S Longstaff, Joelinton; Wilson
Arsenal had the opportunity to get the result at home against Palace but were uninspiring. Hopefully, we turn up against Newcastle and make it two in Rowe against them at the Emirates.
Arsenal 3—1 Newcastle
Match Preview by Adeyemo Adesola