On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal travel to in-form Newcastle in the Premier League, as the home side seek one more victory to secure their top-flight status.
Newcastle have moved away from the relegation zone with a three-game winning run of late in the Premier League. The Magpies are now ten points clear of the drop zone and look to be safe from the drop.
A 2-1 win away at Leicester in their last Premier League outing displayed the Magpies recent confidence.
Rafa Benitez’s team have a strong recent record at St James Park in the league, as the Magpies are unbeaten in six home games, having won their three Premier League games on home soil.
The north east side have looked strong in defence of late in the top-flight at home, having kept clean sheets in their last three outings in the league.
Arsenal heads into this game on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions, six of which have finished in Gunners victories.
Arsene Wenger’s side has won their last three games in the Premier League to move within three points of fifth-place Chelsea. However, all three of those games were at the Emirates Stadium.
The north London clubs away record in the Premier League is poor, as they have failed to win in their last five outings on their travels while suffering defeat in their last four away games in the league.
The visitors have also conceded two or more goals in three of their last four games on their travels in the top-flight.
The Gunners recent Premier League games have been goal-filled, with over 2.5 goals scored in ten of their last 11 top-flight games, including their last four games in the league.
Newcastle a have near clean bill of health, with only Spanish full-back Jesus Gamez ruled out through injury.
The visitors will be without midfielders Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Santi Cazorla due to injury, while backup goalkeeper David Ospina, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka are all doubts for the clash. Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return to the starting line-up after missing Thursday night’s draw with CSKA Moscow due to being eligible.
Arsenal are the favourites to win this clash at odds of 5/4, while Newcastle are odds of 9/4 and the draw is odds of 13/5.
The Gunners have little to play for in the Premier League. However, the north London side needs to keep a positive momentum, with the semi-finals of the Europa League against Atletico Madrid coming up in a few weeks’ time.
Will Arsenal end their recent poor away form at Newcastle?