Arsenal will look to bounce back from consecutive Premier League draws on Saturday afternoon, as the Gunners welcome Newcastle to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger’s side drew 0-0 with West Ham last time out, which followed a 1-1 draw at Southampton. The draws have seen the Gunners slip to seventh in the table, although they are still just a point behind Tottenham, who currently occupy fourth spot.
Coupled with a 3-1 defeat by Manchester United prior to the draws, Arsenal have picked up just two points from their last three outings in the English top-flight.
The Gunners home record remains strong, though, despite defeat against United in their last home game. The north London side have still won 12 of their last 13 home games in the top-flight, while also keeping clean sheets in eight of those outings.
Newcastle heads to the capital in terrible form. The Magpies are currently 16th place in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone. The north east sides position has not been helped by the fact that they have lost seven of their last eight league games.
Last time out, Rafa Benitez’s side suffered a 1-0 home defeat against resurgent Everton. The visitors have at least offered some value for money when it comes to entertainment of late, as there have been over 2.5 goals scored in five of their last six league games, with the Everton game the exception.
The visitors have a terrible away record in the Premier League, stretching over two stints in the top-flight. The north east side have won just one of their last 19 away games in the English top-flight.
Benitez’s side have been poor at the back of late in their away games, conceding at least two goals in four of their last five away games in the top-flight.
Arsenal will once again be without Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, while winger Theo Walcott is also expected to miss out due to injury. However, German defender Shkodran Mustafi is back in training and may feature.
For Newcastle, midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is suspended after a red card against Everton, while full-back Paul Dummett is still a fitness doubt after recovering from injury.
Unsurprisingly Arsenal are favourites to win this clash at odds of 1/ 4, while the draw is 11/2 and the visitors are a massive 13/1 to record a victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal will be very confident of bouncing back from three very disappointing results in this one, as the visitors have been woeful of late.
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