The Premier League season got underway last night, with Liverpool looking about as good as everyone expected them to look against Norwich City. The Canaries put up a bit of a fight in the second half and even managed to score, but in the end, the Reds were just far too powerful for them – and it showed. Of course, that’s got nothing to do with the Gunners, who are set to dive headfirst into EPL action tomorrow afternoon when they travel north to take on Newcastle United.
The Gunners are heading into this game off the back of a really strong summer transfer window, and while there are still a few areas that need to be strengthened, this is a great base to build on for the club. The expectations are a little bit higher now than they were just a few weeks ago, too, which could add a really interesting element to the next few months of action for them.
We assume the confidence is going to be fairly high, as it always is when the new season gets underway. Last time out they had a baptism of fire to deal with in the form of Manchester City and Chelsea in their first two games, but this time, it doesn’t seem as if it’s going to be quite so stressful. That’s not a knock on Newcastle, but let’s face it, they aren’t in the best of states right now.
Here they come
With that being said, we can picture the Magpies treating this as a cup final. They know that their backs are against the wall after Steve Bruce came in to replace Rafa Benitez, and they know that they need a big result to ensure some positivity returns to the club. One good result isn’t going to do that, but Bruce would love nothing more than to pull a rabbit out of his hat on the opening weekend (if only to shove it in the face of his haters).
We still think Arsenal should be easing towards a fairly comfortable victory here, but they need to be careful about how Newcastle are going to play straight out of the gate. If they come flying out of the blocks, then that will really test the new boys at the back for the Gunners. It’s all about patience and picking your moment.
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