The Premier League returns this weekend after a two-week international break. Arsenal’s first game after the break is a trip to Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.
The home side have made a woeful start to their Premier League campaign this season, having failed to win any of their four league games, while suffering three defeats in the process.
The Magpies have struggled to keep the opposition out, as the north east side has conceded at least two goals in three of their four league games this season. The home side’s poor form started at the back end of last season. Due to that poor form, Rafa Benitez’s side has now lost seven of their last nine top-flight games.
The home side’s usually decent home record has dipped slightly of late, as they have lost three of their last four league outings at St James Park.
Arsenal have enjoyed mixed fortunes so far this season. The Gunners started their Premier League campaign with defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea before recording wins over West Ham and Cardiff.
The visitor’s recent top-flight record is highly inconsistent, as they have won five and lost five of their last ten Premier League games.
The Gunners have now won two of their last three away games in the Premier League. However, the two wins are the north London side’s only victories in their last 11 away games in the Premier League.
Arsenal’s recent away games in the Premier League have been high scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in six of their last seven games on their travels. A big factor in those high scoring games is the Gunners poor defensive displays, as the team from north London has conceded at least two goals in six of their last seven away games in the top-flight.
Newcastle are without centre-back Florian Lejeune due to injury, while Jonjo Shelvey, Javier Manquillo and Matt Ritchie are all fitness doubts.
Arsenal continues to be without defensive trio Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Laurent Koscielny due to injury, while central midfielder Lucas Torreira remains an injury doubt.
Arsenal are favourites at odds of 10/11 to record a victory in this clash, while the draw is odds of 14/5 and Newcastle are odds of 16/5.
Arsenal will be confident of recording a victory in this clash. However, with their recent away form in the top-flight not being the best, the Gunners cannot afford any complacency.
Will Arsenal record a win at Newcastle on Saturday?