AFTER going three Premier League matches and not using a win, Arsenal will hope to return to kind this weekend towards struggling Newcastle United.
The guests to the Emirates are on a poor run of kind, failing to win of their final eight video games, shedding seven of them.
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That’s seen them drop to 16th within the desk, simply three factors forward of bottom-of-the-league Swansea.
The Gunners sit in seventh, with 30 factors, however are only one level off Tottenham in fourth.
Newcastle’s final win at Arsenal got here in October 2010, and there’s little question the house facet are the favourites.
Kick-off on Saturday is at 3pm, and the sport isn’t being proven on UK TV.
Our pals at Soccer Whispers have previewed the sport, the place it might be received and misplaced.
Key battle: Lascelles vs Arsenal entrance line
There is no such thing as a doubt that Newcastle’s defence is much more stable with captain Jamaal Lascelles within the group.
When their captain’s performed this season, they’ve conceded a objective each 104 minutes, but within the 612 minutes the place he hasn’t featured, they’ve let one in each 32 minutes – a transparent drop off with out the previous Nottingham Forest man within the facet.
And the 24-year-old is now again from damage, having performed 90 minutes of their 1-Zero midweek loss to Everton.
He can have a tricky process towards an Arsenal entrance three, prone to be made up of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette, regardless of the Frenchman being rested in midweek to let Olivier Giroud make his first Premier League begin of the season.
Between the Gunners’ entrance three, they’ve 14 Premier League targets between them this season and might be an actual risk.
Potential match-winners: Lacazette and Gayle
Not solely has Lacazette scored probably the most targets for Arsenal within the Premier League this season (eight), he additionally has the very best anticipated targets (xG) fee too (eight.42).
That means he’s the more than likely Arsenal participant to attain and can doubtless be match and prepared after being rested for the midweek recreation towards West Ham United.
For Newcastle, their finest hope of getting a objective will certainly be Dwight Gayle.
After a poor begin to the season, the place he failed to attain, the 27-year-old is now the Magpies’ high scorer, alongside Joselu, with three.
He’s already scored towards large groups this season, netting the opener towards Manchester United and Chelsea, however Rafa Benitez will hope that his group may hold on if Gayle repeats the feat towards Arsenal, somewhat than see them fall to a defeat as they did towards the Crimson Devils and the Blues.
Arsene Wenger lined up with a Four-2-Three-1 towards West Ham in midweek, however it will be a shock if he doesn’t return to the Three-Four-Three he has used for the remainder of the season.
Benitez has been tempted with a Four-Four-2 in current weeks to ease his group’s goalscoring woes, however that didn’t deliver a lot success in any respect.
He switched again to a Four-2-Three-1 towards Everton within the week, and though the Magpies misplaced, he’ll in all probability keep on with the formation which he undoubtedly trusts extra.
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How the groups are prone to be arrange
Arsenal may see Shkodran Mustafi restored to the beginning lineup after he returned to coaching on Friday. Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott may even miss out by means of damage.
Arsenal (Three–Four-Three): Cech; Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Coquelin, Kolasinac; Ozil, Lacazette, Sanchez
Jonjo Shelvey will miss the sport after being despatched off towards Everton, however apart from that, Benitez has a full squad to choose from.
Newcastle United (Four-2-Three-1): Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Merino, Hayden; Ritchie, Perez, Atsu; Gayle
Key stats heading into the sport
Arsenal have misplaced simply as soon as on the Emirates within the Premier League this season, successful the opposite seven video games.
No different participant within the English high flight has acquired extra yellow playing cards than Isaac Hayden’s six.
Arsenal have received their final 9 Premier League ties with Newcastle, a run that stretches again to August 2011.