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Preview: Arsenal vs. Newcastle United - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Premier League clash between Arsenal and Newcastle United, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

After their 10-game unbeaten run in all tournaments came to a bitter end at Anfield, Arsenal will aim to return to winning ways during Saturday's Premier League lunchtime battle with Newcastle United.

The Gunners went down 4-0 to Liverpool last time out, while the Eddie Howe reign at Newcastle began with a thrilling 3-3 stalemate against Brentford.


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Mikel Arteta in charge of Arsenal in November 2021© Reuters

There is still a long way to go for this youthful Arsenal side, as evidenced by their humbling at the hands of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, and the scoreline could have been even more embarrassing for the Gunners had it not been for the heroics of Aaron Ramsdale.

However, the Englishman's resolve was eventually broken through a Sadio Mane header which he would have been frustrated not to save, and Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Takumi Minamino would complete the rout for a ruthless Liverpool in the second half.

A resurgent Arsenal missed the chance to rise into the top four last weekend, but Mikel Arteta's side remain fifth in the rankings amid their turnaround in fortunes - three points behind West Ham United following their defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Arsenal's -4 goal difference certainly does not embody that of a side with aspirations of a European return, but home is where the heart is for the Gunners, who have taken 13 points from the last 15 on offer at the Emirates Stadium.

In fact, Arsenal boast the joint-best home record this year alongside Manchester City and Chelsea - the latter being the only team to beat their capital counterparts in North London so far this season - and they have never lost a home game versus the side starting the gameweek at the bottom of the table.

Eddie Howe Press Conference© Reuters

A bout of COVID-19 prevented Eddie Howe from taking his place in the dugout for his first game in charge of Newcastle, but unfortunately for him, the opening 45 minutes of the 43-year-old's reign against Brentford were truly unmissable.

Jamaal Lascelles and Joelinton both netted for the Magpies either side of Ivan Toney and Rico Henry's efforts, and none other than Allan Saint-Maximin would be the saviour for Newcastle with his 75th-minute equaliser after Lascelles's own goal.

A spectacular watch for the neutrals ended in another less-than-satisfactory result for Newcastle, though, with the Magpies still winless in the 2021-22 Premier League and sitting rock bottom of the rankings - five points adrift of safety - as a result.

Howe's men are the only team in the top four English divisions yet to pick up a victory this season, but one area they can boast a stronger record than Arsenal is goals, with the Gunners notching up 13 top-flight strikes this season while Newcastle boast 15.

Such a record may pale into insignificance this weekend, though, as Arsenal have won the last six meetings between the teams without conceding a goal, and not since 2014 have the Magpies found the back of the net at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal Premier League form:
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L

Arsenal form (all competitions):
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L

Newcastle United Premier League form:
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • D



Team News

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney pictured in January 2021© Reuters

Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns to contend with for this game, and Arteta has given the hosts a major boost over Granit Xhaka (knee), who could now be in line for a return before the calendar year ends.

Sead Kolasinac continues to recuperate from his serious ankle problem, but there should be a change at left-back regardless, with Kieran Tierney displacing Nuno Tavares after the Portuguese's nervy Anfield display.

Other than Tierney's reintroduction, it should be as you were for the Gunners, as Albert Sambi Lokonga continues to hold his place in midfield despite pressure from Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

As for Newcastle, Fabian Schar had to be taken off with a hamstring strain against Brentford, so Emil Krafth may be drafted into the defence if Howe sticks with a three-man rearguard.

Joe Willock has lost his goalscoring touch but will aim to start against his former club - the same goes for Isaac Hayden - and it would not be surprising to see Martin Dubravka return in between the sticks.

Paul Dummett is the only definite absentee for the visitors, while Dwight Gayle is doubtful with a thigh issue, and Howe will be in the dugout after recovering from coronavirus.

Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Saka, Partey, Lokonga, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang, Lacazette

Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Dubravka; Krafth, Lascelles, Clark; Murphy, Willock, Hayden, Ritchie; Joelinton, Wilson, Saint-Maximin


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We say: Arsenal 3-1 Newcastle United

Goals are there to be had at the Emirates on Saturday, as Newcastle are always threatening when Saint-Maximin is on the ball, but their abysmal defensive record speaks for itself.

Arsenal have consistently produced in front of their own supporters this season, and with or without Howe in the dugout, we cannot see the winless Magpies springing any surprises here.



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