- Arsenal has won their last six matches against Newcastle United
- Newcastle has lost three of its last four matches, conceding nine goals
- Olivier Giroud has nine goals in his last 11 games
With the Gunners spirited but nevertheless out of the Champions League, the team can now focus on retaining that status. Liverpool is scorching hot and just three points adrift of the Gunners, while Manchester United is a measly point back.
So this week is all about getting back on the horse against Newcastle at St. James Park on Saturday (Watch live, 11:00 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra). Arsenal has torched the Magpies in recent history, with six wins in their last six, and they could use all three points now more than ever.
Arsene Wenger has no new injury concerns for the Gunners, while Newcastle is going to be without Fabricio Coloccini as their captain serves a three-match ban for his sending off last weekend. Many expect Daryl Janmaat to deputize in the center of the pitch. The Coloccini suspension leaves Newcastle with just 13 outfield players fit and available for the match as they look to turn around a poor stretch of results.
What they’re saying:
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on full-backs: “When you look back at the positive results of the team you always realise that you have great full-backs. That is a vital part in any successful team. Today they are dangerous going forward. They have crucial, important decisions to make defensively, and they contribute in a reliable way to the defensive efficiency. It’s probably one of the most important positions in the team.”
Newcastle manager John Carver on future captaincy: “Since I took over this situation [Tim Krul] has been one of the leaders. He’s been one of the big characters. He is certainly one who drives the team. He’s got an opinion too, which is great and he speaks up for himself.”
Arsenal is looking to pounce on a Newcastle side that is struggling for consistency. The Magpies have looked defensively sound at home, but still truly struggle to score. The Gunners eek out a nervy but vital three points by a 2-1 scoreline.