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| sbo666 Newcastle host a resurgent Arsenal side at St James’ Park, as the Magpies hope to continue their impressive recent home form and stop the Gunners’ on their tracks.
Arsenal travels to face Newcastle United in the Premier League and are looking to continue their recent form which has seen the Gunners’ register six wins and a draw in seven games in all competitions. Arsenal however, are the only side in the Premier League which is yet to pick a point away from home in 2018. Such has been he gunners’ form away this season and they would not want to prolong that unwanted record.
Newcastle, meanwhile have become a tight team at home, especially defensively, as they have conceded only 5 goals in their last nine games at St James’ Park. In that process, they have registered clean sheets in their last three here, and another one against Arsenal would put them in a strong position on the table against bottom half teams. Newcastle look like they will avoid relegation this season, as they sit 10-points ahead of 17th placed, Southampton.
Arsenal on the other hand have technically lost the race to complete a top-four finish this season, but will be hoping to catch Chelsea in fifth to finish their season on a high note. With no more pressure in the League, Arsene Wenger will be expected to focus all his energies towards the Europa League semi-finals more than the Premier League. This could mean more chances for Arsenal’s youngsters to play.
Team News & TacticsNewcastle UnitedManager Rafael Benitez for once has a full squad at his disposal. He has had some injury and suspension concerns in the last few matches, but will be able to field a full strength team against Arsenal. Jesus Gamez is the only absentee in this team as he still recovers from his long-term injury. sbo666
Benitez has been focusing on the defence of his team, which has performed admirably in the last eight or nine games they have played. His team has kept things tight at the back and Benitez will expect another good show at the back against Arsenal, who might lack a few players in attack.
ArsenalThe general understanding is that Arsene Wenger will be focusing more on his team’s Europa League campaign than the Premier League, which could see him rest some big name stars for the Newcastle game and instead give further opportunities to youngsters like he did against Southampton.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is one major concern for Wenger. The Armenian hasn’t played since suffering a knee ligament injury against CSKA in the first leg. David Ospina too, is yet to recover from the training injury suffered before the same game. Other members include Santi Cazorla who hasn’t played at all this season and is not expected to do so.
Granit Xhaka missed the second leg tie in Russia due to illness, but it is still unclear if he would be fit for the Newcastle game. Wenger on the other hand could again hand starts to youngsters, after letting Reiss Nelson make his full Premier League debut in the win over Southampton last weekend. sbo666