Arsenal v Newcastle: Preview and Team News
Arsenal are aiming for a tenth successive home league win. Curiously, after last dropping Premier League (PL) home points on Nov 11 against Wolves.
Furthermore, the Gunners have yet to drop points at home in 2019 with Manchester City only one matching their record.
Arsenal are on six games winning streak against Newcastle with 18 goals and conceding five in the process.
Mesut Ozil has been a thorn in Newcastle side with three goals and an assist in the last four games against the ‘Toons.’
Alexander Lacazette has scored the majority of his goals at home with a 73% scoring rate comparison of his goals.
Newcastle’s last two away games have seen them concede a penalty in the games.
Newcastle are making it successive 1-0 defeats here for the ‘Magpies’ and a third loss to-nil in four visits.
Newcastle’s away PL record against top-six teams this season sees them P5, L5, but four of those
Arsenal Lucas Torreira is suspended but Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal while Bellerin, Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck still out.
Newcastle manager Benitez revealed that some players had knocks but will look into their fitness with international players back.
“We have some knocks but Sean Longstaff is the only player who is injured for us at the moment. Schär has had another test this morning and he was fine, training with the team.
“Today, we have had (Christian) Atsu, (DeAndre) Yedlin and (Miguel) Almirón coming back from international duty. We will need to make sure that they are fine tomorrow.