Match Preview: Arsenal v Newcastle Utd (Premier League)
Unbeaten Newcastle travel to the Emirates this weekend after a midweek Carling Cup extra-time win over Coventry. Confidence is growing on Tyneside with Kevin Keegan’s new signings making a big impression.
However, they should face an Arsenal side determined to get back on track in front of their own fans after a surprising 1-0 defeat at Fulham last weekend. Luckily for them, their recent home record against the Magpies is particularly strong.
Newcastle have recorded just one League win over the Gunners in the last 13 encounters. This run includes 7 defeats and 5 draws. However, the Gunners haven’t had it all their own way in recent League clashes as 3 of the last 4 matches have ended in draws.
Despite this, the Toon haven’t enjoyed too many trips to the red side of North London in recent times. They’ve lost 5 and drawn 1 of their last 6 visits whilst their last win was back in 2001. Shay Given is the only Newcastle survivor from that 3-1 win whilst none of the present Arsenal squad were involved. That win was the Magpies only away win against the Gunners in the last 11 years.
Arsenal Team News
Cesc Fabregas makes a welcome return into the starting line-up after his midweek exploits against FC Twente. Kolo Toure and Theo Walcott look set to brush off slight knocks sustained earlier in the week.
New signing Mikael Silvestre will not feature because of a thigh muscle strain, while Philippe Senderos has completed his move to AC Milan on loan.
Abou Diaby (thigh), Amaury Bischoff (groin), Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) and striker Eduardo (leg) remain in recovery.
Predicted Starting XI
Sagna – Toure – Gallas – Clichy
Walcott – Fabregas – Denilson – Nasri
Adebayor – Van Persie
Match Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle Utd
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