Ace Football previews the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United, and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
A return to winning ways is the target for Arsenal and Newcastle United as they prepare to square off at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.
Both clubs have endured disappointing starts to their respective Premier League campaigns, having failed to break into the top 10. Arsenal, for instance, sit 11th in the standings on 24 points from 18 matches, while 15th-placed Newcastle are five points behind with a game in hand.
The two sides previously met in an FA Cup third-round tie on January 9 at the same venue. Emile Smith-Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goals sealed a 2-0 win for Arsenal after extra-time, extending their winning streak over Newcastle to five wins in a row across all competitions.
Arsenal Form & Stats
On the back of a lackluster 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace last time out, along with an abysmal home record, Arsenal have a point to prove. They’ve won just three times at the Emirates out of nine attempts (D2 L4) and boast the Premier League’s sixth-worst scoring record on 20 goals.
Mikel Arteta admitted his side ‘lacked the final quality’ after the Palace draw, and he wasn’t wrong. Even the likes of Bukayo Saka and Smith Rowe appeared stifled against a well-marshaled Eagles’ defense. Alexandre Lacazette, who scored in the club’s last four league games, was ineffective; as was Aubameyang down the left.
Kieran Tierney’s possible return, however, would be a boost for Arteta. The full-back has returned to training and will be assessed on Monday. Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli, meanwhile, is available for selection again.
But while the Gunners haven’t been so convincing in the attack, they have kept four clean sheets in a row. A five-match unbeaten run (W4 D1), along with a brilliant head-to-head record against Newcastle, should make them confident.
Key Team Stats
- Won 4 of their last 5 games in all competitions (D1).
- Kept clean sheets in their last 4 games in all competitions.
- Won 14 of their last 15 league games against Newcastle United (L1).
- Haven’t suffered more than 4 home defeats in a season since 1994/95.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in each of his 3 games against Newcastle.
Newcastle United Form & Stats
A 1-0 defeat to bottom-placed side Sheffield United last week was the last thing Steve Bruce needed. The pressure is hitting a boiling point, with the club losing six of their last eight games (D2) in all competitions. Their last victory was a 2-1 home triumph over West Brom on December 12.
Newcastle have only collected two points since then in the Premier League. They’ve also suffered FA Cup and EFL Cup exits to Arsenal and Championship side Brentford respectively, capping off an otherwise terrible month.
Bruce favored a defensive approach at Sheffield, with Callum Wilson missing their only chance in the first half. Ryan Fraser’s sending off before the break practically finished them. A 10-man Newcastle defended deep afterward and nearly nicked a point, only for Billy Sharp to score a 78th-minute penalty after Federico Fernandez’s handball.
The four-time English champions are, however, seven points clear of the relegation zone in 15th. They’ve also previously held Tottenham and Liverpool to draws and would be content with a similar result in north London.
Key Team Stats
- Winless in their last 8 games in all competitions (D2 L6).
- Lost their last 5 away games in all competitions.
- Only scored once in their last 6 games in all competitions.
- Lost their last 8 away league games against Arsenal.
- Steve Bruce is winless in his 17 visits to Arsenal as a coach in all competitions (D4 L13).
Out: Pablo Mari.
Doubts: Kieran Tierney.
Out: Allan Saint-Maximin, Ryan Fraser.
Doubts: Jamal Lewis, Federico Fernandez.
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Top Goalscorers in the Premier League
Head-To-Head Record (Premier League)
Below are some head-to-head stats on each team’s recent form in the Premier League.