ARSENAL face their next tough test in the Premier League this weekend – a visit to the North East to take on high-flying Newcastle
Mikel Arteta’s side surrendered the advantage in the title race after losing 4-1 at Etihad Manchester City last week.
The Magpies host the Gunners at St James’ Park on Sunday and have plenty to offer.
Eddie Howe’s side are fighting not only for a place in the Champions League, but also for third place.
The club are currently two points clear of fourth-placed Manchester United and a win would give them a huge boost.
Arsenal go into the game after a brilliant 3-1 win over London rivals Chelsea.
The win was a huge boost for Mikel Arteta’s side who have failed to win any of their previous four games.
The result of such poor form has led them to hand promotion to the Premier League over to Manchester City.
The Citizens beat Leeds on Saturday and are now four points ahead of the Gunners ahead of kick-off at St James’ Park.
The Gunners are expected to remain absent for the Newcastle game. He missed the Chelsea game and Arteta put him on a wait and see message.
Gabriel Magalhaes could also miss the game after injuring his ankle against Chelsea, leaving Arsenal short of defenders.
Arteta may have to rely on Rob Holding and Jakub Kiwior’s partnership.
Takehiro Tomiyasu and Mohamed Elneny are also out with long-term injuries.
However, the Magpies have been bolstered by the return of Sean Longstaff and Allan Saint-Maximin.
But he still has to do without long-term injured Emil Kraft.
Martin Odegaard was in top form for the Gunners against Chelsea and was unlucky not to score a hat-trick in the London derby.
The club captain has contributed to 21 goals in the Premier League this season with 14 goals and seven assists.
He will face Newcastle star Bruno Guimaraes, who has been just as important to the Magpies.
Although he’s not just a defender and will also try to create potentially fragile backline problems for Arsenal with his passing range.
The midfielder is instructed to contain Odegaard and limit his influence on the team.
Arsenal win a five-goal thriller 3-2.
When do Arsenal play Newcastle?
- Arsenal’s big clash with Newcastle takes place on TODAY Sunday, May 7th.
- The game will kick off at 4.30pm UK time.
- Newcastle vs Arsenal takes place at St James’ Park.
- The two sides played a 0-0 draw at the Emirates earlier this season.
What channel is this and can it be streamed live?
- Newcastle vs Arsenal is broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Football.
- You can stream the action live via the NOW TV or Sky Go app, both available to download to your phone or tablet.
- Newcastle – 11/8
- Tie – 5/2
- Arsenal – 9/5
*Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.