- Newcastle vs Arsenal will kick off at 2030EAT on Saturday.
- The Gunners have won on eight of their last 10 visits to St. James Park.
- Newcastle have won just one of their last 10 league games against Arsenal, failing to score on eight occasions in that run.
The last season fourth place finishers might have gotten off to a slow start in the 23/24 campaign after losing three of their opening four league games, but the Geordies have managed to turn around those fortunes having now gone on a six-game unbeaten streak (W4 D2).
The team are also in confident mood now following their giant-slaying 0-3 victory over Manchester United in the Carabao Cup fourth round match played during the week.
However, the team currently in sixth place will face a daunting task when Arsenal, who are one of the only two remaining unbeaten sides in the league, come visiting in their backyard.
The Mikel Arteta-coached side are also likely to come guns blazing at them as they seek to respond to their disappointing exit from the Carabao Cup after being handed a 3-0 defeat against West Ham.
What’s more, Newcastle have beaten Arsenal just once in the last eleven games played in all competitions (L8 D2), highlighting the challenge they will be up against.
Just who will emerge on top in this huge clash. Here is everything you need to know.
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What time does Newcastle vs Arsenal start?
The game is scheduled to kick off at 8:30pm EAT at St. James Park.
Newcastle vs Arsenal Team News
Newcastle have been struggling with injuries of late, with Matt Targett damaging a hamstring in the opening 90 seconds on Wednesday to add to Howe’s headaches. Sven Botman (knee) and Alexander Isak (groin) are being monitored, and Fabian Schar has been dealing with illness this week.
Sandro Tonali is banned for the rest of the season, while fellow summer recruit Harvey Barnes (toe) as well as Elliott Anderson (back) are out until the festive fixtures, while Jacob Murphy is sidelined with a dislocated shoulder.
On the other side, Arteta will once again be unable to select Gabriel Jesus, Jurrien Timber and Thomas Partey, with Emile Smith Rowe set to also miss a few weeks with a knee issue that kept him out in midweek.
Martin Odegaard is expected to be fine to return to the team after Arteta admitted he was managing his minutes due to the skipper dealing with a hip problem.
Newcastle vs Arsenal head-to-head
Traditionally, Arsenal trips to St James’ Park have been incredibly fruitful as the Gunners have won on eight of their last 10 visits, and only Manchester United have won more Premier League away games against Newcastle than the 13 they have.
Arsenal have also kept 30 Premier League clean sheets against the Magpies, the most one side has kept against another in the competition’s history.
On the other hand, Newcastle have won just one of their last 10 league games against Arsenal, failing to score on eight occasions in that run.
The Geordies will however take confidence in the fact that they are unbeaten in their last six league games (W4 D2), scoring at least twice in each of the last five. They last scored 2+ goals in six consecutive Premier League games between August and October 2004.
Newcastle vs Arsenal Current Form
Howe’s men go into the clash riding high on confidence after knocking Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup with an impressive 0-3 win.
Arsenal on the other hand are hurting after also being knocked out of the same cup competition by West Ham.
Newcastle vs Arsenal Prediction
The two sides have whatever it takes to edge the clash on their day. While Newcastle will be seeking to continue with their upward trajectory, Arsenal are tipped to be slight favourites going into the match.
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