After a tough opening four games, things don’t get any easier for Newcastle.
Arsenal head to St James’ Park, with Unai Emery looking to make it three wins in their last three games.
The Gunners lost their opening two games, falling to Manchester City then Chelsea.
On paper, it looks like a fixture that Newcastle really don’t need. Out of four games so far, Newcastle have played three of the league’s best sides. Now, the best of the rest are set to arrive in the North East.
However, it is not all doom and gloom with Emery and co heading north.
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Arsenal have won their previous two games against West Ham and Cardiff.
However, in both games Arsenal have shown signs of weakness.
If the Hammers had been more ruthless, they would have got something out of the game. As for Cardiff, they were able to peg Arsenal back twice before falling to a 3-2 defeat.
Arsenal are clearly getting better, but they are far from the finished article.
In a few weeks time, Emery might have his side playing exactly how he wants them to. But for now, there are still cracks in this Arsenal side; cracks that Newcastle can certainly exploit.
This may be a tough game on the face of it, but it’s the most winnable of the difficult games Newcastle have had so far this season.
Last time the sides met, Newcastle’s passion and intensity was too much for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. Will it be the same story for an Emery-led side?