Newcastle return to Premier League action this weekend against Arsenal, which will be another tough task for Rafa Benitez.

The Magpies do not have a good recent record against the Gunners, but are unbeaten in the past one game against the North London side.

Newcastle have had some good results against the big sides at home in recent years, but Arsenal have always been a tough nut to crack.

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Here is what happened in Newcastle’s past five home games against Arsenal:

2017/18, Newcastle 2 Arsenal 1

The Magpies have a poor record against Arsenal, but they were victorious last time out.

Arsene Wenger was heading towards the end of his time as manager, while Newcastle were in rampant form cruising towards survival.

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Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal the lead, but Newcastle were able to come from behind.

Ayoze Perez got an equaliser in the first half, before Matt Ritchie bagged the winner after a great piece of forward play by Islam Slimani.

2015/16 Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1

Steve McClaren’s side were struggling at the start of his tenure, and matters were made worse when Aleksandar Mitrovic picked up an early red card against Arsenal.

10 men Newcastle battled hard, but would lose 1-0 courtesy of a Fabricio Coloccini own goal.

2014/15, Newcastle 1 Arsenal 2

Very much a tale of two halves.

The Gunners were two up at the break thanks to an Olivier Giroud brace, but Newcastle rallied in the second half.

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Moussa Sissoko got a goal back, but the Geordies were unable to find an equaliser.

2013/2014, Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1

In a season in which Newcastle basically seemed to give up after Christmas, this defeat was the start of a horrific run.

Alan Pardew’s side lost 1-0, with Giroud getting the only goal of the game.

This would be the start of a 20-game run where Newcastle would pick up just 16 points.

2013/14, Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1

Newcastle really love a 1-0 defeat to the Gunners.

It was the last game of the season, and Newcastle had just avoided relegation the week before against QPR. Laurent Koscielny’s winner ensured they qualified for the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Newcastle fans celebrated Steve Harper’s last ever game for the club.

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