Newcastle’s quest for their first Premier League win of the season continues as they travel to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to face Arsenal.
It remains to be seen whether Eddie Howe will be able to take up his position on the touchline, after missing the 3-3 draw at St James’ Park against Brentford due to testing positive for Covid-19.
The Magpies are now five points off safety with 26 Premier League games to play. Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta’s side will be looking to respond after losing 4-0 against Liverpool.
We have already highlighted the threat Arsenal’s captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang poses and the fact the Gabonese forward loves playing against Newcastle.
That alongside Howe’s previous record against the Gunners is enough to make us anxious about Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.
But in order for us to get a confidence-boosting result against a resurgent Arsenal side, we are going to have do something we haven’t managed to do since September 2018.
Ciaran Clark was the last player to score a goal for Newcastle against Arsenal, which came in a 2-1 defeat at St James’ Park.
We haven’t scored in our last six meetings against the side who currently sit fifth in the Premier League.
In those six meetings, we have lost every single one and conceded 14 goals.
Apart from Manchester United (21), no side has conceded more goals in the top half of the Premier League than Arsenal (17) so far this season.
After shipping four goals at Anfield, Arteta’s backline may be vulnerable. And with the likes of Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin back in goalscoring form to accompany Callum Wilson, Howe will fancy his chances of ending Newcastle’s barren 39 month run against Arsenal.
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