Newcastle United host Arsenal this weekend in a Premier League clash at St James’ Park.
The Magpies will be looking to move out of the relegation zone after picking up just one point in four matches.
The Gunners, on the other hand, have registered back-to-back wins to move into the top half.
Here are two key areas where the game could be won or lost this weekend.
Lascelles vs. Aubameyang
After netting his first goal of the season, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be high on confidence.
The Gabon international will be eyeing this Saturday’s fixture for another goal, or maybe more.
It will be the duty of Jamaal Lascelles to lead by example and stake his England claim by shackling the Arsenal man.
Newcastle attack vs. Mustafi
Arsenal’s defence has its weaknesses. Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis have been the first-choice pair but they are far from the finished article as a centre-back pairing.
Newcastle can use their versatile attack to good effect. The power of Joselu or Salomon Rondon, coupled with the running of Ayoze Perez, can cause the North London outfit problems.
Arsenal leaked two goals against a toothless Cardiff attack so Newcastle will get chances.