Arsenal vs Newcastle Preview

podolski-v-west-hamArsenal have a great opportunity to pull themselves clear of Everton when they take on Newcastle United at the Emirates. It’s been a good weekend for the Gunners as Everton lost away to the Saints. The Gunners are in fourth place with a point ahead of the Toffees. Victory over the Magpies would all but guarantee our top 4finish.

ARSENAL

Arsenal rediscovered some of their old swagger against Hull City and should approach the game with renewed confidence. Alan Pardew’s side are in disastrous form at the moment and their season is just drifting towards the end. A win today would send us four points clear of our nearest challengers and that is something we got to take full advantage of. Everton couldn’t handle the pressure they succumbed and Arsenal would finish in 4th if they win their next two home games. Simple isn’t it ?
No more last day drama, toiling in some away ground, huffing and puffing, not having to chew your nails off. But hey with Arsenal you never know. Diaby is unavailable having picked up a groin injury in his comeback under -21 match and Jack Wilshere is still out. Ozil and Ramsey took Arsenal to a different level and if they start to dictate the game, Newcastle will be taken to the cleaners.

NEWCASTLE UNITED

The North East side are enduring a torrid form of late and their manager returns after his seven match touchline ban. How ironic is it that he is back to the dugout against Wenger at the Emirates. There is no love lost between the two and it will be interesting to see how Pardew behaves. Their season is over and they don’t have European ambitions nor they are in danger of relegation, they are a side wanting their season to end. Their form has waned ever since Cabaye left for PSG and they are conceding goals left right and centre. They have lost 9 of their last 12 and that says it all. Debuchy and Remy may return to the startingXI and Sissoko is back in contention after missing the last three games.

MAN TO WATCH

Lukas Podolski

It’s hard to look beyond the German at the moment. He has scored four in his last two games and with the return of Ramsey and Ozil he will get chances. He is our best finisher and any chance in and around the box will result in the ball ripping the net.

Loic Remy

The on loan man from QPR may start and is a dangerous player. His pace and finishing ability is a vital asset of his game and with rumours of him joining Arsenal , his motivation couldn’t have been stronger.

This is by no means an easy game and complacency shouldn’t creep in. The league has shown time and again about the unpredictability of the results and let’s hope this is a very predictable Arsenal win.

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