Arsenal vs Newcastle United
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 16 December 2017
Kick-Off: 15:00 UK
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
Arsenal dropped out of top six in Premier League after a three-game run without a win. The Gunners will have an imperative to shift things around and claim a three-pointer this Saturday when they host another out-of-form outfit Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium.
Anything but a win here would be a disaster for Arsene Wenger and his men who are finding it tough to score lately. The Gunners managed to find the back of the net no more than two times in last three league ties, including a goalless draw away at West Ham United on Wednesday.
This should, however, be changed at the weekend given Newcastle’s obvious defensive woes. The Magpies came on the brink of the drop zone after a streak that saw them lose seven and draw one of eight previous league fixtures. Rafael Benitez’s side conceded at least two goals in five of last six matches in Premier League.
It will be the music to the ears of Alexandre Lacazette who has eight goals to his name so far in the season, but who has yet been struggling with the form as of late. The clash against one of the most out-of-form defensive lines in the competition could likely help the French striker find the right shape and backing him as the anytime goalscorer might be a decent shout here.
Arsenal vs Newcastle United: Head-to-head
• Arsenal have entirely dominated this match-up recently winning each of previous nine meetings with the Magpies
• Newcastle United failed to find the net in each of last two clashes with Arsenal
• The Gunners have won 42 of 79 meetings at the Emirates
• Overall, Arsenal only lead the H2H tie by seven wins ahead of their 158th encounter with Newcastle United