Arsenal vs Newcastle: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this week's match at the Emirates

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Arsenal will look to build on last Tuesday’s result when they take on Newcastle at home this Saturday. The Gunners impressively demolished Turkish side Galatasaray by beating them 4-1 which saw them progress into the knock out stages of the Champions League as runner-up.

Newcastle had a great boost to their confidence when they ended Chelsea’s 23 unbeaten run last Saturday. Thanks to two goals from Papiss Cisse, who had come on the second half, the Magpies secured a victory over The Blues. The striker as scored goals as a substitute than any other player in the Premiere League.

A 3-2 defeat against Stoke last week contributed to the criticisms that had been building up on Arsene Wenger lately. The win last Tuesday will take some of that pressure away but a win on Saturday is much needed if Arsenal want to remain a serious contender to play Champions League football again next year.

Olivier Giroud is expected to lead the attack for the Gunners again this weekend. The French striker has scored four goals in his four appearances against the Magpies.

Newcastle are just one place behind Arsenal in the table in seventh place with the same amount of points.

Video: Premier League preview

KICK-OFF: Saturday 5.30pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS...

Arsenal 3 (Koscielny, Ozil, Gioud) – 0 Newcastle Mon 28 Apr 2014

Newcastle 0 – Arsenal (Giroud) Sun 28 Dec 2013

Newcastle 0 – 1 Arsenal (Koscielny) Su 19 May 2013

STATS...

Newcastle United have won just one of the last 14 Barclays Premier League matches against Arsenal (W1 D5 L8) including losing the last five on the bounce.

Papiss Cisse has scored seven goals from just 10 shots on target in the Premier League this season.

Since the start of last season, Newcastle have been shown more red cards than any other Premier League side (9).

23 points is the second worst tally of points under Arsene Wenger after 15 games (2012-13 - they had 21).

ODDS...

Arsenal to win 1.44

Draw 4.5

Newcastle to win 7.0

TV: Sky Sports 1, from 4.45pm

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