In a highly anticipated Premier League clash, Arsenal takes on Newcastle United. The match comes with a mix of hope and concern for both sides, as they face a series of challenges and opportunities. Here's a detailed preview of the game and the key factors to watch out for.
Team News and Injuries
Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe is anxiously awaiting the results of a scan on Matt Targett's hamstring injury. Targett's absence adds to Newcastle's injury woes, as they are already without eight senior players. The absence of key personnel presents a significant challenge for the Magpies, as they aim to continue their impressive form.
On the other hand, Arsenal has their own injury concerns. Emile Smith Rowe, the talented midfielder, is set to be sidelined for several weeks due to a knee injury sustained in their previous game against Sheffield United. However, there's a glimmer of hope for the Gunners as Martin Odegaard could return to the starting XI, providing a boost to their midfield.
When it comes to their head-to-head record, Arsenal has been dominant against Newcastle in recent times. They have won 19 of their last 22 matches in all competitions, including a 2–0 victory at St James' Park earlier this year. The Magpies have struggled to find the back of the net against the Gunners, failing to score in eight of their nine most recent league meetings. The historical stats heavily favor Arsenal, with a remarkable 30 Premier League clean sheets against Newcastle, the most any side has kept against another in the competition's history.
Newcastle United is currently in good form, amassing 17 points after 10 league games, their highest tally at this stage since 2011. Under Eddie Howe's guidance, the Magpies have gone unbeaten in their last six top-flight fixtures, winning four and drawing two, following a three-match losing streak. They've been an attacking force in the league, jointly leading the division in goals scored with 26, just one goal shy of their highest total after 10 Premier League games.
Notably, Newcastle has spent 460 minutes in the lead in Premier League games this season, second only to Manchester City. If they manage to score at least twice in this game, it will mark the first time in 19 years that they've achieved this feat. However, they should be cautious, as they risk suffering consecutive home defeats in all competitions for the first time since October 2021.
Callum Wilson has been a standout performer for Newcastle, scoring 13 goals in his last 12 league starts. In 2023, he has netted 19 Premier League goals, a tally only surpassed by Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah.
Arsenal, on the other hand, is unbeaten after 10 games of a Premier League season for the first time since 2007–08, with seven wins and three draws. They've had a solid start to the season, remaining undefeated in their opening four away league fixtures for the first time since 2016, spanning seven matches. The Gunners have also been lethal from set-pieces, scoring a league-high five goals from corners.
As the match approaches, there are notable player milestones to watch for. Ben White is poised to make his 100th appearance for Arsenal, marking a significant achievement for the talented defender. Additionally, Eddie Nketiah is on the verge of reaching 100 Premier League appearances, with his current season already matching his career-best tally of five league goals.
However, it's worth noting that Nketiah has been more prolific in London than in the north, with only one of his 19 top-flight goals scored outside the capital.
With all these factors in mind, the Arsenal vs. Newcastle United clash promises to be an exciting encounter, with both teams having much to prove and play for. Football fans can anticipate a game filled with action, goals, and perhaps some new milestones for the players involved. The outcome of this match will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the Premier League standings and the aspirations of both clubs.