Don’t look now, but since losing to Manchester City twice and also to Brighton, Arsenal haven’t lost (6-1-0). The Gunners will look to continue their strong run of form on Sunday when they travel north to face resurgent Newcastle. Rafa Benitez’s side has won three straight and climbed out of the relegation zone all the way to 10th in the table.
Expect Arsene Wenger to rotate his starting 11 heavily from the side that faced CSKA Moscow midweek. Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal will likely be rested. After suffering a nasty gash against CSKA that needed to be stapled back together (he posted a picture to social media, I won’t post it here - it’s grizzly), Aaron Ramsey will probably be given time to heal. It’s also unclear whether Granit Xhaka will be sufficiently recovered from his bout of flu to play tomorrow.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will almost certainly be leading the line against Newcastle. The striker has scored in his last four Premier League games for Arsenal and has 6 goals and an assist in seven games with the Gunners. Danny Welbeck is also in-form. The Englishman has 5 goals and an assist in his last five games in all competitions.
When these two clubs met in December at the Emirates, Arsenal won 1-0 on the strength of a Mesut Özil goal. But the Newcastle team Arsenal will face on Sunday is much improved from the team they faced earlier this season. The Magpies are earning almost a point more per game in 2018 than they did in 2017.
WHAT: Arsenal at Newcastle
WHERE: St. James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
WHEN: Sunday, April 15th 2018 5:30 AM PT | 8:30 AM ET | 1:30 PM BT
US TV: NBCSN. Stream here.
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