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Arsenal at Newcastle: a “should win” game

Another chance for the Gunners to improve their away record.

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Arsenal head to St. James’s Park to play Newcastle, and they’ll be keen to get their third win in a row and make up for their slow start to the season.

The Gunners’ schedule is getting busy, with five games between now and the end of the month, although luckily none are against other top-six teams. They have matches in the Premier League, the Europa League, and the Carabao Cup. Meanwhile, today’s match will be Newcastle’s fourth of the season and fourth against a top-six side—the Magpies’ previous three were against Chelsea, Spurs, and Manchester City, and for today, at least, their fixture list won’t (or shouldn’t) get any easier.

All of Arsenal’s players returned from the international break healthy enough to play—Lucas Torreira had a little knee issue while playing for Uruguay, but he should be good to go after participating in training this week. Although Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac are still out with their respective injuries, both are healing quicker than expected and should be able to return to training a bit early.

Newcastle might have to go without Salomon Rondon and DeAndre Yedlin—both had an extended international break and may not be fit enough to play. However, they should have Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey available, as those two returned to training recently.

WHAT: Arsenal at Newcastle

WHERE: St. James’s Park, Newcastle upon Tyne

WHEN: Saturday, September 15th, 7 AM PT | 10 AM ET | 3 PM BT

US TV: Not televised. NBC Gold (subscription) only.

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