Arsenal return to action at the Emirates Stadium when they host Newcastle United in north London on Saturday.
The Gunners have enjoyed an excellent Premier League campaign under Mikel Arteta but suffered a slippage when they lost 4-0 to Liverpool last weekend.
For the Magpies, this is simply a must-see clash with Eddie Howe’s side winless in the Premier League this quarter.
Newcastle will need to score points on the board and quickly if they are to close the top-level safety gap, but a clash with Arsenal is far from the ideal meeting to do so.
Arsenal v Newcastle United: talkSPORT commentary
The Premier League clash is due to take place on Saturday 27 November at the Emirates Stadium in London.
Kick-off is 12:30 p.m. UK time.
talkSPORT will have exclusive coverage of the clash featuring Reshmin Chowdhury while commentary will come from Sam Matterface and former England striker Dean Ashton.
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Arsenal v Newcastle United: team news
Arteta has an almost complete squad to choose from ahead of the weekend’s clash with the Magpies.
The only absent from Arsenal are the long-absent Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac.
Newcastle will also have a choice of a near-healthy side, with Paul Dummett the only player likely to be missing.
Arsenal v Newcastle United: what has been said?
Mikel Arteta: “We are really looking forward to the game, like I said after a loss, you want to put it on right away.
“In a different context, we’re in a good race, we’re playing at home, we’re going to have our people behind us and we’re going to perform well.
First of all, play the best we can and we’ll be closer to winning the game.
Arsenal v Newcastle United: match information
- Arsenal have won 16 of their last 17 Premier League games against Newcastle, except for a 2-1 away loss in April 2018.
- Since a 1-0 win in November 2010, Newcastle have lost each of their last nine away league games to Arsenal, failing to score in each of the last five.
- Arsenal have scored at least once in each of their last 17 Premier League games against Newcastle. The Gunners have opened the scoring in their last 16 games against Newcastle, the longest streak a team has scored first against another in the competition’s history.
- Arsenal have never lost a Premier League home game against the side that started the day at the bottom of the table (15V, D6), winning the last eight in a row with an aggregate score of 23-2.
- Arsenal lost to Liverpool last time, ending their eight-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League (W6 D2). Indeed, the Gunners conceded as many goals in their 4-0 loss at Anfield as they had in their eight games combined.
- Newcastle are the only team not to have achieved a victory in the first four levels of English football this season (D6 L6). Their current 12-game Premier League winless streak is the longest since a 13-game streak between December 2007 and March 2008.
- No team has conceded more Premier League goals than Newcastle this season (27), with the Magpies still not keeping a clean sheet this quarter. However, they have scored more goals (15) than their opponents Arsenal (13) so far this quarter.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been involved in nine goals in his eight appearances for Arsenal against Newcastle in all competitions (6 goals, 3 assists), scoring in each of his last five against the Magpies.
- Newcastle coach Eddie Howe took just five of the 30 points available in his Premier League encounters with Arsenal (W1 D2 L7), losing his five visits to the Emirates to face the Gunners.
- Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin carried the ball farther than any other Premier League player this season (2,952 meters), while no player has created more chances from a carry than the Frenchman ( 13, tied with Jack Grealish).