Arsenal set to welcome Newcastle to the Emirates Stadium Monday night as the Unai Emery and his men resume competitive Premier League duties after the long but final international break of the season.
The Gunners went into the international break in 4th place, one point behind bitter north London rivals Spurs in 3rd.
However, with a late Monday night kick-off, the Gunners have slipped into 5th position following Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Watford at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Arsenal could still go into the game against Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium in 6th position if London rivals Chelsea travel to the Welsh capital on Sunday and beat Cardiff City by seven or more goals.
Also, arch rivals Spurs travel to the Merseyside on Sunday, to take on title contenders Liverpool, in a match which Arsenal fans will be hoping their noisy neighbours bottle-up, in order to give the Gunners the boost to break into the top 3 of the Premier League with a win over Rafa Benitez’s Toon Army 24 hours later.
Arsenal remain favourites going into the clash against Newcastle, and this has been clearly reflected with many top pundits and best online casino sites backing the Gunners to victory against the Magpies, especially in front of their home fans.
This season, the Gunners have been one of the most formidable sides at home in the League, and it would take an outstanding performance from Benitez’s side to stop Unai Emery and his men from picking up all three points on the night.
On the injury front, Emery has almost all the compliment of his full squad available for selection, bar long term absentees in Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and suspended Lucas Torreira.
Granit Xhaka however, is the only doubt mentioned by the boss in his pre-match press conference held on Thursday ahead of the clash. But he could well make the starting lineup or worst case start from the bench.
Newcastle on the other hand, have a few injury concerns of their own but Benitez has maintained his stance on approaching the match against the Gunners on a positive front, insisting they can hurt Arsenal with their new and rejuvenated attacking outlet, recently sparked by January signing Miguel Almiron from United State side Atlanta United.
But this potentially lethal attacking firepower of Newcastle has not stopped the bookies from placing the Gunners as favourites to secure victory on their home turf against the 14th placed Magpies and you can click here to see more sites backing an Arsenal victory ahead of the game.
It has to be said that the Premier League is full of surprises and results can be totally unpredictable. But as an avid and lifelong Arsenal fan and supporter, I would be hoping Newcastle don’t spring up any surprises to damage our Champions League qualifying hopes for next season.
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