Here’s a few players to watch out for tomorrow’s visitors:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – The ex-NUFC target finally made his move to the Premier League in January and he’s made an immediate impression, scoring 6 in his first 7 Premier League games for Arsenal. He’s got frightening pace, good movement and is a real goalscorer. He didn’t play in mid-week so will be fresh for this one. The main man for us to watch tomorrow.
Aaron Ramsey – Not 100% sure if he’ll start after getting a gash on his shin in Russia on Thursday night, but he’ll be one of the main men to watch if he does play. He has a habit of getting into the right areas in and around the box and is a very clever goalscoring midfielder. One for Diame and Shelvey to keep a close eye on.
Mesut Ozil – If I was an Arsenal fan he’d wind me up no end. He has bundles of ability, yet sometimes doesn’t look interested in lifting a finger. That being said, he’s one of the main Arsenal men who has the quality to hurt us if we gave him too much time in dangerous areas.
Petr Cech – He looks a shadow of his former self to me. I’ve seen him let in several goals he could and should have saved this season, with him also having a real tendency to parry shots into dangerous areas (see CSKA’s two goals on Thursday!). Putting him under pressure and shooting on site could be the order of the day. I don’t rate him these days.
Predicted Arsenal XI – (4-2-3-1) – Cech –Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal – Elneny, Xhaka – Ozil, Ramsey, Welbeck – Aubameyang.
For an inside look into this weekend’s opponents, take a look at the latest edition of the ‘Opposition Opinion’ . A great insight into this weekend’s opponents.
Newcastle – 10th (38 pts) – Last 5 in the league – Won: 3 / Drawn: 1 / Lost: 1
Arsenal – 6th (54 pts) – Last 5 in the league – Won: 3 / Drawn: 0 / Lost: 2
Islam Slimani is available once again after being ineligible to play parent club Leicester last weekend, meaning Benitez looks set to have a fully-fit squad to choose from.
For Arsenal, both Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere will be assessed late on after picking up knocks against CSKA Moscow on Thursday.
Granit Xhaka could return in midfield after missing Thursday’s game through illness, however Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been ruled out with a long-term injury.
In-form midfielder Mohamed Elneny will be available for selection for Wenger after having his red card vs Southampton overturned.
I’ve got a good feeling about this one. We’re full of confidence from last weekend’s win at Leicester and it feels like we’ve thrown the shackles off at St James’ Park, winning our last three without conceding in any of them.
I think Arsenal will score, and fancy Aubameyang to cause problems, but I just think their defence is woeful and could be shown up tomorrow if we put enough pressure on them.
We’ll have to get the balance right and stick to the sort of successful game plan that’s worked so well in recent weeks, but this Arsenal side have little to play for in the league, have been awful on the road this season and played a difficult Europa League game in Russia just over 48 hours ago.
I fancy us to end our awful run against the Gunners and come away with another 3 points tomorrow!
Prediction: Newcastle 2-1 Arsenal
Howay the lads!