Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Newcastle v Arsenal: Premier League preview, predicted line ups, plus more

Newcastle v Arsenal: Premier League preview, predicted line ups, plus more

Arsenal, too, are in great form; having salvaged a draw in Moscow to ensure progression to the Europa League semi finals on Thursday, they saw a run of six straight wins come to an end.

The Gunners have won their last six games in all competitions to alleviate some of the pressure on their manager Arsene Wenger.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been unavailable to play in the Europa League since moving to Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January and comes into this match well rested.

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles is happy at St James' Park and is ignoring transfer rumours, manager Rafa Benitez has said.

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With the team expected to have some exhausted legs in the camp following exertions in Thursday's Europa League trip to Russian Federation in eventually beating CSKA Moscow 6-3 on aggregate, Wenger says the physicality and commitment of Welbeck could prove useful.

"There are a lot of things I wanted to do there that I didn't do, so of course I have regret, but I still enjoyed my time there and I'm still a Newcastle player so we will see what happens". Only against Man City (12, 2009-2015) have they had a longer losing streak in top-flight history.

The Magpies have lost seven of their nine league games this season against the sides now in the top six (W1, D1), with the only victory coming against Manchester United on 11 February. Nine of their 26 wins against the Magpies in the division have been by a single goal, including the last three.

"United have won their last three league games while the Gunners have actually lost their last four Premier League games on the road".

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The north London side are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 13 points adrift of Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur in the final two top-four spots.

They have not started a calendar year with five consecutive away league defeats since 1925.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will nearly certainly be leading the line against Newcastle. The Spaniard is likely to stick with the 4-4-1-1 formation which has seen his side win three games in a row.

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