Preview - Newcastle United vs Arsenal 15 September 18

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Sep 15, 2018, 01:08 AM Last Edit: Sep 15, 2018, 03:34 AM by Harry85
Match Day 5
Newcastle United vs Arsenal
Saturday, September 15th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St James Park

Newcastle United:   
Last five matches form: W L D L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.03
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.24
Top Scorer 17/18: Ayoze PĂ©rez ( 8 )

Last five matches form: W L L W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.95
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.34
Top Scorer 17/18: Alexandre Lacazette (14)

Winless in four games so far this season, it doesn't look to get any easier for Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United this weekend as Unai Emery brings his improving Arsenal outfit to St James Park.

In truth it has been a brutally tough opening for Newcastle with three of their opening four games coming against Chelsea, Tottenham and champions Manchester City. To lose those three was to be expected really and they certainly didn't disgrace themselves in only going down narrowly 2-1 on each occasion. Possibly the Magpies most disappointing result came in the goalless draw at Cardiff when they missed a stoppage time penalty.

Arsenal have had an ok start under Emery but no more than that, losing to Manchester City and Chelsea and beating Cardiff and West Ham.

No new injury concerns for Newcastle with long term victim Florian Lejeune the main absentee.

Arsenal once again go without Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny, Carl Jenkinson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Newcastle upset the Gunners 2-1 in this game last year. Arsenal having won the reverse fixture 1-0.

This will likely be a tight encounter as Benitez seems sure to adopt his favoured defensive approach against the more talented sides in the division. That approach hasn't quite worked yet but it has been close and we see the home side getting a point out of this one.

Prediction: Newcastle United 1 - 1 Arsenal


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  7 - 8
Shots on target: 6 - 4
Corner Kicks: 10 - 4
Possession: 40% - 60%

Both sets of players kept on the right side of referee Lee Probert in this one, with the man in charge keeping his cards in his pocket throughout.

It was Newcastle who were the better side in the first period. Gone were the stifling tactics in evidence against Chelsea, as they took the game to the visitors. They weren't really able to muster anything in the way of clear-cut chances though.

Having looked so solid in the first half, Newcastle appeared to be affected by an injury to Jamaal Lascelles which saw their skipper fail to emerge for the second half.

Having shown little threat in the opening period, it was the Gunners who took the lead in the 49th minute. Awarded a free kick around 25 yards from goal in a central area, Granit Xhaka stepped up to fire an excellent strike into the top left corner.

Just nine minutes later the Gunners put daylight between the sides. Alexandre Lacazette receiving the ball inside the area and seeing his attempt well blocked. The ball fell to the lurking Mesut Ozil on the edge of the area though; the German placing the ball into the bottom left. Martin Dubravka getting a hand to it but being unable to keep it out.

Arsenal were now being afforded a lot of space on the counter as Newcastle sought a way back into the game but were unable to add to their lead. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both missing decent chances.

Newcastle did get one back in stoppage time when Ciaran Clark headed home a Federico Fernandez cross from the right-hand side. It was too little too late though.

Newcastle have now played Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, and lost all four by the same 2-1 score line.

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