Preview - Newcastle United vs Arsenal 11 August 19

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Match Day 1
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal
Sunday, August 11th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St. James' Park

Newcastle United: 
Last five matches form: W W D L W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.11
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.26
Top Scorer (18/19): Fabian Schär (4)

Last five matches form: L L L D W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.92
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.34
Top Scorer (18/19): Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (22)

It's never quiet up at St. James' Park, and this summer was no different. Out goes Rafa Benitez to China, and in comes local lad Steve Bruce. Out go last seasons two top scorers and in comes an unproven Brazilian youngster, a maverick Frenchman and a returning striker. How this will work out is anyone's guess, and first up it's a tough one as Unai Emery's Arsenal make the trip to the north east.

The Gunners shot down the Magpies twice last season, winning this game 2-1 and coming out on top 2-0 at the Emirates.

DeAndre Yedlin and Florian Lejeune are out for the home side whilst Andy Carroll is not yet ready to be considered. Héctor Bellerín and Rob Holding are definitely side-lined for the Gunners whilst a late decision will be made on Alexandre Lacazette.

The doom and gloom has lifted only ever so slightly following the departure of Rafa Benitez. The arrivals of Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin and Andy Carroll do at least bring optimism that the side may prove a threat going forward though.

It was something of a surprise that the Gunners allowed Alex Iwobi to leave on deadline day, but new boy Nicolas Pépé ought to bring genuine pace and goals to the side.

Things may not be quite so bleak for Newcastle this season as some are predicting. They do look set to adopt a more attacking approach, and whilst that may fare well against a number of sides, they may be overmatched in a shootout here.

Prediction: Newcastle United 2 - 3 Arsenal


Aug 12, 2019, 03:20 AM Last Edit: Aug 12, 2019, 03:22 AM by Harry85
Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  7 - 5
Shots on target: 2 - 2
Corner Kicks: 5 -3
Possession:  43% - 57%

Miguel Almiron was the only player to be booked for the home side. Reiss Nelson, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Granit Xhaka of Arsenal also had their names taken by referee Martin Atkinson.

No place in the starting line-up for any of the Gunners major summer signings. Of the Newcastle new boys, only £40million man Joelinton made the starting line-up.

Newcastle did better in terms of possession than they did in many games last season - particularly against the big six - but in the end the result was the same. The Magpies were well in this in the first half, but once falling behind could only muster an attacking response which could politely be described as muted and disjointed.

In an underwhelming opening period both sides were fairly evenly matched. Newcastle coming closest with a smashed Jonjo Shlevey volley which Bernd Leno did well to palm onto the post. Arsenal's best chance falling to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was found in the area and fired on goal, but straight at Martin Dubravka. 0-0 at the break.

When the opener did arrive in the 58th minute Newcastle were masters of their own demise. Paul Dummett not getting enough on his pass out wide to the left - but Jetro Willems equally failing to anticipate the pass. Whoever was to blame, Ainsley Maitland-Niles intercepted to race down the Arsenal right and play a nice ball into the waiting Aubameyang. Fine first tome control from the Gabon mand and a nice dinked finish into the right-hand side from around seven yards out to the left.

And that really was that. The introduction of Allan Saint-Maximin instilling a little more energy into the Newcastle attack, but little else, with the side looking disorganised in the middle of the park following the withdrawal of Shelvey early in the second half. 0-1 it finished.

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