Arsenal vs Newcastle, Kick-Off: 14th September 07:30 PM (IST)
Arsenal travel to St James’ Park on Saturday to face Newcastle United with the purpose of achieving their third consecutive Premier League win of the season. The Gunners started out with two defeats to former champions Chelsea and defending champions Manchester City, but have bounced back to beat West Ham and Cardiff.
Newcastle, on the other hand, are yet to secure their first win in the league this season. The Magpies lost to Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City, and drew with Cardiff.
Alexandre Lacazette is set to keep his place in Arsenal’s starting line up after putting up a man of the match performance against Cardiff City. Meanwhile, Lucas Torreira will be available for selection after shrugging off a minor calf injury during the international break.
RB: “Shelvey and Ritchie are training. There are no big issues – everyone was training. We have to decide now who can play, but both Ritchie and Shelvey are in the squad.” #NUFC pic.twitter.com/XOHYxcmkc1— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 14, 2018
Jonjo Shelvey is set to return to the side against Arsenal after returning to training this week. But, Matt Ritchie is still not sure to be match fit.
Arsenal: Petr Cech | Hector Bellerin, Sokratis Papastathopolous, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal | Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang | Alexandre Lacazette
RB on Unai Emery: “He likes to have his team organised. The way they were playing was very similar to when I was at Valencia and Liverpool – organised, pressing, passing the ball. I have known him for a long, long time. He enjoys his job and I think he will do well.” #NUFC pic.twitter.com/S9jHSdAckB— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 14, 2018
Newcastle: Martin Dubravka, DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett | Kenedy, Jonjo Shelvey, Mohamed Diame, Ayoze Perez | Salomon Rondon
Arsenal: Aaron Ramsey was impressive in the international break and also found the net with Wales. One of the few players who are shaping up as the key figures for Unai Emery’s side.
Newcastle: Salomon Rondon returns to the side after scoring a brace in the international break with Venezuela. The strong target-man will hope he can replicate his form in the Premier League.
Arsenal 4 – 2 Newcastle: The Gunners have conceded 8 goals in 4 matches, showing their defensive woes. On the other hand, They have also scored 8 goals, establishing themselves as a very prolific side. This game is bound to be a high-scoring one, with Arsenal seeming the likely team to come out as the winners.