Arsenal vs Newcastle – Match Prediction | Premier League

Arsenal vs Newcastle - Match Prediction | Premier League

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.

Team News

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. 

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.

Predicted Line-ups

Arsenal: Petr Cech | Hector Bellerin, Sokratis Papastathopolous, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal | Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang | Alexandre Lacazette

Newcastle: Martin Dubravka, DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett | Kenedy, Jonjo Shelvey, Mohamed Diame, Ayoze Perez | Salomon Rondon

Key Players

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.

Score Prediction

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.

Rondon – West Brom striker joins Newcastle on loan

Rondon - West Brom striker joins Newcastle on loan

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Salomon Rondon on a season-long loan from West Brom.

The agreement sees Dwight Gayle move in the opposite direction on a season-long loan with the recently relegated side West Brom in the  2018/19 Championship seas.

Dwight Gayle scored 23 goals in Newcastle‘s 2016/17 Championship-winning season but struggled to find the net in the following Premier League season, scoring just 6 goals. Now he heads back to the Championship with the Baggies, hoping to hit the ground running and replicate the prolific tally of his last stint in the Championship.

Newcastle boss, Rafa Benitez said: “I am delighted to sign Salomon. When we were looking for options up front, we knew how important experience would be. Salomón has been in the Premier League for a while and he knows how demanding it is.” 

“He, together with Yoshinori Muto, will give us different options and will improve the competition between the strikers, which is always positive for the team.”

Rondon began his career at Aragua in his motherland before moving to Spain in 2008, where he experienced prolific seasons with Las Palmas and Málaga. In  2012, he joined Rubin Kazan, where his form attracted fellow Russian Premier League side Zenit St. Petersburg. After just over a year at the Russian club, he joined West Brom ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. 

The 28-year-old striker has scored 19 goals and earned 66 caps for Venezuela.

Rondon said: “It’s an honour to be here and I’m excited to get started with my teammates. The clubs were talking for a long time and now I’m focused on the season to help my teammates to get the points to do well this season. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and I knew about the interest of the gaffer, so I’m happy to be here.”

Rondon becomes the Magpies‘ 6th summer signing after goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka, winger Kenedy, midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung, defender Fabian Schar and striker Yoshinori Muto. 

Newcastle host Spurs in their opening fixture of the 2018/19 Premier League season on Saturday.