Arsenal vs Newcastle Preview: Premier League Match Preview, where to watch and more
After a two-week hiatus, Premier League football returns at the weekend with all the top teams in action.
The Gunners come into the game on the back of two favorable results as Unai Emery’s charges got the better of Manchester United in their last league encounter. Additionally, Arsenal also overturned a two-goal deficit in the Europa League before the international break kicked in.
Newcastle, on the other hand, arrive in North London having won, drawn and lost a game apiece in their last three encounters. However, Rafa Benitez would be hoping for his troops to avenge the Magpies’ early season loss to the Gunners at St. James’ Park.
Date: 1st April 2019.
Timing: 20:00 (Local Time), 00:30 on the 2nd of April (IST)
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
Last five competitive fixtures (most recent first)
Head to Head:
The meeting at the Emirates would be the 182nd time Arsenal would lock horns with Newcastle.
Arsenal: 76 wins
Newcastle: 67 wins
Draw: 38 draws
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
The Gabonese has been in scintillating form for the Gunners in his first full season in England. Having joined Arsenal in January 2018, the forward has been an instant hit with the Emirates faithful due to his effervescent personality and goal-scoring attributes.
In 29 league games this season, Aubameyang has made the net bulge on 17 occasions while also providing 4 assists. His tally of seventeen goals has kept him in the running for the Premier League Golden Boot with him trailing leader, Sergio Aguero by just a solitary goal.
Moreover, the Gabonese has rediscovered his early season scoring touch recently as he scored a goal in the Gunners’ last Premier League game in addition to the brace he notched up against Rennes in the Europa League.
Miguel Almiron arrived at Newcastle in the winter transfer window for a club record fee. Unsurprisingly, a lot was expected of the Paraguayan. But so far, he has lived up to his hype.
Though the attacking midfielder hasn’t made the net bulge yet in the Premier League, his introduction has added a spark to the Magpies’ attack. The Paraguayan’s propensity to carry the ball has been invaluable while his ability to play incisive passes has helped Salomon Rondon, in particular.
In the league, Almiron has averaged 1.8 key passes per game. Thus, highlighting that a lot of Newcastle’s play goes through the midfielder.
The Emirates hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Magpies. Yet, if they are to achieve something substantial this time around, one gets the feeling that Almiron would have to play a crucial role.Modified 20 Dec 2019, 22:21 IST