Arsenal v Newcastle: match preview

When Arsenal won 1-0 at St James’ Park on the opening day of the season the suggestion the two sides would have the same number of points after 25 games would have got you strange looks in Newcastle and north London alike. And yet through the departure of Unai Emery, the brief interim tenure of Freddie Ljungberg and now the arrival of Mikel Arteta, the Gunners have won just five more times in the league to languish in 10th, ahead of Steve Bruce’s surprisingly resilient side only on goal difference. Arteta has drawn five of his seven league games in charge and Arsenal have drawn 13 from 25 in total: after the extravagance of a winter break in Dubai you get the feeling the Emirates crowd will accept nothing less than all three points on Sunday. Paul Chronnell

Sunday 4.30pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue Emirates Stadium

Last season Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0

Referee Lee Mason

This season G12 Y46 R1 4.00 cards/game

Odds H 4-9 A 7-1 D 7-2

ARSENAL

Subs from Martínez, Papastathopoulos, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Pépé, Nelson, Willock, Guendouzi, Nketiah

Doubtful Kolasinac (thigh), Nelson (thigh), Saka (knee)

Injured Marí (match fitness, 20 Feb), Soares (knee, 2 Mar), Tierney (shoulder, 7 Mar), Chambers (knee, Aug)

Suspended None

Discipline Y62 R3

Form LWDDDD

Leading scorer Aubameyang 14

NEWCASTLE

Subs from Darlow, Elliot, Schär, Lejeune, Yedlin, Ritchie, Atsu, Gayle, S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Muto, Saivet, Sterry

Doubtful Gayle (hamstring), Muto (hip)

Injured Shelvey (thigh, 22 Feb), Manquillo (thigh, 29 Feb), Carroll (groin, 3 Mar), Krafth (ankle, 7 Mar), Dummett (thigh, Aug), Willems (knee, Aug), Colback (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y38 R2

Form LLDWDD

Leading scorer Shelvey 5

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