Arsenal can preserve their robust place on the prime of the Premier League standings after they welcome third-placed Newcastle United to the Emirates Stadium this night.
The Gunners maintain a seven-point cushion heading into kickoff and will separate themselves from the chasing pack much more with a victory nevertheless it’ll be no straightforward activity because the northeast giants are unbeaten in 12 and have at the moment conceded the fewest targets within the top-flight.
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Mikel Arteta’s aspect made it 5 wins from 5 by defeating Brighton and Hove Albion 4-2 on New 12 months’s Eve, while Eddie Howe’s males drew 0-0 to Leeds United.
It’ll be fascinating to see whether or not the Spanish head coach will tinker his lineup or run an unchanged aspect, so right here’s what we’re predicting earlier than tonight’s difficult encounter…
There could possibly be simply two adjustments to the aspect that beat the Seagulls on the south coast solely three days in the past.
In objective, England worldwide Aaron Ramsdale is about to proceed because the no.1, although the again 4 in entrance of him may look very completely different.
There’s a probability that Kieran Tierney returns to the beginning XI as Oleksandr Zinchenko has solely simply shaken off an damage. It will be solely the third time that the Ukraine star has began two or extra successive matches within the Premier League since his arrival from Manchester Metropolis in the summertime.
The £110k-per-week Scot was as soon as dubbed a “pure chief” and tipped to change into the Gunners’ subsequent captain sooner or later by Arteta, so he needs to be trusted in a fixture of this magnitude.
In the meantime, there have been indicators of defensive fraility with Brighton scoring twice on Saturday. William Saliba – who value £27m in 2019 – was at fault for one of many targets, having additionally conceded a penalty towards West Ham United on Boxing Day.
The Frenchman barely featured on the World Cup for France and has seemed out of kinds since returning, resulting in journalist Charles Watts describing him as “undoubtedly rusty,” so he may make manner for Takehiro Tomiyasu, which might see Ben White return to the center to companion Gabriel.
In midfield, Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard are prone to stay, with assist from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli out extensive.
While Gabriel Jesus stays absent with a long-term knee subject, academy graduate Eddie Nketiah, 24, is about to steer the road as soon as once more in his absence and he’ll be trying to proceed his goalscoring type after discovering the web on the Amex Stadium.
AND in different information, Arsenal should now swoop for “magic” £86m star who’s “miles forward”…