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Follow all the action as Arsenal host Newcastle in the Premier League’s early kick-off.

Mikel Arteta’s side’s unbeaten run came to a chastening end against Liverpool last weekend, with the Gunners resoundingly thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield. However, they remain just three points off the top four, albeit with a significantly inferior goal difference than West Ham. Arteta has few injury concerns to worry about, with Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney both fully fit, and the squad have had plenty of time to prepare for the fixture without midweek football.

Newcastle’s preparations have been hampered by Eddie Howe’s self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19, but the head coach was given clearance on Friday to take charge of Newcastle from the dugout for the first time. He will hope his presence can spark a turnaround, with the club bottom of the table and still without a win after twelve games of the season. Follow all the latest updates below.

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Arsenal vs Newcastle United

  • Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares, Partey, Lokonga, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang

  • Newcastle: Dubravka, Fraser, Krafth, Lascelles, Schar, Ritchie, Shelvey, Willock, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Wilson

  • 39 min: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with astonishing close-range miss

  • 56 min: Bukayo Saka fires Arsenal ahead at the Emirates

  • 66 min: Gabriel Martinelli makes it two with stunning volley

Arsenal 2 - 0 Newcastle

14:21 , Michael Jones

90 mins: Another four additional minutes to play. Martinelli is just getting checked out after taking an arm to the face from Lascelles’s challenge.

Arsenal 2 - 0 Newcastle

14:20 , Michael Jones

87 mins: Chance! Tomiyasu fires the ball up the pitch towards Martinelli. He brings the ball under control and drives into the box. Lascelles comes across and shoulders Martinelli off the ball before he can shoot. Tough defending and Martinelli’s feeling that one.

Arsenal 2 - 0 Newcastle

14:17 , Michael Jones

84 mins: Thomas Partey is taken off by Mikel Arteta and gets replaced with Mohamed Elneny.

Lacazette is played into the box but can’t find space to shoot. Lascelles drops to the goalline as Dubravka charges down the Arsenal forward and smothers the ball for Newcastle.

Arsenal 2 - 0 Newcastle

14:12 , Michael Jones

81 mins: Saint-Maximin drives the ball down the left wing before leaving it to Willock. He makes a nice turn on the edge of the box and hits a decent shot at goal but Ramsdale clings onto the ball at the near post.

Arsenal 2 - 0 Newcastle

14:10 , Michael Jones

78 mins: Newcastle haven’t offered much in this half. They’ve had to settle for long ranged efforts from Jonjo Shelvey that keep getting blocked by the Arsenal defenders.

Tavares swings an early cross into the Newcastle box and almost plays in Martinelli but the forward’s first touch is poor and the ball rolls to Dubravka.

Arsenal 2 - 0 Newcastle

14:07 , Michael Jones

75 mins: Aubameyang’s day is done as Mikel Arteta brings on Alexandre Lacazette for the last 15 minutes.

Arsenal 2 - 0 Newcastle

14:05 , Michael Jones

72 mins: Fabian Schar takes a shot from range and wins a corner after his effort is deflected out of play. Ryan Fraser delivers the set piece into the middle of the box but the ball gets headed out to Miguel Almiron. He gives it to Jonjo Shelvey whose ball back into the danger zone comes out to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and he boots it away.

Liverpool vs Southampton: Line-ups

14:03 , Michael Jones

After the conclusion of this match between Arsenal and Newcastle, we’ll be covering Liverpool’s match against Southampton. Here’s how the two teams line up:

Liverpool XI:

Southampton XI:

Arsenal 2 - 0 Newcastle

14:01 , Michael Jones

69 mins: Jacob Murphy and Miguel Almiron have been brought on by Eddie Howe. Matt Ritchie and Joelinton are the men to go off.

A threaded pass comes into the left side of the box for Aubameyang who looks to chip it over the goalkeeper but gets beaten to the ball by Dubravka who slides across the deck and nudges it away from the Arsenal captain.

GOAL! Arsenal 2 - 0 Newcastle (Martinelli, 66’)⚽️

13:56 , Michael Jones

66 mins: Is this his first touch?! No, but it’s Martinelli’s first involvement in the match. Arsenal work the ball up the right side of the pitch with Martinelli knocking in inside before running towards the box. The ball comes out to Tomiyasu who lifts the ball into the box as Martinelli makes his run. The ball comes over his shoulder and he guides the volley towards the far side of the goal with a side-footed finish past Dubravka.

Arsenal 1 - 0 Newcastle

13:56 , Michael Jones

65 mins: Bukayo Saka is replaced with Gabriel Martinelli for Arsenal.

The Gunners swing the corner into the box and Tavares flicks it on. It almost drops for Partey but Newcastle clear their lines. Shelvey collects the loose ball and boots it up the pitch for Wilson to break into the box. He dribbles into the area and gets tackled by a back-tracking Tavares. Newcastle want a penalty but Stuart Attwell plays on.

Arsenal 1 - 0 Newcastle

13:53 , Michael Jones

62 mins: Aubameyang lifts a ball over Krafth to try and get in behind the Newcastle defence but the ball drops safely into the hands of Dubravka.

Saka’s gone down again, he’s going to have to come off. Odegaard shoots from range but has his effort blocked just inside the box. The ball comes back out to Partey who sets himself for another long ranged effort and wins a corner for the Gunners.

Arsenal 1 - 0 Newcastle

13:50 , Michael Jones

59 mins: The increase in tempo during Arsenal’s build-up play made that goal. They strug together 16 passes before Saka found the back of the net.

Saka’s gone down off the ball clutching his thigh. He may have pulled something with his run into the box. After a check up from the medics Saka will play on.

GOAL! Arsenal 1 - 0 Newcastle (Saka, 56’)⚽️

13:46 , Michael Jones

56 mins: Great goal from Arsenal! Saka moves over to the left side to provide an extra option for the Gunners. He and Emile Smith Rowe pass the ball around the Newcastle box before Smith Rowe plays it into Tavares. Saka runs in behind the Newcastle right-back and Tavares feeds him the ball. It’s a narrow angle to take on a shot but Saka does and curls his effort into the far side of the goal with a lovely finish.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

13:43 , Michael Jones

53 mins: Nearly! Arsenal have started the second half on the front foot. They win a free kick over on the left wing and Lokonga knocks it short to Saka. He curls a delicious cross into the six-yard box and Tomiyasu lunges at the ball. It just evades him but a slight touch from the Arsenal left-back and that was the opening goal.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

13:41 , Michael Jones

51 mins: Close! Beautiful footwork from Bukayo Saka who dribbles into the box from the right. He takes on Matt Ritchie and weaves around the Newcastle defender before hitting a low left-footed effort straight at Martin Dubravka.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

13:39 , Michael Jones

48 mins: Emil Krafth and Nuno Tavares get into a battle as the Arsenal left-back tries to get forward on the wing. Krafth does well initially to hold the Arsenal man at bay but then shoves him out of play and picks up a yellow card.

Arsenal win a corner that gets swung into the middle of the box. It drops and hits Ritchie who doesn’t really have a clue where the ball is. Luckily it bounces off the defender and Dubravka manages to scoop it up inside the six-yard box.

Second half: Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

13:37 , Michael Jones

Kick off: Back at the Emirates Stadium, Newcastle get the second half underway. There hasn’t been any personnel changes at the break. The Gunners win the ball early and work it down the right wing. Tomiyasu attempts to fly into the box from the right but he’s tackled by Schar and Newcastle win a free kick as the Arsenal right-back tries to win back the ball.

Later in the Premier League

13:33 , Michael Jones

There are three Premier League games kicking off at 3pm. We’ll be primarily focusing on Liverpool vs Southampton but will bring all the goal action from Selhurst Park and Carrow Road.

Here’s what is to come later:

Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa

Liverpool vs Southampton

Norwich vs Wolves

Recalled Dubravka steps up for Newcastle

13:30 , Michael Jones

Martin Dubravka was recalled to the Newcastle starting XI for the first time this season and he’s repaid Eddie Howe’s confidence who a couple of fine saves in the first half.

He’ll need to continue that good form if Newcastle are to keep a clean sheet today.

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Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

13:26 , Michael Jones

What is Eddie Howe’s plan here for Newcastle? Survive for 60-75 minutes and try to steal one at the death?

Arsenal have had almost 80% possession and taken 12 shots though only two of those have been on target. Mikel Arteta will be telling his players to move the ball quicker, especially around to the Newcastle penalty area.

Newcastle need to get some time on the ball and try to take the attack to Arsenal. They’ve had as many shots on target as the Gunners despite playing the majority of the first half in their own final third.

Half-time: Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

13:21 , Michael Jones

45+4 mins: Nothing to separate the teams then at half-time. For most of the first half Newcastle seemed pretty comfortable and defensibly solid but Arsenal upped the tempo in the last 10 minutes and the cracks began to show. Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe drew saves out of Martin Dubravka but the best chance came to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who could only find the post from inside the six-yard box.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

13:18 , Michael Jones

45+2 mins: Jonjo Shelvey deals with an awkward ball into the box from Aubameyang but his headed clearance comes out to Lokonga. He fires one from range and boots the effort high and wide.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

13:17 , Michael Jones

45 mins: Four minutes of added time to play at the end of the first half. Arsenal have all the momentum. White plays Tomiyasu into the space on the right side and the right-back swings another decent cross into the box. Smith Rowe arrives to hit a shot on the half volley and connects cleanly but Krafth gets in front of the strike to keep it out.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

13:15 , Michael Jones

43 mins: Matt Ritchie picks up a yellow card by stopping Saka from running in behind. He knew what he was doing but that’s five yellow cards for Ritchie now and he’ll face a suspension.

Arsenal work the ball over to Smith Rowe who drives into the penalty area and is tackled by Krafth. Arsenal seem a bit more lively since Aubemayang hit the post.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

13:13 , Michael Jones

41 mins: How has that not gone in?! Brilliant work from Saka who drifts over to the left side of the Newcastle box and gets the ball. He drops his shoulder and runs to the byline before chipping it back to Smith Rowe. He sends a strong header towards goal but Dubravka dives to the left and keeps it out. The rebound comes to Aubameyang who - with an open goal in front of him - somehow pokes the ball onto the post and it bounces clear!

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

13:09 , Michael Jones

38 mins: The break in play allows Eddie Howe the opportunity to give Joe Willock and Joelinton a few more instructions from the side of the pitch. Krafth is back on his feet and looks alright to play on.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

13:07 , Michael Jones

36 mins: Saint-Maximin has a nibble of Saka and brings down the Arsenal winger over to the right of Newcastle’s box. Saka and Smith Rowe stand over the dead ball and it’s Saka who swings the free kick into the middle. It’s a high cross that Dubravka comes out to claim. The goalkeeper punches the ball away and clatters Krafth in the process. The Newcastle defender hits the deck and the physios comes on to make sure he’s okay.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

13:04 , Michael Jones

33 mins: Things are starting to happen now. Shelvey has another shot from range but hits it straight at Ramsdale who gets in behind the low effort.

Arsenal then sweep up the pitch and give the ball to Tomiyasu who’s drifted in from the right. He shoots but pulls the effort wide of the near post.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

13:02 , Michael Jones

31 mins: Save! Ramsdale rescues Arsenal! The ball comes up to Callum Wilson who holds it up well before knocking the ball round the corner for Ryan Fraser. He flies down the right wing and whips a cross into the box. Thomas Partey gets to it first and clears the ball but it comes out to Jonjo Shelvey who drills one from range. The ball is sneaking just under the crossbar but Ramsdale stretches up and tips the ball onto the crossbar!

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

13:00 , Michael Jones

29 mins: Arsenal deal with the Newcastle set piece without too much trouble and work the ball nicely out from the back. Newcastle attempt to press high but some fluid movement from the Gunners enables them to push into midfield. Tavares gets forward on the left side. He makes a run down the inside left channel, collects the ball and boots an effort wide of the far post!

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

12:58 , Michael Jones

26 mins: Saka seems to get pulled back by Matt Ritchie but manages to squeeze the ball out to Odegaard. His first touch takes the ball towards Wilson who holds it up and wins Newcastle a free kick.

The ball is then sent up the pitch where Saint-Maximin gets his first chance to run at the Arsenal back line. He carries the into the let side of the penalty area, weaving around White before winning a corner as Tomiyasu blocks his attempted cross out behind.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

12:55 , Michael Jones

23 mins: It’s been a fairly low-key start to proceedings over the first 20 minutes or so. Arsenal have had most of possession and one of two half chances.

Both teams seem to be feeling each other out, waiting for someone to make a mistake.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

12:52 , Michael Jones

20 mins: Save! Martin Dubravka keeps Newcastle on level terms with a good leaping save after Martin Odegaard curls the free kick over the wall. It’s at a nice height for Dubravka who manages to parry the ball wide of the left hand post!

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

12:50 , Michael Jones

18 mins: Fine play from Arsenal who beat the Newcastle press with a one-two between Nuno Tavares and Thomas Partey. Tavares sprints down the left channel and swings a cross into the box but Jamaal Lascelles is there to block it. The ball is won back by Arsenal and Joe Willock hacks Martin Odegaard down just outside the Newcastle box.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

12:48 , Michael Jones

15 mins: Close! Very close to the opening goal for Arsenal. The Gunners nonchalantly pass the ball around the middle of the pitch and Newcastle aren’t overly keen to press prefering instead to hold a tight defensive shape. Partey squares the ball to Sambi Lokonga who slots an almost perfect diagonal ball over the top into the right side of the box. Saka bursts in behind and lunges at the dropping ball but it’s just out of reach and bounces out for a goal kick.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

12:44 , Michael Jones

12 mins: Newcastle are content to play on the counter-attack or utilise runners in behind. Jonjo Shelvey knocks a lovely pass over the Arsenal back line and Wilson is in again - this time from the left wing. He shifts the ball onto his right foot and looks to shoot but it’s a feint and he prods the ball back to the edge of the box where Fraser is arriving. So too is Tomiyasu who intercepts the pass and runs it away for the Gunners.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

12:42 , Michael Jones

9 mins: Chance! Saka comes inside from the right wing but misplaces his pass and gives it away to Joelinton. He lays a pass off to Ryan Fraser who boots it long for Callum Wilson to run in behind. He’s held up by Gabriel and the two players gets into a tussle. Gabriel goes to ground but Wilson runs into the box and fires a shot off at Aaron Ramsdale. The Arsenal goalkeeper keeps it out as the whistle goes to award Arsenal a free kick.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

12:37 , Michael Jones

6 mins: Nearly! Martin Odegaard receives the ball just inside the Newcastle final third and turns towards goal. He threads a nice pass into the box as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes a darting run through the centre but Fabian Schar beats him to the loose ball and belts it away to clear the Newcastle lines.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

12:35 , Michael Jones

3 mins: Allan Saint-Maximin runs into trouble and loses the ball to Takehiro Tomiyasu. He pokes it up to Bukayo Saka on the Arsenal right flank but Joe Willock sprints across and takes the ball off his former teammate and Newcastle work the ball out of their own final third.

Arsenal 0 - 0 Newcastle

12:32 , Michael Jones

Kick off: Arsenal get the ball rolling to kick off this day of Premier League football. The Gunners can draw level with West Ham if the beat Newcastle today.

A long ball up the pitch is won by Newcastle and Joelinton is played into space on the left wing. He drives the ball into the Arsenal box but loses it as Ben White comes across to cover.

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Here come the teams

12:27 , Michael Jones

It looks like a fairly chilly day at the Emirates Stadium, lots of fans are wrapped up woolly hats, gloves and scarves. The players make their way out onto the pitch, the odds and history are stacked against Newcastle but can Eddie Howe’s men shock the Gunners today?

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Battle of the managers

12:22 , Michael Jones

Mikel Arteta has won all 10 of his competitive games as an Arsenal player and manager against Newcastle.

Contrastingly, Eddie Howe lost all five Premier League away fixtures against Arsenal when he was Bournemouth manager.

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Smith Rowe can emulate Wright

12:18 , Michael Jones

If he scores today, Emile Smith Rowe will become the first English player to score in three successive home league matches for Arsenal since Ian Wright in 1997.

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Arsenal vs Newcastle: Newcastle’s bad run

12:15 , Michael Jones

Newcastle are on their third-longest winless streak in the Premier League, after a run of 14 matches in 1999 and 13 between December 2007 and March 2008.

This is the first time in 66 years that Newcastle haven’t kept a clean sheet after their opening 12 top-flight fixtures in a season.

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Arsenal’s home form

12:12 , Michael Jones

A fifth Premier League home defeat of 2021 would be the most in a calendar year since 1997 for Arsenal, when the Gunners lost six games at Highbury.

However, Mikel Arteta’s side are vying for a third consecutive Premier League home win having taken 13 out of a possible 15 points at home recently.

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Arteta on Lacazette

12:09 , Michael Jones

Alexandre Lacazette has been dropped to the bench for Arsenal today amid ongoing contract negotiations between the player and the club. Lacazette is free to talk to other clubs in January and could be on the verge of an exit at Arsenal with manager Mikel Arteta saying about the situation:

That’s a position that’s happening more and more in football. He [Lacazette] is not the only one, we have a few. That’s something we have to deal with - with contracts that they were coming from a few years ago - with certain particularities. We knew that was the case. I have already spoken with them individually about how we have to handle those situations the best possible way, and that’s it.

“It’s the situation that we have, whether you are concerned or not. Things have happened in the last few seasons for different players, where those possibilities are there. Sometimes the club has more control and sometimes the player has some more control. The important thing is that communication is clear, and the intentions of both parties – while they are together – are very clear.”

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Worrying signs for Newcastle

12:05 , Michael Jones

Newcastle are enduring their longest winless run from the beginning of a league season, 12 games with six draws and six defeats.

The only club to have gone this long without a victory from the start of a 38-game Premier League season and still avoid relegation is Derby County in 2000-01.

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Arsenal looking to bounce-back

12:02 , Michael Jones

Arsenal’s 10-game unbeaten run across all competitions was ended last weekend with a heavy defeat at Liverpool but the Gunners have never lost a Premier League home fixture against the side starting the day bottom of the table, winning 15 times and drawing six.

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Wilson close to a century

11:59 , Michael Jones

Newcastle’s Callum Wilson is one short of 100 career league goals. He scored 61 of them under Eddie Howe at Bournemouth.

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(Getty Images)

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Aubameyang’s form

11:56 , Michael Jones

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has beeen involved in nine goals in eight appearances against Newcastle which includes goals in his five most recent appearances against the Magpies.

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Head-to-head

11:52 , Michael Jones

Arsenal have won 17 of the last 18 meetings between the two teams in all competitions. The exception was a 2-1 Premier League defeat at St James’ Park in April 2018.

Newcastle are currently on a 10-match losing streak away to Arsenal, nine of them coming in the league.

The Magpies have gone six competitive games without a goal in this fixture, while Arsenal have opened the scoring in 17 successive meetings.

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Mikel Arteta not worried stars will leave Arsenal for Newcastle

11:48 , Michael Jones

Mikel Arteta insists he does not fear another Arsenal exodus as a result of Newcastle’s new-found wealth.

The two clubs go head-to-head in the Premier League on Saturday with the Magpies now under the ownership of Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed consortium, which has ambitious plans for the future.

Mikel Arteta not worried stars will leave Arsenal for Newcastle

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Arteta on Newcastle

11:45 , Michael Jones

The last time Newcastle beat the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium was back in 2010 when Andy Carroll scored in a 1-0 win. Mikel Arteta spoke about Arsenal’s good record against the Magpies and what he’s expecting from today’s game saying:

"Let’s keep that going! But it is a new game, obviously there are so changes happening there, you can see the momentum that is building and it is different.

"You see the last game they played as well, you saw some different things: new manager, new coaching staff, so let’s be prepared.

"From what I’ve seen of them in the last few games there were crucial moments in games where the game could have gone in a completely different way.

"We know the attacking threat that they have, they have players that can hurt you in the last 30 metres of the pitch and we’re gonna have to be really conscious of that and play as well as we can."

“Really looking forward to the game. After a defeat we want to play straight away in a different context. We are on a good run, we play at home, we will have our people right behind us and we are going to perform well.

“First of all play as well as we can and then we will be closer to winning the match.”

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Team changes

11:36 , Michael Jones

Mikel Arteta makes just one change to the Arsenal team that lost 4-0 at Anfield last week. Martin Odegaard comes in to replace Alexandre Lacazette.

There are three changes to Newcastle’s starting line-up. Martin Dubravka replaces Karl Darlow in goal with Jacob Murphy and Ciaran Clark replaced by Ryan Fraser and Emil Krafth.

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Line-ups

11:31 , Michael Jones

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares, Partey, Lokonga, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang

Newcastle XI: Dubravka, Fraser, Krafth, Lascelles, Schar, Ritchie, Shelvey, Willock, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Wilson

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Arteta on Willock

11:30 , Michael Jones

Joe Willock returns to the Emirates Stadium today for the first time since his move to Newcastle. Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, says it was a difficult decision to let Willock leave Arsenal but felt the 22-year-old would get more minutes at St. James’ Park. He said:

I think it will be really nice to have him [back], we all love and like Joe,

“Obviously it was a difficult decision to make to let him go, but I think he’s shown that’s what he needs as well to play the minutes that he’s finding there and find a new challenge.

“Yes {I’ve spoken to him] - not this week, but I have done it before and he knows the reception he’s going to get.”

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Recent results

11:26 , Michael Jones

Arsenal’s eight game unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end last weekend when Mikel Arteta’s men were humbled by Liverpool at Anfield. The Reds won 4-0 and the Gunners will be looking to bounce-back against bottom-placed Newcastle. After a slow start to the season Arsenal have fought their way up to fifth in the table and can draw level on points woth West Ham if they beat the magpies today.

Newcastle’s first game under Eddie Howe saw him managing the team from self-isolation after he tested positive for Covid-19. It was a beltin’ match against Brentford that ebbed and flowed both ways. Newcastle took the lead early in the first half but Ivan Toney cancelled out Jamaal Lascelles’s opener. Brentford were then twiced pegged backafter taking the lead with Allan Saint-Maximin’s 75th minute goal securing Newcastle a point.

The Magpies are yet to win this season and are in desperate need of points if they want to remain in the league next season. Can they earn three points against Arsenal this afternoon?

Arsenal vs Newcastle: Early team news

11:19 , Michael Jones

Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac remain absent for Arsenal but Kieran Tierney and Martin Odegaard could both return to the starting XI after time out through injury.

For Newcastle Dwight Gayle has a tight hamstring and will be assessed before the game with Paul Dummett the only other player to be unavailable.

Manager Eddie Howe will be in dugout for the first-time after missing his first match as head coach due to Coronavirus. Howe returned a negative Covid test on Friday.

Arsenal vs Newcastle United

11:14 , Lawrence Ostlere

Follow all the action as Arsenal host Newcastle in the Premier League’s early kick-off.

Mikel Arteta’s side’s unbeaten run came to a chastening end against Liverpool last weekend, with the Gunners resoundingly thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield. However, they remain just three points off the top four, albeit with a significantly inferior goal difference than West Ham. Arteta has few injury concerns to worry about, with Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney both fully fit, and the squad have had plenty of time to prepare for the fixture without midweek football.

Newcastle’s preparations have been hampered by Eddie Howe’s self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19, but the head coach was given clearance on Friday to take charge of Newcastle from the dugout for the first time. He will hope his presence can spark a turnaround, with the club bottom of the table and still without a win after twelve games of the season.

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