When Arsenal and Newcastle meet it tends to be a good one with the fixture usually having the potential to be full of goals.

Their last meeting in the FA Cup earlier this month lacked the goals inside 90 minutes but with two from the Gunners in extra-time, there was late drama.

This time they meet in the Premier League as Arsenal host Newcastle on Monday night and we’ve previewed the action below.

Arsenal looking stronger

Ever since their Boxing Day defeat of Chelsea, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have looked a lot stronger than earlier on in the season. They have begun to play more free-flowing football as well as scoring some impressive goals. Premier League victories over Brighton and West Brom should be expected from a team like Arsenal, but in both games they looked like a different team than they did before Christmas, although they did draw a blank in Thursday’s 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.

This has mostly been down to the newfound form of Alexandre Lacazette and the introduction of Emile Smith Rowe, playfully dubbed the ‘Croydon Kaka’ by Gunners fans, alongside strong form from the likes of Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney. It seems to be some of Arsenal’s more experienced players letting them down, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang only managing three goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season and new signing Willian struggling to make the impact fans would have hoped for. But if Aubameyang can return to last season’s form, Arsenal could be a force again.

Although frustrating, the Gunners’ goalless draw against Palace extended their unbeaten run to five matches, while the return of Thomas Partey from injury was a massive bonus. Gabriel Martinelli should also return from injury on Monday, with Arsenal firm favourites to beat Newcastle at 2/5, while Lacazette to get back amongst the goals as the first goalscorer is 12/5.

Magpies far from flying

It’s no secret that Newcastle are in poor form. Coming into this game they are winless in their last eight in all competitions and their last Premier League win came on 12th December.

Their last game was a dismal defeat to bottom-of-the-league Sheffield United. Steve Bruce admitted fault and stated that his tactics were wrong and the pressure really could be on for the veteran manager as the Magpies sit in 15th, seven points above the relegation zone.

Newcastle, though, may feel quietly confident off the back of their FA Cup defeat to Arsenal. Although they lost, they held steady for 90 minutes and caused the Gunners a fair number of problems. A win on Monday would be a huge boost for Bruce and his men. They are 15/2 to get the win with key man Callum Wilson 7/5 to score anytime. All of Newcastle’s centre-backs received yellow cards in their recent cup tie with the Gunners, and Magpies skipper Jamaal Lascelles is 11/4 to be booked again here.

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