Arsenal will be firmly in the driving seat when it comes to Champions League football if they can take victory against Newcastle on Monday.
But after a miserable 3-0 defeat to Tottenham on Thursday, could doubt be setting in with the Gunners?
Arsenal have won 17 of their 18 visits to St James’ Park
Tonight’s hosts have lost their last two, albeit against the Premier League’s two best teams. But that recent 1-0 loss to Liverpool aside, the Magpies have taken victory from their last six home games.
Arsenal do have a superb record against this side, though – in 17 of their last 18 league visits to St James’ Park, Arsenal have won.
The Gunners have also won each of the last eight encounters with this side in all comps. In the last seven of those matches, Newcastle have failed to score.
Eddie Nketiah has four goals in five games
This Newcastle is not the team of old, of course. And pressure can do strange things. It’s possible Arsenal could buckle under the weight of expectation.
But it’s surely more likely that this highly motivated team will be able to take the victory they need here.
Eddie Nketiah is 9/2 to score the opener; with four goals in five games, he still seems the Gunners likeliest source of goals.
Arsenal to win and Both Teams To Score is a 47/20 shot; it’s a bet that would have paid out in each of Arsenal’s last four victories.
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