4-2-3-1: How Arsenal Could Line up vs Newcastle

Ruben Hill
December 15, 2017

A 2-1 defeat to Manchester United was followed by draws against Southampton and West Ham in the past couple of weeks.

The Gunners are now one point behind fourth-placed Tottenham, although Burnley and Liverpool are also sandwiched between the two North London rivals.

Arsenal are now seventh in the Premier League following a three-game winless run against Manchester United, Southampton and West Ham.

The Magpies will come into this game on the back of a awful run of form. They have picked up just one point from their last eight games and have dropped down to the sixteenth spot on the league table.

Actually prior to that there was a mini spell of good results, consecutive draws (4-4 and 0-0) at St James Park and the game before those two home results, saw newly promoted Newcastle go to The Emirates and win with an Andy Carroll header in 2010.

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The Gunners are now on a nine-game winning run against the Magpies in the league.

Jack Wilshere is expected to retain his spot in the starting eleven in the absence of Ramsey.

The Gunners have enjoyed a quite an impeccable record against the Magpies in the recent years, and understandably, they are huge favourites to win the game at 3/11 odds at Unibet.

The most prominent absence for Rafael Benitez's side will be that of midfielder Jonjo Shelvey after he received a red card in Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Everton.

Before even a kick of the ball this season, bookmakers were in most cases backing Arsenal to win the league odds at 14/1 (15.0) - around fifth favourites below the likes of rivals Spurs and Chelsea. Lacazette should replace compatriot Giroud in the center forward position.

Wenger switched to a back four at West Ham last night and after keeping a clean sheet I think the boss will stick with it against Newcastle on Saturday.

For the visitors, Dwight Gayle is available at 7/2 odds at Betfred.

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