ARSENAL TEAM: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud
SUBS: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Kallstrom, Flamini, Rosicky, Sanogo
NEWCASTLE TEAM: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Dummett; Gosling, Anita, Tiote, Gouffran; Sissoko; Remy
SUBS: Elliot, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, S Taylor, Obertan, Armstrong, Shola Ameobi
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For Fantasy Football fans here is the key ownership figures for both teams
Everton’s slip up at the weekend gives Arsenal a chance to regain a four point gap in the race for fourth place.
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A win will all but guarantee Arsenal’s Champions League future for next season and more importantly, a successfull campaign under the much scrtutinized Arsene Wenger. Opponents Newcastle have lost their last five Premier League fixtures, a new and unwelcome record. However, the toon will be boosted by the return of manager Alan Pardew who has completed his seven-game touchline ban. Despite the North East club being comfortably safe, it is vitally important Pardew accumulates points before the season finishes, as his future at the club has already been speculated around the media.
“Our recent run has not been good enough for our fans – they’ve made that very, very clear – and certainly hasn’t been good enough for me or my staff, and I include the players in that. They’re desperate to win.” Alan Pardew
Arsenal looked back to their old best in an impressive 3-0 victory away to Hull last weekend, which was orchestrated by the fit again Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil. The duo’s return from injury has been a huge boost for the club and the question remains whether the Gunners could have launched a stronger title challenge if injuries did not blight their season. Newcastle are likely to have star striker Loic Remy back in the starting line-up; having managed to come off the bench in last week’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea. Remy has not started a Premier League fixture since the 1st of March and his absence has been clear for all to see as his team-mates have only managed to score one goal in their last seven Premier League matches.
- Thomas Vermaelen will undergo a late fitness test
- Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere are still a week away from fitness
- Papiss Cisse misses out with a knee injury
- Moussa Sissoko and Luke de Jong face late fitness tests
- Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa may return to the starting XI
Form guide (Last 5 games)
Head to Head (Last 5 games)
- Arsenal have won their last four meetings with Newcastle
- Lukas Podolski has five goals in his last five Premier League matches
- The Magpies have lost eight of their last 10 matches at Arsenal
- Despite losing nine of their last 12, Newcastle are still in the top-half of the Premier League table