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Predicted Newcastle Starting 11 v Arsenal

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Match Preview Arsenal v Newcastle
Monday 28 April 8pm

Arsenal always grab the headlines sometime during each season about their ‘failure’ but they haven’t got a clue when it comes to doing it properly.

In their last ten matches, the Gunners have only lost twice, one a crushing six goal defeat to Chelsea and an equally crushing in terms of importance, loss to Champions League rivals Everton. In that period they’ve also won away at Spurs and drawn at the home of arguably the best team in the world, Bayern Munich.

In contrast, Newcastle have only won 4 of their last 18 matches and to add to our misery, the team have failed to score in an embarrassing 12 of those 18 fixtures.

In fact that 18 match run started against Arsenal. Boxing Day had seen Newcastle recover from an awful first half to crush nine man Stoke 5-1 and given everybody hope that the season wasn’t actually going to fall apart as the doom-mongers were saying.

Arsenal were next up in our last home match of 2013 at St.James’ Park and while Arsenal were maybe the better team on the day, Newcastle were in the match right until the final whistle before the it blew on a one goal defeat.

That day, arguably Arsenal’s two most creative players didn’t play, however both are now back in the team with 14 goal Ramsey and big signing Ozil looking to dominate Newcastle and put their team another step towards Champions League qualification.

I hate to say it but with only one point currently separating Arsenal and Everton it is a real possibility that goal difference could come into play. Everton are two goals superior so if/when Arsenal take the lead against United then do not expect them to sit back and look to take a narrow comfortable victory.

Again everything is relative and while Giroud has taken a lot of stick he has still scored 20 goals in all competitions.

Newcastle hopes will of course rest on Loic Remy rediscovering his form in front of goal after nearly two months off. He didn’t look particularly keen to be on the pitch when brought on against Swansea, unlike the as ever 100% effort and commitment from Mathieu Debuchy who also had to take the pitch earlier than expected.

I have to hope another nine days recuperation will have put Remy in a better frame of mind to put it in.

Also on the wish list is the hope that Moussa Sissoko can come straight back into the starting 11 after a month out, he was back in full training on Thursday so fingers crossed he can be involved from the start.

Arsenal are undefeated at the Emirates in the Premier League since their first home match of the season against Villa, so when putting that alongside Newcastle’s shocking form it doesn’t give you much room for optimism.

However, as always nothing surprises you in football and we have to hope the three missed players all start and play to near their best, as well as re-energising their teammates.

Again hopefully, let’s hope that the fact it is a match televised to the World will help encourage every player to step up, plus of course we have the return of our secret weapon – yes please welcome Alan Pardew back to the touchline, what could possibly go wrong…

Arsenal v Newcastle Betting – NUFC Win 21/2 – Loic Remy 1st Goal 19/2 – Arsenal To Win By 4 Or More Goals 19/4

To view all Arsenal v Newcastle betting click HERE (Prices can fluctuate up and down)

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