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A late equaliser from Arsenal’s loanee Joe Willock saw Newcastle lengthen their unbeaten run to four games with that 1-1 draw against Liverpool at the weekend.
The Magpies beat both West Ham and Burnley prior to that and now with just one defeat in eight outings, they’ve pretty much secured their spot in England’s top flight for next season.
A scrappy European semi-final Europe League defeat for Arsenal on Thursday night means they’ve now lost back-to-back fixtures for the second time this calendar year.
Ex-manager Unai Emery was the man to overcome them last night and now with just two wins from their last nine outings, it’s now or never for the Gunners to turn their season around.
The best gauge for us in this fixture is to look at how Newcastle have fared against the likes of Leeds, Aston Villa, Wolves and Arsenal themselves this term.
They've lost four of those seven winless outings against the teams currently sitting between ninth and 12th, although they’re just D2-L1 at St James’ Park.
The Gunners have had a hold on this head-to-head down the years though, winning 15 of the last 16 meetings across all competitions since the start of the 2012/13 campaign, and with that in mind, it makes it difficult to get behind them in the outright market.
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It’s no surprise that the upturn in the hosts’ form has coincided with the return from injury of their key attacking players. They’ve gone W7-D2-L6 this season when both Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson have featured together this season, including wins in three of their last four unbeaten outings, while that’s a mere W2-D7-L9 when either of them has been missing.
Mikel Arteta has been buoyant about the returning of his key men back to the training ground. All of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexander Lacazette, Kieran Tierney and David Luiz are putting in the hard yards to try and help the side out for the final push of the season.
They have a very impressive record against the current bottom seven sides in the Premier League, winning five of their last seven unbeaten outings, as well as victories in five of their six unbeaten trips this term.
With this game falling between Arsenal’s two legs against Villarreal we wouldn’t expect them to be firing on all cylinders and perhaps the best angle looks to be backing both sides to get on the scoreboard.
Five of the visitors last seven trips have seen both sides get on the scoreboard, while that has been the case in all of Newcastle’s last eight at St James’ Park.