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Arsenal v Newcastle: match preview


Arsenal and Newcastle go again at the Emirates nine days after contesting a tight 120 minutes in the FA Cup third round. A similar affair looks likely unless the home side strike early: the Magpies are adept when asked to sit in but, as they showed at Sheffield United, a more proactive approach appears to be beyond them. Arsenal’s turgid draw with Crystal Palace showed their improved form has not cured everything; they will hope Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli, driving forces of late, are able to return from injuries on schedule. Nick Ames

Monday 8pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue Emirates Stadium

Last season Arsenal 4 Newcastle 0

Referee David Coote

This season G9 Y34 R2 4.22 cards/game

Odds H 1-2 A 15-2 D 4-1

ARSENAL

Subs from Rúnarsson, Soares, Chambers, Mustafi, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Willian, Nelson, Martinelli, Pépé, Balogun, Nketiah

Doubtful Martinelli (ankle), Tierney (calf)

Injured Marí (calf, 30 Jan)

Suspended None

Discipline Y27 R3

Form DLWWWD

Leading scorer Lacazette 7

NEWCASTLE

Subs from Dubravka, Carroll, Gayle, Lewis, Krafth, Gillespie, Shelvey, M Longstaff, Murphy, Ritchie, Fernández

Doubtful None

Injured Lascelles (illness, unknown), Saint-Maximin (illness, unknown)

Suspended Fraser (one match)

Discipline Y32 R1

Form LDLDLL

Leading scorer Wilson 8



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