Let’s take a look at the team news as Arsenal will be travelling to the north on Sunday for their Premier League game against Newcastle United. The Gunners will be looking to maintain their momentum, while the Eddie Howe’s side will be eager to continue their winning form.
In their respective previous games, both teams emerged victorious with 3-1 scorelines. Newcastle United overcame Southampton after a superb comeback from a losing position, while Arsenal delivered a convincing performance to defeat Chelsea. The triumph undoubtedly restored some confidence within the ranks, and Mikel Arteta’s squad must pull together for this one given the Magpies’ stellar home record.
The St. James’ Park has been nothing short of a cauldron this term, with the Toon Army currently in a fervent mood. Their Magpies are almost certain to finish in the top-four this season and close to securing a Champions League berth.
In April, both Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak performed exceptionally well, but it’s likely that the latter will be given the chance to start on Sunday. Joelinton and Jacob Murphy are expected to flank the Swedish striker, while Sean Longstaff will probably come back into the midfield three alongside Joe Willock, a former Arsenal player. Allan Saint-Maximin may not be fit enough to start the match, having spent a couple of weeks out injured.
Jakub Kiwior is expected to retain his position in defense after a remarkable performance against Chelsea. Unfortunately, William Saliba will remain unavailable for the visitors, and both Mohamed Elneny and Takehiro Tomiyasu are out with long-term injuries.
Additionally, Gabriel’s availability for the game is uncertain after sustaining a knock in the mid-week game. Arteta has expressed concern over the Brazilian centre-back, who suffered an injury in the dying moments of their victory against the Blues, especially with William Saliba already out.
Player To Watch Out For – Alexander Isak
One of Isak’s most notable skills is his dribbling ability. He has excellent ball control and is able to dribble past defenders with ease, even in tight spaces. This skill allows him to create opportunities for himself and his teammates, making him a valuable asset to any team he plays for.
In addition to his dribbling, the Swede is also an excellent finisher. He has a powerful and accurate shot, which he can use to score from both inside and outside the box. He is also able to score with both feet, which makes him unpredictable and difficult for defenders to mark.
The 23-year-old is also a physically imposing player, standing at 6’3″ tall. He uses his height and strength to his advantage, particularly in aerial duels and hold-up play. He is also able to use his body to shield the ball from opposing defenders, which makes him difficult to dispossess.
Finally, Alexander Isak is known for his work rate and ability to press the opposition. He is not afraid to track back and defend when his team loses possession, and his speed and tenacity make him difficult for opposing players to evade.
Arsenal Predicted Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1):
Aaron Ramsdale (GK); Ben White (RB), Jakub Kiwior (CB), Gabriel (CB), Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB); Granit Xhaka (CM), Thomas Partey (CM); Bukayo Saka (RW), Martin Odegaard (CAM), Gabriel Martinelli (LW); Gabriel Jesus (ST).
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Newcastle United 1-1 Arsenal
In the previous encounter between the two teams, Eddie Howe employed a cautious and pragmatic approach, successfully nullifying the Gunners’ attacks. However, with the visitors missing Saliba, it is expected that the English manager will opt for a more aggressive game-plan on home turf.
Newcastle United are likely to take advantage of the vulnerable build-up play of Arsenal. The Magpies have been impressive at St. James’ Park this season, and it is difficult to see Arteta’s team leaving with all three points, despite their recent confidence-boosting win.
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