Can Arsenal continue their purple patch against Newcastle United this Saturday? by SE
Arsenal travel to St. James’ Park to take on Newcastle United in the Barclays Premier League this Saturday, having lost to AS Monaco on the away goal rule and subsequently relinquished a great chance to progress to the last eight of this season’s UEFA Champions League. However, Arsene Wenger’s men are on a 5-match unbeaten streak, keeping 3 cleansheets, scoring 11 goals and conceding just two during that period. The Magpies are playing rather poorly and were taken to the cleaners at Goodison Park last weekend, but can they resist an Arsenal side that is cruising at this stage of the season?
The Gunners usually show their real class during the latter stages of a season, and it has been no different this time around. The Santiago Cazorlas, Mesut Ozils, Olivier Girouds and Danny Welbecks are holding their own in an attacking sense for the North Londoners, whose defense has also come good in recent weeks.
Alexis Sanchez, though, is going through a minor dip in form, if you could put it that way, which has seen the Chilean score 1 goal and create just 7 goal scoring chances in his last 5 Premier League outings for Arsenal. Sanchez could use this weekend’s outing against John Carver’s men as a means of getting back to form, before his side faces tougher assignments once Premier League action returns after the international break.
The likes of Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy will not be available for this weekend’s trip to Newcastle, although it shouldn’t really bother a rampant Arsenal side that is arguably playing the best brand of football in the country at the moment. As long as the North London club doesn’t suffer any further injuries, they should do alright and build on their recent good form.
Saturday’s hosts, unlike their in-form opponents, have been over-reliant on Moussa Sissoko to create and score goals for them. Papiss Demba Cisse, who is their leading goal scorer of the season with 11 league goals to his name, is serving a 7-match suspension for allegedly spitting on Jonny Evans during his side’s 0-1 defeat to Manchester United earlier this month. Midst such a crisis in attack, their defense has not been watertight right from the beginning of the season.
Newcastle do not have any major injury concerns, except for Cheick Tiote, who is ruled out for the season, with a knee injury he picked up while playing for Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations. Fabricio Coloccini received a straight red card for his challenge on Aaron Lennon in his side’s 0-3 loss to Everton last weekend, and is unavailable to face the Gunners this Saturday.
Barring an incredible Arsenal implosion, I can’t see the Magpies getting anything from this game. Wenger’s wizards, however, will look to keep their rhythm going and win their game on Saturday, as they could then pull away from Manchester United and Liverpool, who are set to clash at Anfield on Sunday.
For the SECOND time, we will be using a new IN PLAY phone app for Android or Apple for the Arsenal fans to interact on Matchday, and this game should be a lot better as we now know how to use it!. Everyone can download the app on this link, and then join the Fan Club called Just Arsenal News. If you are asked for a code to join our Just Arsenal” Fan Club
it is 1942M.
Once you have joined you will see a small eye on top right (This is called DISCOVERY) then hit the search button at the top and enter ‘Arsenal Game chat’ or the code for the MatchDay chat which is NKXQQ and I will approve you as a member. We got over 200 fans registered last weekend, so hopefully we can all get interacting during the match. All those who registered last week DO NOT need to re-register. Everyone get registered and we can start chatting just before the game. Come on you Gooners!