Paul Merson not convinced that Arsenal can make “a huge statement” by winning at St James Park

Arsenal have a mission this weekend: get back to winning ways. With their unbeaten league run on the line, the Gunners will be looking to pick up a win after losing to West Ham in the Carabao on Wednesday night.

Arsenal’s next game is against Newcastle at Saint James Park. In his Sportskeeda column, Paul Merson makes his predictions for the Newcastle vs. Arsenal match. He believes the best result Arsenal can get from that encounter is a draw, predicting a 1-1 tie.

Why the draw? He believes the loss to the Hammers was a knockout punch and that the Magpies are difficult to beat at home with their crowd cheering them on. He said: “It could turn out to be a blessing for Arsenal that they were eliminated from the Carabao Cup, as it allows them to put more focus on their Premier League title challenge.

“I look at this game and think if Arsenal win, the race for the league title becomes a heads-or-tail clash between the Gunners and Manchester City, as an away victory at St. James’ Park would be a huge statement.”

“Newcastle have injuries but they are a good team at home and rarely lose games in front of their own fans. The West Ham result won’t hurt Arsenal in the long term but could prove to be a bit of a knockout punch, so I’m going for a 1-1 draw here.”

Let’s hope that Merson has got this one wrong Gooners, and Arsenal bounce back quickly with their first team on the pitch.

Darren N


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  1. I will go with 1-3 in favour of arsenal this is a game were it will not end without a penalty and i hope it will be for arsenal, Newcastle have got lots of injury to their first choice player unlike arsenal who are only missing Jesus,Partey hasn’t played much and hasn’t been surely miss that much.

  2. City made a statement away at united last week, we have to do the same this week by beating Toons at their backyard. COYG!!!

    1. Making statement is irrelevant. Last season we made statement all season and still lost title. This season what will be bigger statement than winning mancity. We have already made statement, but it won’t mean anything if we slip against lesser team like Newcastle or luton or whoever. All the matches gives us 3 points be it against mancity or be it against Luton and its the 3 points that matters and that should be our target in each and every match.

  3. Mers is unfortunately right. If we’re the real deal or not will be determined this weekend. This is our 2nd big away match of the season. First was against Chelsea who aren’t even good and we were poor for most of that gam. Newcastle will be raring to go and are actually clinical. we’ve had many games this season where we just don’t look like a title challenging side. Ive had many worries about the squad this season. Let’s see if they’re good enough. Newcastle are favorites for this match.

  4. I Still don’t think Arsenal have hit 3rd gear yet, we aren’t playing quite like we did last season, but I think we will soon, lets hope it starts tomorrow, but I don’t think It will quite yet.
    2-1 Arsenal

    1. There are 2 factors in Arsenal: first is Saliba factor which brings defensive solidarity in the team and the second is Partey factor which brings control in midfield with creative spark which enhance our attacking unit. And this means Partey at his best not the injured jaded one. While we have got better midfielder in Rice, but what Partey bring to this Arsenal team hasn’t been yet replaced adequately. I guess fit again Partey and Rice partnership can give us 3rd gear and bring that efficiency to the team.

    2. DEAN, presumably you know litle about cars, as your “not hit third gear yet” statement tells me!

      My car is only slowly driving when in third gear,so a side yet to lose a Prem game after ten matches, is IN NO WAY YET TO REACH third gear.

      Had you said “not yet top gear” instead, I could have said you have a point.

  5. Η Newcastle is a tough team at times and unsportsmanlike. At home they are the definition of a tough team, they clearly have technical qualities with skilled players. I think at the moment we are Compared to our last visit a step lower. Let’s hope we are not chatty and finish the phases faster. More risk at the end this is football,It is not possible to score the final shot, the player must do it with the perfect shooting field

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