Arsenal suffered a major setback in their attempts to reach the Europa League Final against Villarreal in the semifinal first leg. The Gunners fell 2-1 and were down two goals by the halftime break. Mikel Arteta could be sacked if the Gunners do not reach the final and win it.

On Sunday, Arsenal play Newcastle United at St. James’ Park. Steve Bruce’s team are just nine points ahead of 18th-place Fulham in the race for Premier League survival. There are still 15 points to play for this season which means the Magpies can still be relegated to the Championship.

While Newcastle United are 10th, Arsenal are trying to qualify for Europe through the league – which looks like an impossible task. They are nine points behind fifth-placed West Ham going into matchday 34. Based on form, winless in back-to-back games, Arsenal are unlikely to qualify for Europe unless they win the Europa League.

Newcastle United and Arsenal have played twice already this season in league and cup fixtures. Their FA Cup match finished nil-nil at full-time before Arsenal won in extra-time. Arsenal thrashed Newcastle United 3-0 in their Premier League match at the Emirates.

Newcastle United vs Arsenal Betting Odds

 

Arsenal scored all three goals in the reverse fixture in the second half against Newcastle United. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice and Bukayo Saka added another. The last six games between these teams in all competitions ended without a loss for Arsenal. Five of those games were victories.

Newcastle United took nine points from the last 18 available. They are unbeaten in four straight games with two wins and two draws claimed. The defence did concede goals over the course of those six fixtures, however. Ten were allowed to opponents while nine were scored. Bookies have Newcastle United at odds of 14/5 to win at full-time versus Arsenal. The 2017-18 season was the last time Newcastle United won at St. James’ Park against the Gunners.

Arsenal are at odds of 21/20 to claim a second straight win over Newcastle United in the Premier League. The Gunners took eight points from their last 18 on offer in the division. The defence freely let in other teams to the tune of nine goals. Meanwhile, Arteta’s side scored nine goals of their own. Arsenal are coming off of a 1-0 loss to Everton at the Emirates.

Newcastle United and Arsenal did draw in the FA Cup earlier this season, nil-nil. Arsenal won the game in extra-time, however. Bookies have the league rivals at odds of 53/20 to finish in a stalemate on Sunday. Newcastle United have drawn nine of their 33 games this term. Arsenal, on the other hand, have drawn seven times.

Newcastle United vs Arsenal Team News

Bruce has six names on the Newcastle United injury list going into the game on Sunday at St. James’ Park. Defender Jamaal Lascelles is ruled out with a foot injury. Ryan Frase continues to be sidelined due to a groin issue. Back-up goalie Karl Darlow has a knee injury that will keep him out of action.

Defender Fabian Schar is nearing a return but is not guaranteed a place in the team. Defender Isaac Hayden will miss the game due to a knee injury. Meanwhile, on loan player Joe Willock is ruled out due to Newcastle United playing his parent club Arsenal.

Arteta only has two injuries to be concerned with but the manager may need to rotate the side for the trip to the northeast. Kieran Tierney and David Luiz are both doubts to play the match due to knee injuries. Luiz was in the squad for the Europa League semifinal first leg but didn’t play.

The good news for the manager is striker Alexandre Lacazette is fit to play. He could be saved for the Europa League semifinal second leg. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also off the injury list following a bout of malaria. He too could be saved. Aubameyang came on as a second half sub against Villarreal. Emile Smith-Row played as the team’s No. 9 in Spain. It is more likely that Eddie Nketiah will get the start as the team’s central striker if Lacazette is unable to start.

Newcastle United vs Arsenal Prediction

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Arsenal are coming off of a disappointing loss to Villarreal in midweek in the Europa League semifinal. They conceded twice to the Spanish side. The Gunners have conceded goals in back-to-back league matches and are looking vulnerable at the back. Newcastle United’s last four Premier League games ended with both sides finding the back of the net. All four of those games ended without a loss for the Magpies.

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Callum Wilson has 10 goals in 24 league appearances for the Magpies. He has scored since matchday 21 against Everton and is on a goalscoring drought. He spent several weeks out injured, however. Wilson is still searching for form and could get on the scoresheet against the Gunners. He has only played sparingly in the last three games, which has been part of the reason for his lack of goals.

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A win for Newcastle United could seal – or nearly seal – their Premier League safety. However, they have not defeated Arsenal since 2017-18. The victory came in the league at St. James’ Park. This is the perfect time to play the Gunners. Arsenal are struggling in all competitions while Newcastle United are on a four-game unbeaten run. Four of Newcastle United’s last five games finished with over 2.5 goals. Four Arsenal’s last six matches in the Premier League finished with more than 2.5 goals.

This is the perfect time for Newcastle United to get a win against Arsenal. The Gunners have their attention on the Europa League semifinals while the Magpies are focused on Premier League survival. Can the Magpies get a rare win and move further from the relegation zone?