Arsenal went into the international break with two huge results, beating Manchester United and Stade Rennes to advance in the Europa League. This has put them in pole position to make it back into the Champions League through either the Premier League or Europa League. They can’t let those good results go to waste by throwing away points against teams they are expected to beat like Newcastle. If they are to achieve their objective of top four this season, they’ll need all three points on Monday.
Newcastle’s win against Everton and draw against Bournemouth put them seven points clear of relegation. They should be safe from the bottom three with one more win and they’d love to get it as soon as possible. Getting three points at the Emirates will be difficult, but it would be a huge boost to their league campaign.
Arsenal have some fitness issues with Aaron Ramsey, Nacho Monreal and Granit Xhaka all being doubts and Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding all missing out with long term injuries, according to Physioroom.com.
Newcastle have some troubles of their own with Jamaal Lascelles a doubt for the match and Sean Longstaff missing out, according to Physioroom.com. They’ll also be without Fabian Schar as he is suspended, according to the FA website.
Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang’s ability to get good shots is nothing short of world class. That ability can win Arsenal this match on its own. Ultimately, if he scores two or three goals, Arsenal will likely win.
Newcastle United: Miguel Almiron
Almiron has added a creative spark to the Magpies that they lacked earlier in the season. His ability to get shots for himself and create for others has been a huge shot in the arm for a struggling attack.
There’s no reason to doubt Arsenal in this match. They’re the more talented team and they’re spectacular at home.
Prediction: 3-1 Arsenal