Arsenal vs Newcastle United : The Gunners will be looking to solidify their top four ambitions, and SportPesa brings you the match stat pack
English Premier League
Team : Arsenal vs Newcastle United
Date : Monday, April 1, 2019
Start Time : 3:00 PM ET
Arsenal have won all six of their home league matches in 2019 and are one of only three of the 92 English league clubs yet to drop a home point this calendar year, along with Manchester City and Sheffield United.There are very few top flight matches Monday, before a chaotic week of fixtures all across Europe.
Next week is when he fun really begins, especially for the Premier League teams. All of the top six will be in action across Europe: four teams in the UEFA Champions League, and two others in the UEFA Europa League.
But before the teams get their glamor ties, they have a lot to do at home. The race for the title, and for the top four, is about as close as any season in the last decade.
Take one look at the battle for the top four, which guarantees lucrative Champions League play next season, and it is mind boggling just how close the battle is. Before Arsenal’s home match Monday with Newcastle United, third through sixth is separated by just one point. With a win, the Gunners (60 points) would leap frog Tottenham (61 points) and Manchester United (61 points) into third, with seven matches to go.
The question is, will Arsenal take advantage of its opportunity Monday, before the other three teams in the battle (Chelsea sits on 60 points in sixth) take to the pitches Tuesday and Wednesday in crucial battles?
Arsenal has owned the Magpies. The Gunners have won 16 of the last 18 matches against Newcastle, with one draw. The lone win for Newcastle stretching back a long time was last April, 2-1 at home. Newcastle has been able to score some goals of late, and could all but guarantee safety with a win. Three points would put the Magpies 10 points ahead of Cardiff City with just 21 points left for which to play.
But it is all there for Arsenal at the Emirates; with two tricky away matches coming up (Everton on Sunday, Watford on the 13th), the Gunners will need to get all three points to ensure they do not fall behind in the top four race.It’s oddly cruel that, after two long weeks of no Premier League football, Arsenal aren’t going to be playing until Monday. But alas, it is what it is, and at least by time we take the pitch, we will see third place ahead of us after Tottenham undoubtedly drop points at Anfield.
Welcoming Newcastle to the Emirates seems a tame enough match, yet every time I say that, I eat my words (except Manchester United). Newcastle aren’t in any real danger of relegation, and the Gunners are more motivated than they’ve been all year, with a specific interest in carrying that motivation over from before the extended lay-off.
By that standard, you have to expect that this is a match that Unai Emery will go into guns blazing. There can’t be any mistakes here, not with what’s at stake. And in the past, when that’s been the case, Emery has had one clear directive – the 3-5-2.
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As such, it’s hard to predict anything other than a 3-5-2 here, having seen Emery deploy the same at home against Rennes, when backed into a corner, and at home against Manchester United, with so much on the line.
The objective is to hit the Magpies hard and early, and the best way to do that is with the formation that’s been accomplishing exactly that in previous matches, even if Unai Emery isn’t one to reuse a formation just because it’s working.With the FA Cup taking place prior to the international break, Arsenal come into the clash well rested – not playing since their 3-0 home win against Rennes in the Europa League on March 14.