Arsenal can move level on points with fourth placed West Ham if beating Newcastle. The Gunners start this weeken in fifth place, while the visitors have sunk to the bottom of the Premier League. Arsenal had been unbeaten in ten games before the 4-0 loss at Liverpool last Sunday. Up against out-of-form sides and teams in the bottom half, Arsenal can pile up the points but struggle when playing the very best. Arteta has a long way to go before his team can become title contenders. Home form this season has seen Arsenal win four of the last five in the Premier League. Of that quartet beaten, three have changed their manager this season and now comes another that fits that description.
Newcastle are still without a win this season. Last weekend saw them go to the bottom of the Premier League, five points from safety. With a tough fixture list coming up, Newcastle look very likely to be in the relegation zone when starting to spend their millions in January. Since the new owners have arrived, two league games have been lost and the other three drawn. Eddie Howe will hopefully be well enough to be with his new club and he has one heck of a job on his hands. He needs to get that first win and find a way of stopping his side conceding goals. The last ten games have seen them fail to keep a clean sheet, that has to be improved on. Newcastle don't have a great record against the Gunners. They have lost the last seven meetings and we believe it'll be eight after this weekend.