Arsenal and Newcastle United are level on points and separated only by goal difference ahead of their match #26 of the English Premier League season. Arsenal start this round at 10th with 31 points, while Newcastle are 12th with the same number.
Arsenal are improving slowly under Mikel Arteta, but are still 10 points behind the top-four. The Gunners come into this match on the back of a disappointing goalless draw at Burnley. In fact, Arsenal are on a run of four straight draws in the Premier League. Furthermore, the hosts have drawn six of their last eight and 13 of their 25 overall this season. Arsenal’s inability to close out games could be massive, as they look to reduce the gap with top-four. Even at home, Arsenal have drawn five of their last 11 Premier League fixtures at this venue. However, they have won only one of their last eight Premier League matches at home.
Newcastle have the same number of points as Arsenal, but the table doesn’t tell the entire story. The Magpies travel here on the back of a goalless draw against Norwich that makes them lossless in four matches. They have won once and drawn thrice during this run, but were lucky to have endured this run. Indeed, Newcastle have won only once since Christmas, losing three and drawing three of the seven Premier League matches hence. With just 24 goals to their name, Newcastle have been struggling for impact in front of the goal. There is no confidence that it would change this time. Away from home, Newcastle have failed to win their last four, although drawing the last two.
Arsenal have drawn their last four in the Premier League, which meant they have lost some steam in the race for top-four. However, Arsenal have won their last six home league matches against Newcastle United and should be confident of extending that. Newcastle United have been very lucky to stay close to the top-10, and that might not be of help in this encounter.