Arsenal have no time to wallow in their Premier League misery as they travel to St James’ Park on Monday to face Eddie Howe’s Newcastle. Here is the match preview.
Everything that could possibly have gone wrong against Tottenham did indeed go wrong.
Senior figures like Cedric Soares and Rob Holding crumbled – the latter getting himself sent off – and Gabriel went down injured with the score at an already despairing 3-0.
Losing to them up the road always cuts deep. This one came with additional stab wounds.
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The defeat means that Arsenal’s lead over Tottenham is narrowed to a single point, although by the time they kick-off on Tyneside they could well be trailing Antonio Conte’s men. Spurs host Burnley on Sunday in a game they are largely expected to win.
What Arsenal must do is what they have aimed to do in every game this season: win. No fixture have they entered into without the objective of leaving with all three points, and anything less than six from their remaining two outings against Newcastle and Everton is sure to see them play Europa League football next season.
But despite what the table might say, this is no easy game.
Eddie Howe has done a tremendous job since taking over at the Magpies. Yes, he had cash to splash in the January window, but there was only one marquee name brought in. He’s stabalised them defensively, made St James’ Park a formidable place to come, and squeezed the best out of players who were failing tremendously under Steve Bruce.
All that can be done for Arsenal is to win the game.
Want some omens? The Gunners have won 17 and lost just one of their last 18 Premier League games against Newcastle, while they have lost just one of the last 13 at St James’ Park – winning seven of the last eight.
Let’s hope that continues, because this is the biggest game of the season for this team. The nerves have already kicked in.
How to Watch on TV
When Is Kick Off? Monday 16 May
What Time Is Kick Off? 20:00 (GMT)
Where Is it Played? St James’ Park
TV Channel/Live Stream? Sky Sports (UK) fuboTV (USA)
Referee? Darren England
Who is on VAR? Jarred Gillett
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