3 key battles that will decide Newcastle vs Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal crosses the ball ahead of Dan Burn of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 03, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal crosses the ball ahead of Dan Burn of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 03, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) /
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Alexander Isak heads into the game in tremendous form.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Alexander Isak heads into the game in tremendous form.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) /

3. Isak and Wilson vs Kiwior

Newcastle’s defence has won the plaudits this season; however, Callum Wilson’s 15 Premier League goals have been overlooked by many, and despite an injury-hit debut season, Alexander Isak has bagged an impressive ten in 17 games.

Both strikers are very different, with Wilson being more of a traditional nine, whereas Isak drifts wide, and is a graceful dribbler who can beat players with ease, while also processing incredible ball-striking skills.

With Jakub Kiwior only having one Premier League start under his belt, you’d expect whoever starts to target him, which could be an extremely interesting battle.

Against Chelsea, Kiwior showed his bravery and was confident on the ball, confident in headed duels and showed his recovery ability on numerous occasions with his incredible pace, which could be vital against two very quick forwards.

With Gabriel fit, Arsenal have been handed a boost going into the game, and he will be there to guide Kiwior and enable him to focus on his game.