Newcastle United prepare to travel down to the Emirates Stadium this Saturday in a clash against fifth-placed Arsenal. Newly-appointed manager Eddie Howe will want to make a bright start to his recently new managerial career and assist his team in grabbing all three points whilst facing the Gunners. However, Mikel Arteta will take all measures necessary to keep those three points on London soil as they continue to climb the table, sitting comfortably within the top five.
Howe finds himself in a desperate bid after recently being appointed manager, as Newcastle have been unable to put their name to one win this season. The North East side have also lost half the games they have played this season, being able to scrape a draw in regards the other six games. These continuous defeats have left the Magpies in the dangers of the relegation zone, sitting bottom of the table with only six points.
Newcastle's form seemed as though it was taking a positive turn last week when hosting Brentford on Saturday, despite the absence of their manager who was isolating after contracting Covid-19. Jaamal Lascelles was able to get his name on the scoresheet within the first 10 minutes, however, Brentford were able to equalise the score just one minute later. The Magpies later fired two more past Alvaro Fernandez, but it wasn’t meant to be for Howe's side as they had to settle with a 3-3 draw, after an own goal by Lascelles leveled the scoreline.
The same version of events can’t be said for Arsenal as they have secured six wins so far this season, keeping a clean sheet in five out of the 12 matches played. Arteta's side sit tightly behind London rivals West Ham United who are currently fourth place in the table. However, the Gunners received their fourth loss this season last Saturday as they faced Liverpool, returning to London with nothing but a 4-0 defeat, placing Liverpool in second place with 25 points.
Before this defeat Arsenal found themselves on a winning streak claiming the three points four games in a row. Their unbeaten run stretched even longer than this, as the team were able to avoid a loss for eight matches in a row. Despite the success which Arsenal have portrayed throughout this campaign, they have scored two goals less than their Newcastle opponents who have managed to bag 15 goals this season. With this said there is a clear difference between the amount of goals conceded by both sides, as Newcastle have let 27 goals past them, whereas Arsenal have only conceded 17.
Newcastle United have faced major changes this season, as the club has recently undergone a Saudi Arabian-backed takeover at the beginning of October and new signings are expected very soon. For now, they will likely comntinue to lose.