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Newcastle Could Breach Arsenal’s Defence


A trip to a Burnley side still involved in the relegation dogfight does not represent the most comfortable of final-day fixtures, but Newcastle welcome Arsenal for their final home game of the campaign having won six of their last seven at St James’ Park – only losing to Liverpool in that time.


In fact, only Liverpool, Man City, Tottenham, West Ham United and Chelsea have prevailed against Newcastle at St James’ Park in the Premier League this term, and a confidence-hit Arsenal cannot expect to be welcomed to Tyneside with a friendly atmosphere awaiting them.


Maximum spoils for Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would have confirmed their spot in the Champions League while dashing their opponents’, but Spurs have now cut the gap to the fourth-placed Gunners to just one point and could rise above them with a draw against Burnley on Sunday.


Still forced to welcome a survival-chasing Everton to the Emirates, Arsenal have no time to dwell on their derby drubbing, but they have now gone eight games without a clean sheet and will be working with a severely depleted defence for the trip north.


Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli’s second-half strikes propelled the Gunners to a 2-0 win over Newcastle at the Emirates earlier this term – their eighth win in a row against the Magpies, who have failed to find the back of the net in this fixture since September 2018.

DPP Verdict

It has been over three years since Newcastle breached Arsenal’s defence, but the Gunners are leaking goals at an alarming rate, and Allan Saint-Maximin in particular will fancy his chances against the Gunners’ full-backs. When Arsenal are in a bad moment, they are in a very bad moment, but Newcastle are still prone to the odd lacklustre defensive showing and could shake hands on an entertaining draw with the Gunners – not that it will do much good for the visitors’ Champions League hopes.