Arsenal Vs Newcastle: Will Wenger Compound Benitez’s Woes?


Newcastle have been struggling to find their feet since their return to the EPL, and each game is becoming some sort of nightmare for Rafael Benitez. They currently sit just one point above relegation zone after just 3 wins.

Newcastle United forward Aleksandar Mitrovic (back) will miss the match, as will Jesus Gamez. Jonjo Shelvey’s suspension is another source of worry for Benitez.

Newcastle have lost their last five Premier League visits to Arsenal, but their last victory there was in November 2010 when they were newly promoted.

Benitez has never won away at Arsenal in the Premier League (D2 L4).

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, (thigh) is back in training and could return for Arsenal on Saturday, while Theo Walcott (groin) is unlikely to feature. Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) is out.

Arsenal have won each of their last nine Premier League matches against Newcastle United, scoring 22 goals and conceding only six.

Olivier Giroud has scored more PL goals against Newcastle than he has any other club (8) and has had a hand in six goals in four PL matches against them at Emirates Stadium (five goals, one assist).

Sharing his thoughts on the game, Arsene Wenger said, “We want to continue what we do well and improve the finishing, be a bit sharper in our finishing.”

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“In our last three Premier League games, we’ve had 66 shots – but only scored twice.”

“At the moment there is a difference between points we get and the domination we have in the game. Of course it is down to the fact that we’ve played recently against two teams who defended extremely well at home.”

“West Ham have shown that against City and against Chelsea. Maybe we have to speed up our passing and have more penetrating runs in the final third to create more chances. Maybe we need support for our central strikers in the box as well.”

“We want to continue what we do well and improve the finishing, be a bit sharper in our finishing. Overall, that’s what we want to be inspired with.”

“When you speak about the problem, it has to look natural to finish. At the moment, maybe we are in a position where we want to force the situation a little bit too much.”

Sharing his thoughts on the game, Benitez said, “What is the way to move forward? Obviously, start winning. It’s just to stay calm, keep going in the way that we are going in the games we are doing well, and try to avoid the mistakes we are making.”

Will Newcastle, who are just one point above relegation zone after 10 defeats avoid another defeat this afternoon?

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