Arsenal will host Newcastle at the back of their draw with Crystal Palace at the Emirates stadium. Currently Arsenal are sitting 11th in the table two points above 15th placed Newcastle. This is a must win game for the gunners if they are to challenge for the top four and secure European champions league football after four years absence from the copetition.
The game could help Arsenal to build a much needed momentum to close the gap between top of the table and them selves. Manchester United are 13 points clear from Arsenal right now. Where as 4th placed Liverpool are 10 points clear from Arsenal.
In their last eight meetings in all competitions against Newcastle, Arsenal were defeated just once and won the other seven. The most recent game was their win in the FA cup. The game ended with out score after 90 minutes and Arsenal were able to score twice in the extra time.
Arsenal will be hoping to get back highly rated teenager Gabriel Martinelli back in the squad as well Ghanaian international Thomas partey in their lineup for this crucial game at the Emirates. Kieran Tierney is still a doubt to be back in the lineup where as Pablo Mari will miss the game.
Mikel Arteta has backed his young players to push after their recent performances that changed the fortunes at the Emirates. The gunners were with out a win in 8 premierleague games before Arteta turned his mind to his younger players such as Emillie Smith Rowe and Martinelli to turn around their faltering season.
In other news, star striker Aubamenyang has vowed he will start scoring regularly soon. It is the first time for Auba to have such a goal drought at this stage of the season since his Borussia Dortmund days. He is always among the competitors for a golden boot both in Germany and England leagues but this year his numbers are short to show his goal scoring ability every one knows.
Mesul Ozil is at the verge of completing a free transfer from Arsenal to Fenerbache with in the next few hours. Medias are reporting that he has already landed in Istanbul to complete his transfer from Arsenal. He will be leaving a complicated legacy at Arsenal as his eight years with gunners were full of ups and downs. The first few years while Arsene Wenger were at helm in the club he was one of the top performing players but since then he has lost his place both when Unai Emery was the coach and under the current boss Mikel Arteta.
Game: Arsenal versus Newcastle
Time: 20 GMT / Premier League Game Week 18/
Arsenal Predicted Lineup:
Goal Keeper: Bernd Leno
Defense: Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, David Luiz, Kieran Tierney
Midfield: Daniel Ceballos, Granit Xhaka
Attacking Midfield: Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Striker: Alexandre Lacazette