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Arsenal vs Newcastle LIVE! Premier League

The Gunners hope to cement their place in the race for Europe with a 17th win in 18 Premier League games against the Magpies.

Such a long run has made Arsenal a true bogey side for Newcastle, who at least have new manager Eddie Howe in the dugout for the first time on Saturday, having missed last weekend’s draw with Brentford due to Covid-19.

With such a heavy chasing pack behind them, a win for Mikel Arteta’s men will put them four points clear of sixth place and level on points with fourth-placed West Ham.

Newcastle have not won a game all season and even a victory today will not be enough to push them out of the relegation zone. Their hopes of doing so may rest on ending their run of conceding the first goal in 16 consecutive matches against Arsenal, the longest such streak in Premier League history.

With Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium for the 12.30pm kick-off, follow all the action live with Standard Sport…

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Ten minutes until kick-off…

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In the dugout after missing his debut with Covid-19, Eddie Howe tells BT Sport: “It’s been a long absence for me.

“I’ve not really been there during the week but I’ve seen encouraging signs around the club.

“It’s done now, it’s history. I’m delighted to be back and lead this team.”

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This weekend sees Premier League clubs don rainbow laces in support of LGBTQ+ communities and their representation in football.

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Arsenal FC via Getty Images
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Mikel Arteta tells BT Sport that team changes will be likely in the coming weeks as the busy Christmas period kicks in.

On keeping Tavares in the line-up, the Arsenal boss says: “He’s trying more and more and he doesn’t hide from it, [so we] play him again.”

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Head-to-head record

Since a 1-0 win in October 2010, Newcastle have not won in nine league trips to Arsenal – failing to score in their last five.

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Simon Collings at the Emirates Stadium

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So that’s one change for Arsenal as Odegaard comes in for Lacazette, and still no Tierney in at left-back.

Three changes for Newcastle who are expected to line up with three at the back, as Dubravka, Krafth and Fraser start. Willock is also in against his old side.

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How the visitors line up…

Newcastle XI: Dubravka; Ritchie, Krafth, Lascelles, Schar, Fraser; Shelvey, Willock; Saint-Maximin Joelinton, Wilson.

Subs: Darlow, Clark, Lewis, Hayden, Hendrick, Manquillo, Murphy, Almiron, Longstaff.

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Here’s your Arsenal line-up…

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares; Partey, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang.

Subs: Leno, Tierney, Holding, Cedric, Pepe, Elneny, Martinelli, Maitland-Niles, Lacazette, Nketiah.



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