Arsenal vs Newcastle United – LIVE Reddit Soccer 16/05/2022
Arsenal will aim to remain in the driving seat for Champions League football when they travel to Newcastle United for their penultimate game of the Premier League season on Monday night. The Magpies most recently went down 5-0 to Manchester City, while the Gunners were torn apart in a 3-0 North London derby defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday night. With the threat of an unthinkable relegation from the first tier now staved off, Newcastle are enjoying a slow cruise to the finish line and have seen manager Eddie Howe rewarded with a Manager of the Season nomination since the Magpies’ revival in January.
While the lucrative takeover must also be taken into account, Howe has overseen a stellar period of progression at St James’ Park, although their recent trip to the Etihad proved that they are not quite ready to go toe-to-toe with the big boys just yet. Pep Guardiola’s side are always a dangerous proposition to face in the wake of their European exits and hit the Magpies for five without reply last weekend, leaving Howe’s side down in 14th in the rankings but safe in the knowledge that they will be a Premier League team next season.
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. Claiming that he would be “suspended for six months” if he spoke on the referee’s performance against Spurs summed up a day where everything that could go wrong did go wrong for Mikel Arteta, who witnessed his side capitulate in a humbling North London derby defeat.
Harry Kane’s penalty and header propelled Spurs into a 2-0 first-half lead after the volatile Rob Holding was sent for an early bath, and Son Heung-min added a third for the rampant Lilywhites just after the restart during a party atmosphere in the capital.
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.
Arsenal aim to move into the driving seat in the race for the fourth spot in the Premier League when they visit Newcastle United on Monday night. No team has achieved the task of remaining in the Premier League after going winless in their first fourteen games of the season. But Newcastle United achieved the improbable, thanks to a masterclass from Eddie Howe since he was appointed manager midway through the season. No wonder his work has earned a nomination for the manager of the season gong, and if he wins it, it would be well deserved.
The Magpies can now look forward to building a competent team for next season and will be eager to make their mark in the summer window. Before that, they have two more games to finish the season and will be looking toward the challenge posed before them by Arsenal on Monday night, before facing Burnley on the final day. Newcastle’s confidence might have been hit after Manchester City slammed five goals past them, but they can take the momentum from their recent home form. The Magpies have won six times in their last seven games at St James Park, with the only loss coming against Liverpool. Only the Reds, Chelsea, Spurs, West Ham and Manchester City have prevailed at this ground, which indicates how tough a trip it will be for Arsenal.
The Gunners have one target in mind; to win their remaining two games of the season. They have a history of succumbing under pressure, and this is a similar situation where they have to produce results. Failure to do so would mean that they may not be able to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
With Tottenham winning their tie against Burnley, it has taken them two points above Arsenal into fourth. The Gunners will have to win against Newcastle United to restore their one-point cushion. It is a litmus test for manager Mikel Arteta as he looks to take the team back into Europe after not featuring in any continental competition this term.
There are plenty of absentees in the Newcastle squad, as Eddie Howe looks to make the right selection decision ahead of the Arsenal encounter. Jonjo Shelvey is out alongside Joe Willock, who will not face his former side. Ryan Fraser could be in line to return to the squad, although his status still remains doubtful.
Federico Fernandez is also ruled out, but Fabian Schar, Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson could be pushing for starts in the penultimate game of the season. The centre-back made it to the squad against Manchester City, while the latter duo made cameo appearances against the Premier League leaders.
Howe will make a late call on their inclusion from the start against the Gunners, although there is a huge chance at least some of them will make it through. The manager could continue with his 4-3-3 shape, with Schar and Dan Burn taking up the central defensive position. Matt Targett and Emil Krafth could be the full-backs if Howe deems Tripper not ready to start.
A midfield three of Sean Longstaff, Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton could be preferred by Howe. The manager could reintegrate Wilson as his leading striker ahead of Chris Wood, with Allan Saint-maximin and Miguel Almiron taking up wide attacking roles.
Arsenal come into this clash at the back of a morale-sapping 3-0 defeat in the North London Derby. There were many questionable decisions, which Arteta rued in the post-match interviews. However, the manager will look back at their record against Newcastle United, having won eight consecutive games against the Magpies in the Premier League.