Newcastle will be without the captain Fabricio Coloccini, who starts a three game ban and the Magpies are expected to have just 13 senior outfield players available for selection. For Arsenal, Tomas Rosicky is expected back from an illness and the Gunners generally face no injury concerns.
Arsenal look strong favourites as they’ve won their last 5 Premier League games and 13 of their last 15. The Gunners also have won the last 6 meetings between the two sides, outscoring Newcastle by a margin of 18-5. Only Liverpool’s 25 points, 1 better than Arsenal’s 24, is a better record in the Premier League in 2015 and Arsenal also hope to ride Olivier Giroud’s form who’s scored 9 goals in his last 11 Premier League games.
Newcastle under John Carver have been poor and the Magpies have just 1 win in their last 5 home games. Newcastle has also lost 3 of their last 4 Premier League games, conceding 9 goals in those 4 games as well.
Prediction: Newcastle continue to slide down the table and drop results. Arsenal should full and well continue in racking up the points in 2015.
Newcastle 0-2 Arsenal