Arsenal face Newcastle tonight as both sides look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.
The Gunners saw their recent good run end with a dull goalless draw to Crystal Palace last time out.
Newcastle, meanwhile, are coming under increasing pressure having not won in the top-flight in their last six games.
Steve Bruce’s men lost to bottom club Sheffield United last week and must start turning things around.
Arsenal beat the Magpies in the FA Cup last weekend and have a great home record against them, winning the last nine games.
Arsenal v Newcastle: How to watch
This match will be held at the Emirates on Monday, January 18 and will kick-off at 8pm.
It is being broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football from 7pm.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.
If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £8.99.
Arsenal v Newcastle: Confirmed team news
Arsenal: Leno, Cedric, Holding, Luiz, Tierney, Thomas, Xhaka, Aubameyang, Smith-Rowe, Saka, Lacazette.
Subs: Bellerin, Gabriel, Willian, Runarsson, Pepe, Elneny, Willock, Nketiah, Martinelli.
Newcastle: Darlow, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Almiron, Matthew Longstaff, Shelvey, Joelinton, Carroll, Wilson.
Subs: Dubravka, Ritchie, Hayden, Hendrick, Manquillo, Yedlin, Murphy, Sean Longstaff, Anderson.
Arsenal v Newcastle: What has been said?
Steve Bruce insists he won’t give up on the Newcastle job as he regards it as the pinnacle of his managerial career.
He said: “I’ve waited my whole life for an opportunity like this. Certainly being from here, I regard it, in management anyway, as the pinnacle.
“I might not have another one [manager’s job] and I will try my utmost under difficult circumstances.
“The other day [the defeat to Sheffield United], if I was a supporter or anyone else associated with Newcastle, I can’t accept what I saw.
“I chose this profession and how lucky have I been? I’ve been involved as a player for 20 years and a manager for 20 years. I’ve done nearly 1000 games [as a manager], 500 of them in the Premier League, and results are the key to it.
“I can take it. You have to take it and not get too low when things are tough. I’ve got to keep myself positive. If I am lower than a snake’s belly, how can I expect a positive reaction from the players too?
“So, I will never, ever give up. I made a career out of being bang average as a player, I worked hard and got the best out of myself.
“The same is true in management, I might not be blessed with this, that and the other, but I will always roll my sleeves up and get on it with. I will never walk away from a challenge, especially when you come under pressure.”
Arsenal v Newcastle: Match stats and facts
- Arsenal have won 14 of their last 15 Premier League matches against Newcastle (L1), losing the other 1-2 in April 2018.
- Newcastle United have lost their last eight away Premier League matches against Arsenal since a 1-0 victory in November 2010.
- Arsenal have kept 25 Premier League clean sheets against Newcastle – only Manchester United have kept more against a specific opponent in the competition’s history (27 against both Tottenham and Aston Villa).
- Arsenal beat Newcastle 2-0 at home in the FA Cup third round on the 9th January this year – if they win here, it will be their shortest gap (9 days) between home victories against the same opponent since January 2008, when they beat Newcastle twice at the Emirates in the space of three days.
- Arsenal have lost two of their last three Premier League games played on Mondays (W1), as many as they had in their previous 17 (W12 D3). However, the Gunners have won each of their last six Monday league matches at the Emirates.
- Newcastle have won five of their last nine away Premier League games in London (D1 L3), having won just two of their previous 20 such visits before that (D3 L15).
- Since beating Wigan 3-0 at St James’ Park in December 2012, this will be Newcastle’s 18th consecutive Monday Premier League game played away from home. The Magpies have lost 13 of their previous 17 in this run (W2 D2), failing to score on 12 occasions.
- Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has either scored (3) or assisted (2) in five of his six games against Newcastle in all competitions, finding the net in each of his last three against the Magpies.
- Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has never won an away Premier League game against Arsenal (D3 L8), with his sides scoring just three goals in 11 away games against the Gunners.
- Newcastle’s Andy Carroll has scored five Premier League goals against Arsenal – against no side has he scored more in the competition. He was the last player to score a winning goal for Newcastle away against the Gunners (November 2010), and had nine of the Magpies’ 12 shots in their recent FA Cup meeting against them.