Its an all Premier League affair as Arsenal take on Newcastle Utd at the Emirates Stadium today, in the early evening kick off.
This third round clash has a later kick off time of 5.30PM – here’s all you need to know about the Arsenal v Newcastle tie.
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Its been a tough couple of months for Arsenal and their manager Mikel Arteta, but things are finally looking up after a run of three consecutive wins has seen the Gunners move upto midtable in the Premier League in 11th position.
The manager will want that run of form to continue as he welcomes Newcastle Utd to the Emirates Stadium.
Newcastle themselves are struggling at the moment, with only one win in their last six games in the Premier League. That win came on the 12th December against West Brom, and the pressure is really starting to build on manager Steve Bruce.
Its clear that the bookies know who the favourites are in this one, with 1/2 available on the Arsenal home win, while the draw can be backed at 7/2. Those who fancy the Newcastle cup upset can back the away side at 5/1.
Mikel Arteta is sure to make a few changes for this one, with Gabriel returning after a period out with illness, meanwhile Thomas Partey is now fit after injury and could make an appearance.
Steve Bruce will once again be without midfielder Ryan Fraser, while Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamaal Lascelles could return after a period on the side lines through illness.
The Newcastle manager commented Friday: “Jamal Lewis has a knock to his knee so he’ll not make it. Midfielder Ryan Fraser is edging closer but he’ll not make the weekend. Jamaal Lascelles has been given the go ahead. Allan Saint-Maximin is back in the country and we’re waiting for the go ahead for him to train. Martin Dubravka will play. It’s the ideal one for him.”
With a Premier League relegation scrap in the offering, the FA Cup is surely down the list on Newcastle Utd priorities, and we have to fancy the Arsenal in this one.