Arsenal welcome giant killers Newcastle United to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday in the 2014/15 Premier League.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 5.30pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Catch the highlights on Match of the Day at 10.30 GMT on BBC One.
Arsenal welcome giant slayers Newcastle United to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, in what is a must win game for the Gunners following the disappointing loss to Stoke City in the previous Premier League fixture.
The north London side do come into this game with a bit of confidence after their midweek victory over Galatasaray in the Champions League, but that was a much different side from what Newcastle will face at the weekend.
Arsene Wenger has a major defensive crisis on his hands, as Per Mertesacker remains the only fit centre-back in the Arsenal team at the moment.
Laurent Koscielny is injured, while deputies Calum Chambers has been suspended and Nacho Monreal is out with a knee injury. This has forced the manager's hand and he is set to play right-back Mathieu Debuchy at centre-back.
The Frenchman is also missing key players in the midfield, as he has had to recall Francis Coquelin from his loan spell at Charlton. Arsene Wenger will hope that his makeshift team can get him the three points, desperately needed to calm the fans down.
Newcastle United come into this game full of confidence following their victory over league leaders Chelsea. They are the only team to have beaten them this season, and Alan Pardew will hope that his team can carry on their momentum to the Emirates Stadium.
The St James's Park side are also facing a few injury problems of their own, and will have a slightly makeshift defence, as first-choice defender Steven Taylor has been suspended following his red card against the Blues.
The manager has confirmed that third choice goalkeeper Jak Alnwick is set to start in the goal after making some impressive saves against the league leaders. Another big miss for the Magpies will be Moussa Sissoko, who has been suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season.
Arsenal have a good record at home against Newcastle United after having lost just once to the Tyneside team since moving to the Emirates Stadium.
Betting Odds (By 888Sport.com)
- Arsenal Win: 5/11
- Draw: 19/5
- Newcastle United Win: 6
What Managers Say
Arsene Wenger: "We have a good dynamic in our team, we won four of our last five games. We had one blip against Stoke but overall I think we are on a good trend. They have [really turned things around]. That's down to the fact they didn't give up and have kept their tenacity. That's why they've done it and it's always linked with injured players coming back."
Alan Pardew: "But we can only worry about us, it was a tremendous performance against Chelsea and the players can be proud. We're on a good run but this is a difficult one because Arsenal away has not been a happy hunting ground for us. They have given us a thumping and on one occasion it was an embarrassing scoreline (7-3, in 2012). The games at our place have been a lot closer and we hope this one is a lot tighter as well."
- Injured: Diaby (calf), Ospina (thigh), Özil (knee), Arteta (calf), Wilshere (ankle), Walcott (groin), Szczesny (hip), Ramsey (hamstring), Monreal (knee), Koscielny (Achilles)
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: Calum Chambers
Possible XI: Szczesny; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Debuchy, Gibbs; Coquelin, Flamini; Cazorla, Sanchez, Welbeck; Giroud
- Injured: Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Siem de Jong, Gabriel Obertan, Davide Santon, Ryan Taylor, Rolando Aarons
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: Steven Taylor
Possible XI: Alnwick; Janmaat, Coloccini, Dummett; Haidara; Colback, Tiote; Ameobi, Cabella, Perez; Cisse.