Arsenal-Newcastle United Preview
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal are fully focused ahead of Monday's trip to Newcastle United, where the Gunners must win to keep Champions League qualification in their own hands.
Following Thursday's 3-0 North London derby defeat to Tottenham, who followed that up with a win over Burnley on Sunday, Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League, two points behind Spurs with a game in hand.
Arteta, however, says his players can learn from their mistakes in that loss as they look to record an eight successive win over Newcastle in all competitions.
"That game was lost, we were disappointed, but we didn't have any time to recover," Arteta said. "We have a huge game to play on Monday against Newcastle and our full focus and energy was just on that.
"Obviously losing a derby is always painful, and having been through the situation we went through in the game, it's like that.
"But you learn a lot, probably more than with any victory, so it's good to go through those moments sometimes."
Opposite number Eddie Howe is hoping to welcome back England duo Callum Wilson and Keiron Tripper at St James' Park, and has praised Arteta for putting Arsenal in top-four contention this season.
"I think both players would say they would be very keen to start. I think my job is to try and make sure I'm doing the best thing, not just for the individual, but for the team as well," he said.
On Arsenal, Howe added: "The biggest compliment I can give Mikel is that he's seen a big transition of players and a big transition of playing style, and he's managed to do that while getting consistent results.
"They now have, I think, one of the youngest teams in the Premier League, and the future looks very bright there."
Newcastle United - Allan Saint-Maximin
Only Callum Wilson (six) has outscored Saint-Maximin for Newcastle in the Premier League this term (five). Although the winger has been through a tough run of form recently, he will be desperate to mark the Toon Army's last home game of the season with a goal.
Arsenal - Bukayo Saka
The England winger has recorded a goal contribution on each of his three Premier League appearances against Newcastle (two goals, one assist), although all of those games came at the Emirates Stadium.
- Newcastle have lost 33 Premier League games against Arsenal, more than they have against any other side in the competition.
- Arsenal have won their last seven meetings with Newcastle in all competitions without conceding a single goal - the only top-flight side to beat another in more consecutive games without conceding is Liverpool against West Bromwich Albion (9 between 2002 and 2010).
- This is the sixth Premier League meeting between Newcastle and Arsenal on Mondays, with only Tottenham v West Ham (8) and Liverpool v Everton (7) being played on the day more. Arsenal are unbeaten in all five such games so far (W4 D1), conceding just one goal in these games (F10).
- After a run of six consecutive home league wins, Newcastle lost last time out at St James' Park, 1-0 against Liverpool. Only once this season have they lost consecutive home league games (in October), while five of their last eight home league defeats have been against London sides.
- Arsenal have lost their final away league game in just one of the last 11 seasons (W7 D3), going down 1-0 at Aston Villa in 2019-20.
Updated May 15, 2022