Arsenal vs Newcastle LIVE Football Score 03/01/2023
High-flying Fulham will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce in the Premier League when they travel to the King Power Stadium to play Leicester City on Tuesday night. The hosts are in opposite form since returning to action after the Qatar World Cup, having lost both of their league games so far. Fulham have looked good since the season restarted, emerging victorious in impressive style away to Crystal Palace, and so we expect them to extend their winning run to three matches. Two challengers for the crown aim to boost their hopes of Premier League title glory on Tuesday night, as Arsenal take on Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners ended 2022 with a pulsating 4-2 success over Brighton & Hove Albion, while Eddie Howe’s side lost a bit of ground on the top two after being held to a goalless draw by Leeds United. For the first time in 2023, Arsenal will be in Premier League action as they welcome Newcastle United to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night. Despite a six-week break whilst the World Cup was taking place in Qatar as well as losing Gabriel Jesus to a knee injury, the Gunners are still riding a wave of momentum after recording back-to-back wins over West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion to close out 2022 and open up a seven-point lead at the top of the table.
Now the target is to continue this form into the new year. A difficult test awaits Arsenal as Newcastle have only lost once in the league this season – away at Liverpool back in August – and boast the best defensive record across the entire division with just 11 goals conceded. As this is the north London outfit’s second fixture in the space of three days, Mikel Arteta may look to make full use of his squad. Although, it should be noted that his side will have a six-day break before facing Oxford United in the third-round of this season’s FA Cup.
Whilst the Arsenal manager can’t call upon Jesus or Reiss Nelson against the Magpies, he still has plenty of options at his disposal and the game could mark the return of Emile Smith Rowe after he was involved in full training prior to the Brighton clash and is expected to be available for selection very soon. As the condensed festive period and the World Cup break take their toll it was clear that Arsenal tired towards the end of their match with Brighton. Despite that though, I still wouldn’t look to make too many changes. Newcastle is a huge game and with Oxford coming up, Mikel Arteta can rest some of his first teamers then.
With that in mind Aaron Ramsdale starts again, and despite his rickety post-World Cup form, I’d keep William Saliba in alongside the impressively solid Gabriel. I think we really saw the influence Alex Zinchenko and Ben White have on this side when they went off against Brighton, so I would start both of them ahead of Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu. The midfield mostly picks itself and Thomas Partey will be looking to continue his quietly impressive run of form recently alongside Granit Xhaka. Martin Odegaard meanwhile is, for me, the best player in the Premier League right now, so he has to start.
Up front the continuation of injuries mean that the number of changes you could make is severely limited. That means Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli will all get a chance to make it three in three. I do think if Emile Smith Rowe is fit then he should be on the bench though, for what could be a heroic return in such a crucial match.
With six days until the FA Cup tie against Oxford United, I don’t think Mikel Arteta needs to hold back with his team selection for the visit of Newcastle United. The fact Ben White, Thomas Partey and Oleksandr Zinchenko were all substituted fairly early at the weekend, indicates one eye was on this game. Of course, the Arsenal manager has two relatively big decisions to make. William Saliba and Bukayo Saka are both on four yellow cards, if either – or both – are booked on Tuesday then they will miss the North London Derby against Tottenham Hotspur on January 15. So does Arteta risk the pair or leave them on the bench?
For me, with the incentive of going 10 points clear at the top of the table – albeit temporarily as Man City face Chelsea later in the week – both must start. They just have to watch their step and in fairness to Saliba, he has been walking the disciplinary tight-rope since October so he is used to this pressure.
This means I would go with an unchanged team from the Brighton win, but I would opt for a slight change in the matchday squad. If Emile Smith Rowe is available for selection then he can be recalled to the substitutes bench in place of £3m summer signing Marquinhos. Leicester are in opposite form and have struggled at home so far this term, acquiring just eight points in their opening eight matches at the King Power Stadium.
Arsenal succumbed to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at St James’ Park in May, but they previously secured a straightforward 2-0 win over Newcastle at the Emirates last term and know a thing or two about keeping Newcastle at bay.
The Gunners have kept a total of 28 clean sheets against Newcastle in the Premier League, and one more would see them equal a competition record for the most shut-outs against a specific opponent. The current record of its kind is held by Manchester United, who have recorded 29 Premier League clean sheets against Tottenham Hotspur, and there are reasons for Arsenal to feel confident of matching the Red Devils’ feat.
Victory over Newcastle at the Emirates last term marked Arsenal’s 11th home win in a row against the Magpies, and only against Stoke City (16) have they won more consecutive home games.
Mikel Arteta’s side are also the only team in the Premier League this season with their 100% home record still intact, having won seven out of seven in North London, although they have never won their opening eight home games of a top-flight season.
Furthermore, only Nottingham Forest have failed to score in Premier League action at the Emirates in 2022-23, with the Gunners keeping just one clean sheet in their last 12 top-flight home games. “Big credit to him and his coaching staff. Then they have created a belief, a big momentum around the team that they play the same way against any opponent. We are going to play at home in front of our crowd and we’re looking forward to it.”
The Spaniard also stressed the importance of his side staying grounded amid their phenomenal start to the season, adding: “The way we are performing is obviously impressive and we’re really happy with that, but we have set the bar and objectives in the short term of what we want to improve and what is making us win that many football matches.”
Arteta addressed the media ahead of Tuesday’s game over the weekend, and he hailed the “incredible” work of Howe for creating a “big momentum” around St James’ Park regarding a Champions League charge.