Newcastle v Arsenal: Magpies can steal a point against drained Gunners

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United celebrates after he scores the winning goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United celebrates after he scores the winning goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16

Arsenal, despite having had a trip to Moscow in the Europa League and after Friday's draw pitted them against Atletico Madrid to reflect on, will be ready, according to Benitez.

Arsenal would have had Mohamed Elneny suspended for this game following his red card against Southampton although the decision has since been overturned.

The likes of Alex Iwobi and Sead Kolasinac could start, while Calum Chambers or Rob Holding will fill in for Laurent Koscielny, with the Frenchman carefully managing his chronic Achilles problem. The Spaniard is likely to stick with the 4-4-1-1 formation which has seen his side win three games in a row.

Granit Xhaka may return after missing Thursday's game through illness, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang comes back into the fold having been cup-tied.

Current concerns come first of course, so above all, Benitez wants Kenedy to continue impressing, scoring. and thus raising his value. You can't stop speculation about players, but I was talking with him for a while last week, the focus is just trying to improve his game.

Ayoze Perez is the club's top scorer with six goals to his name so far this season.

Prediction: Newcastle are fifth in the Premier League form table with just two defeats in 2018; it is not the best time for Arsenal to be facing them in any sense. Only against Man City (12, 2009-2015) have they had a longer losing streak in top-flight history. Wins over Southampton, Huddersfield and Leicester in succession leave the Magpies in 10th place.

With three goals in his last two matches in all competitions, including a crucial strike against CSKA Moscow in Thursday's Europa League quarter-final second leg, Danny Welbeck is hitting form for the Gunners.

The Magpies are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games and Newcastle will take on an Arsenal side that have only won three of their 14 away games this term.

He said: "In the last games, we have done well even under pressure". His last five games have seen the England worldwide score five goals and he can be backed at [3.3] to find the net.

Given how well he has played this season, he was perhaps unfortunate not to receive one in the last worldwide break, and his lack of involvement will likely see him miss out on a World Cup place this summer even if he enjoys a strong end to the campaign.

The match kicks off at 13:30 BST on Sunday with live television coverage available on Sky Sports in the UK.

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