Arsenal looked the shadow of their recent form against Newcastle United in the first premier league game of 2016 at Emirates Stadium. Newcastle had the better chance in the opening first 45 minutes as they sit deep and played on the counter attack. However Arsenal took the lead in 72nd minute through Laurent Koscielny who scored with a close ranged volley to make it 1-0 for Arsenal as they go 3 points clear at top of the table.
Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle United – Match Highlights
[ Premier League, Saturday, 02 January 2016]
72′ 1 – 0 Laurent Koscielny
Arsenal vs Newcastle United Preview & Team News: Arsenal go into Newcastle United game top of the table on goal difference and they can extended the lead to 3 points putting pressure on Leicester City and Manchester City who will play their games later in the day. Bookies has already made Arsenal slight favourites to go all the way and win premier league after 12 years gap. But in order to do that they will have to overcome their new years out of form syndrome where they drop points in unlikely games.
Newcastle United has been poor so far and sit third from bottom 2 points behind 17th placed Swansea City. Newcastle can get out of the relegation zone of Swansea lose their match and Newcastle get win against Arsenal. Hard to see it happening looking at the form of Newcastle United. Last time both teams meet in premier league was back in August 2015 when Arsenal came out 1-0 winners at St James Park with Fabricio Coloccini scoring own goal.
Possible Starting Lineups of Newcastle vs Arsenal:
Arsenal will be without Welbeck, Wilshere who are are closer to be back in contention. Arsene Wenger might continue with the central defense pairing of Gabrial Paulista and Laurent Koscielniy while Joel Cambpell and Nacho Monreal might also be drafted in the starting lineup.
Match Predictions: Mesut Ozil is in form of his life at the moment and with him Arsenal looks like scoring every time he has the ball in dangerous position. I think playing at home against a dodgy defense he will be the key for Arsenal and I expect him to add couple of more assists into his already impressive season. I am going with a 3-1 win for Arsenal on saturday.
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