A huge Premier League showdown awaits in north London this evening as two high-flying teams lock horns in a juicy first versus third clash. Arsenal can incredibly go 10 points clear at the summit with another victory tonight, with Manchester City having dropped points against Everton at the weekend and not back in action until travelling to Chelsea on Thursday.
But Mikel Arteta’s side are likely to face a serious test against Newcastle, who are only two points behind City in third after an incredible rise under Eddie Howe and their wealthy new ownership. The visitors saw a run of six straight top-flight wins ended by Leeds on New Year’s Eve, but they are unbeaten in 12 and will fancy their chances of halting Arsenal’s sequence of 10 successive home victories here.
Arteta has gone with the same side that beat Brighton, Emile Smith Rowe not yet ready to be involved after four months out, while Callum Wilson is fit to lead the line for the visitors. Follow Arsenal vs Newcastle live below, with expert analysis from Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium.
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17 mins: Corner for Newcastle, they’ll fancy these opportunities. Plenty of bodies right on top of Ramsdale.
Trippier swings it in, Schar moving backwards as he wins the header and can only flick it wide.
Simon Collings at the Emirates
Newcastle statistically have the best defence in the League, but they are struggling with the pace of Arsenal’s forward line.
The Gunners getting joy when they break quickly
14 mins: Nketiah leads the Arsenal break after Schar makes a mess of his header, all the way into the box.
Chops inside really nicely, cut back to Xhaka and he shanks his shot wide. So wide in fact that his team-mates can keep it in play.
Zinchenko with a hopeful cross into the box, easily cleared.
11 mins: First encouraging move from Newcastle, play their way through the Arsenal press nicely.
Wilson picks the ball up 20 yards out and tries his luck, comfortable save for Ramsdale.
10 mins: Newcastle in no rush to take any set-pieces or throw-ins, just trying to see out this Arsenal charge.
Odegaard for once is caught on the ball, losing it as he tries to play a cute reverse pass to White. Partey is swiftly over to bring down Willock and stop any counter.
7 mins: Side-netting!
This is so good from Arsenal. Saka this time driving into space, slides the pass out wide to Martinelli. He slips the ball through to Xhaka, who can’t get enough on it as he slides in to try and keep the ball in play.
5 mins: Saka flies past Burn on the outside, into the box and gets a shot away from a tight angle. Good save from Pope.
Xhaka jumps for the rebound, can’t get there. Newcastle can’t clear it though, ball is cut back to Xhaka and his right-footed effort from inside the box is blocked.
Simon Collings at the Emirates
A lively start from Arsenal – and their fans. The atmosphere has been excellent here all season and that’s especially the case tonight. It feels like a huge game.
3 mins: Arsenal’s first attack and it’s a really dangerous one, so much space for Martinelli as he drives into the box.
Cut back falls for White, he can’t get a shot away. Gunners stay on the attack, chance for Odegaard but he lashes it over the bar.
2 mins: Early free-kick in a decent position for Newcastle, up come the defenders.
Trippier whips the ball into the box, headed away before it can get to Schar. And the offside flag is up anyway. Not much going for it.