Arsenal continues their Premier League title push with a clash against Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday evening with Eddie Howe’s side also enjoying a strong season
Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 4-2 win against Brighton on New Year’s Eve. The Gunners moved seven points clear at the summit as reigning champions Manchester City dropped points as they drew against Everton.
Newcastle have found themselves embroiled in a battle to stay inside the top four and currently sit just nine points behind Arsenal. The Magpies have amassed 34 points in their opening 17 fixtures, a huge improvement compared to last term when Eddie Howe took charge at St. James’ Park with the club facing relegation.
Gabriel Jesus may be sidelined until February for Arsenal, but Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah has shown they are able to share the attacking burden with all three having scored against West Ham and Brighton. Martin Odegaard has urged his teammates to “stay calm and keep winning” as they look to pick up a third win in a row following the resumption of the Premier League.
Jesus’ injury remains the only serious concern facing Mikel Arteta’s squad at present, with Takehiro Tomiyasu having recently returned to first team training as Emile Smith Rowe also gets closer to a first team return. The same cannot be said for Eddie Howe, who has been hampered with injuries to a number of key players.
Howe revealed after the goalless draw against Leeds United on New Year’s Eve that Matt Targett had become the Magpies’ latest casualty. The Newcastle boss said: “Matt Targett has a heel problem.