The Gunners didn’t like it up ’em on last week’s visit to Stoke but return to the comfort blanket of the Emirates Stadium against Newcastle in Saturday night’s live game.
Since 1904 the English capital has seen 11 games in December between the sides with a whopping 51 goals – an average of 4.6 goals per game.
Arsenal haven’t failed to score at home in the Premier League this season. Since Arsene Wenger took over as manager the Gunners they’ve have embraced a home fixture against Newcastle United as warmly as Kim Kardashian embraces self-promotion.
- Arsenal have scored 46 goals at home to Newcastle since October 1996
- Their win rate against the Geordies is running at 75 per cent
And with three away trips to come against Liverpool, high-flying West Ham and Southampton, Wenger’s boys will want to add to the ‘goals for’ column before hitting the road in the Festive fixtures smash-up.
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With the ‘Pardew out’ signs locked away for Christmas at least, the Magpies have seen a revival in form after their abysmal start to the season.
Newcastle have the joint best record in the Premier League recently – along with Manchester City – after picking up 19 points in their last eight league games. But they’ve lost their last five Premier League games on the bounce to the Gunners.
In that time, Arsenal have rattled the onion bag 14 times with Newcastle scoring just four goals – with three coming in the 7-3 mauling in December 2012.
So if it’s goals you’re after this weekend – the Emirates looks the best bet.
Three and win?
The Gunners have run out 3-0 winners in four our of their last seven home games in all comps against Alan Pardew’s (above) side and that’s a 9/1 poke in the correct Score market.
Wenger’s side have already won 3-0 twice in the league this season [v Burnley & away to Aston Villa] and you’d be up £45 if you had £5 on Arsenal winning by scoreline every week with Paddy Power.
The Londoners have hit the net at least twice in six out of their last seven games in all comps against the Magpies and Arsenal to win and three or four total games in the match in 21/10.
While Alexis Sanchez has been collecting the plaudits all season, fit again French striker Olivier Giroud has four goals in three games (but only played 12 mins of visit to Tyneside in May 2013) against the ‘wee club from the North East’.