Newcastle United vs Arsenal : Match preview
Newcastle United will look to end their season in style as they play in their final home game of the season on Monday night, when they host top four chasing Arsenal.
United come into the game after a 5-0 loss against Manchester City; but, now are mathematically safe from relegation they can take their minds off the demolition at the Etihad.
Eddie Howe became the first ever Manager to get a side that was winless in their first 14 games to avoid relegation, a great testament to the job he has done so far.
Howe stated in his press conference the game on Monday night will be “emotional for some players.” This will likely be the final goodbye for a number of Newcastle players as the club prepares for perhaps the biggest transfer window in a generation.
Whilst fans will be looking forward to the season ending and the coming transfer window, Newcastle could still in theory reach the top 10 so the importance of ending the season strongly remains.
Newcastle will have key players Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson ready to make their first appearances at St James Park in some time. Whilst Joe Willock and Jonjo Shelvey will miss the last two games of the season.
Visitors Arsenal come into the game looking for a response after their humiliating 3-0 derby defeat against Tottenham. Depending on Sunday’s games, Arsenal could be out of the top four.
Arsenal will also be without Rob Holding as he was sent off against Spurs. Kieran Tierney and Gabriel are also injury doubts for the game.
Kick-off is at 8pm on Monday night and the game will be broadcast on Sky Sports.