Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Newcastle

Goals from Emile Smith-Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured a 2-0 FA Cup win in that tie and Arsenal Mikel Arteta will be hoping for another positive result against Steve Bruce.

The Spanish coach is expected to shuffle his options however after his team slipped to a disappointing 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace in midweek.

Scottish international Kieran Tierney should be fit to come back in alongside the returning Thomas Partey and Nicolas Pepe.

Meanwhile the pressure continues to build on Bruce with no Premier League wins in over a month.

The former defender will make a few late fitness checks before naming his team with Jamal Lewis, Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles all battling to be fit.

Argentinian centre back Federico Fernandez has already been ruled out due to a thigh problem with Ryan Fraser serving a one game ban.

And Kick Off is all set for 8pm start on Monday night at the Emirates Stadium.

Premier League: Arsenal v Crystal Palace

Since losing 4-1 to Manchester City before Christmas, Arsenal have won four from four in all competitions, and Mikel Arteta seems to have found a system which has started to produce results for the FA Cup holders.

A back four system has resulted in wins over Chelsea, Brighton, West Brom and Newcastle, with Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney the standout players in Arsenal’s resurgence. Both should start when Crystal Palace make the trip across London, with the Gunners hoping to move into the top half with a victory.

Speaking of the South London side, Roy Hodgson’s side have won only one of their last six games, beating bottom side Sheffield United in their last Premier League game, before exiting the FA Cup at the hands of Wolves last weekend.

Wilfried Zaha was afforded a partial rest in the defeat, playing only the last 20 minutes – a decision that may well have been influenced by this game. The winger will be central to the Eagles’ chances of getting anything against an Arsenal defence that has kept three consecutive clean sheets.

Palace also have injury worries elsewhere in their squad, with Mamadou Sakho, Martin Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp, Connor Wickham, Wayne Hennessey and Nathan Ferguson all missing through various ailments.

There’s good news in the shape of Gary Cahill though, as the former Chelsea defender should return after a thigh injury, and Scott Dann could also come back into the squad after a similar issue.

As for Arsenal, Gabriel Martinelli is expected to miss out after turning his ankle in the warm-up of the FA Cup win over Newcastle, despite training in the week, but Thomas Partey and Gabriel should both return to the squad after injuries. Rob Holding, who signed a new contract this week, is available to deputise should the Brazilian defender not make the starting XI.

Arsenal take on Crystal Palace on Thursday, January 14th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Premier League: Everton v Arsenal

Last weekend saw the return of fans to Goodison for the first time this season thanks to Liverpool being named in a Tier 2 area, and the 2,000 spectators watched on as Carlo Ancelotti downed his former side Chelsea 1-0 thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty.

Arsenal’s week didn’t go so well though, as they picked up just a point from their games against Southampton and Burnley, going down to ten men both times. As a result, both Granit Xhaka and Gabriel will miss out.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did manage to score against Saints, and will be hoping he can kickstart a goal scoring run which is desperately needed if Arsenal are to start moving up the table.

The Gunners will go into the game 15th in the table, with bottom half rivals Fulham and Newcastle playing just after the final whistle goes on Saturday night.

Ancelotti may welcome back Seamus Coleman for the visit of the Gunners, after the Irishman missed the last three games with a thigh injury. The Everton captain was left out of the win over Leicester on Wednesday night as a precaution, so should start, but James Rodriguez is unlikely to return after a calf injury.

Lucas Digne is still missing with an ankle injury and won’t return until the end of January, and will be joined on the sidelines by Allan, who was stretchered off after 41 minutes at the King Power in the week. Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Fabian Delph will also miss out.

Arsenal, on top of their suspension worries, will welcome back Hector Bellerin from a ban and have mostly the same group that played against Southampton available, after no new injuries. David Luiz may return after his head injury suffered against Wolves.

Thomas Partey is still out after taking a knock in the defeat to Spurs, while Gabriel Martinelli played 45 minutes of an under-21 game last week and is targeting January as a potential comeback date.

If Everton manage to make it three wins on the spin, they could go as high as second in the table ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures. Arsenal arguably need the win more though, and what better place to get it than somewhere Arteta spent six years as a player.

Everton take on Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday, December 19th. Kick-off is at 5.30pm.

Premier League: Arsenal vs Southampton

The Gunners have usually been in excellent form in midweek games this season, winning all six of their Europa League fixtures, but woeful against Premier League opposition, losing four of their last five league games as pressure mounts on Arteta.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored more goals against Arsenal at the Emirates than for them so far this season, but will continue to be relied upon as Southampton visit the capital.

Granit Xhaka will be suspended after ridiculously getting sent off against Burnley on Sunday for grabbing Ashley Westwood around the neck. Whether or not that improves the Gunners’ chances of a result remains to be seen.

Arteta will definitely be without Thomas Partey with a thigh injury, while Nicolas Pepe is also suspended. Reiss Nelson has a chance of returning after a head injury, but Sead Kolasinac is unlikely to make the squad.

David Luiz will be assessed after missing the 1-0 defeat to Burnley with the after effects of a concussion injury sustained in that horrific clash with Raul Jimenez, while the game will come too soon for Gabriel Martinelli, who has stepped up his recovery from an ACL injury in the past week.

As for Southampton, Ralph Hassenhuttl has a fully fit squad to choose from, which seems entirely in keeping with everything going well at St Mary’s at the minute.

Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond are both available after injuries recently, and the pair combined for Saints’ third goal against Sheffield United at the weekend.

A win for Hassenhuttl could send Southampton top of the table for the second time this season, albeit for a maximum of two hours as Liverpool and Spurs play at Anfield ten minutes after the full-time whistle goes at the Emirates.

Arsenal need a win to affect things at the other end of the table, as they bid to pull themselves away from a relegation battle that is starting to tighten up.

Defeat coupled with a win for Brighton could send the Gunners as low as 16th, while a much-needed win could see them leapfrog Leeds United into 14th and stop the rot.

Arsenal take on Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, December 16th. Kick-off is at 6pm

Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Burnley

The Gunners have won just once in Premier League action in two months and Mikel Arteta is in desperate of a positive result against the Clarets.

The Spaniard rested the bulk of his stars for their Europa League win over Dundalk in midweek with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka and Hector Bellerin returning.

But he will still be without the suspended Nicolas Pepe for this one, with Thomas Partey and David Luiz both facing late fitness tests.

For the visitors, manager Sean Dyche is a creature of habit, and he could name an unchanged team from their draw at Everton last week.

Robbie Brady has shaken off a dead leg in time to travel with Ashley Barnes the only potential change for Dyche.

Kick Off is 7.15pm on Sunday night at the Emirates Stadium

Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Arsenal

Mikel Arteta’s side make the short trip across the capital without a league win in over a month and with the hosts currently riding high at the top of the table.

Mourinho rested some of his star names for the midweek draw at Linz and he’s expected to bring Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Sergio Reguilon back into the starting XI tomorrow.

However, skipper Hugo Lloris looks certain to miss out due to a muscle injury, meaning that Joe Hart could start his first Premier League game since Boxing Day 2018.

For Arteta, he is also expected to rotate after Europa League action, but the Spaniard is still without two key players through injury.

Thomas Partey and David Luiz will both miss this one as they edge back to full fitness with striker Nicolas Pepe serving the second match of a three-game ban

And we are all set to go in North London with a 4.30pm kick off on Sunday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Arsenal

Mikel Arteta’s side make the short trip across the capital without a league win in over a month and with the hosts currently riding high at the top of the table.

Mourinho rested some of his star names for the midweek draw at Linz and he’s expected to bring Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Sergio Reguilon back into the starting XI tomorrow.

However, skipper Hugo Lloris looks certain to miss out due to a muscle injury, meaning that Joe Hart could start his first Premier League game since Boxing Day 2018.

For Arteta, he is also expected to rotate after Europa League action, but the Spaniard is still without two key players through injury.

Thomas Partey and David Luiz will both miss this one as they edge back to full fitness with striker Nicolas Pepe serving the second match of a three-game ban

And we are all set to go in North London with a 4.30pm kick off on Sunday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Wolves

The Gunners have won just once since the start of October in Premier League action and Mikel Arteta is certain to rotate his options.

Nicolas Pepe misses out through suspension, with Alexandre Lacazette set to return to the starting team as his replacement.

Bukayo Saka and Willian are also back in full training and should start, but Thomas Partey and David Luiz are expected to miss out.

For the visitors, Santo and his players are also stuck in a rut, with one win in four in the league.

But the Portuguese boss is set to stick to his guns in North London, with skipper Conor Coady the only change to his side, replacing Matt Kilman in defence.

And it’s all set for a 7.15 kick off on Sunday night at the Emirates Stadium.

Aston Villa secure shock 3-0 Premier League win at Arsenal

The Gunners were unable to live with their high energy visitors who won away in North London for the first time since 2011.

Villa were quickest out of the blocks at the Emirates, as John McGinn’s goal inside 60 seconds was overturned by VAR.

However, Dean Smith’s side did finally edge in front on 25 minutes as Bukayo Saka diverted Matt Targett’s cross into his own net.

Arsenal did look to rally before the break however, as Thomas Partey and Alexandre Lacazette both wasted half chances.

Neither side were able to get a grip on the game after the restart with Arteta’s team worryingly short on attacking intent.

With Arsenal unable to create anything meaningful in the final third, Villa doubled their advantage on 72 minutes.

Ross Barkley’s corner flew past a line of Arsenal defenders and Ollie Watkins powered a header past Bernd Leno.

That goal took the sting out of any potential Arsenal comeback as Watkins netted his second with 15 mintues to go.

Villa skipper Jack Grealish led the counter attack, and he feed in Watkins inside the box and the former Brentford striker confidently fired past Leno.

Full Time at the Emirates Stadium it’s Arsenal 0 Aston Villa 3

Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Aston Villa

Mikel Arteta’s side returned to winning ways at Old Trafford last weekend but Dean Smith’s Villa are unbeaten on the road this season.

Arteta has already confirmed no fresh injuries to deal with, but he is certain to rotate following the Europa League win over Molde.

Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding are expected to return to the defence, with Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang also rested against the Norwegians.

Villa only have one new injury to deal with ahead of the trip to the capital with striker Bertrand Traore set for a month on the sidelines.

Trezeguet is set to replace him in the starting line up with Smith only making limited changes from last weekend’s defeat to Southampton.

It’s set to be a late one on Sunday night with a 7.15pm kick off at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal boss Arteta has his reasons for limited Thomas Partey gametime

Partey was signed by the Gunners from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day for £45m much to the delight of fans, who had been pining for the midfielder’s signature.

However, those who were expecting the 27-year-old to start his first game for the club against Manchester City this weekend were left disappointed as the player had to make do for a place on the bench.

Partey did make his Arsenal bow eventually, although he was only afforded 8 minutes of game time as the Gunners slipped to a 1-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium.

Manager Mikel Arteta insists he won’t rush Partey’s arrival in to the English game, claiming he will ‘respect the process.’

Speaking post-match, the Spaniard said:

“I think we have to respect that process and that timing for him because he only trained for a day really and there’s a lot of new information and different game models for him to understand, and we have to respect that, but I think when he came on he looked good.”

Arteta may hand Partey his full debut this coming Thursday in the Europa League, as Arsenal travel to Austria to take on Rapid Vienna.

Premier League: Manchester City vs Arsenal

When the two sides last met, it was Arteta’s Arsenal who came out on top, eliminating Manchester City from the FA Cup at the semi-final stage, before going on to lift the trophy at Wembley by beating Chelsea in the final.

And the Spaniard will be confident he can repeat the feat, given the two sides’ contrasting starts to the season. Arsenal are fourth, having won nine points from a possible 12, while City have only won one of their three games in the league, and sit 14th in the table at this early stage.

The Gunners will be boosted by the signing of Thomas Partey, who joined the club on deadline day from Atletico Madrid. The €45m signing may be involved in some capacity against City, who will be hoping to get back to winning ways after a loss to Leicester and a draw with Leeds United.

They still have problems up front though, as their two out-and-out centre forwards are both still struggling with injuries. Sergio Aguero has stepped up his recovery, and could make the squad, but Gabriel Jesus will miss out as he continues his recovery from an injury of his own.

Oleksandr Zinchenko is rated 50/50 after a spell out injured, but Raheem Sterling is expected to be fit after pulling out of the England squad with a tight hamstring last week. Kevin De Bruyne has also been ruled out after picking up an injury on international duty.

As for Arsenal, defenders Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are ruled out, while Gabriel Martinelli remains sidelined until close to the end of the year with a knee injury. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang suffered a sprained ankle recently but should shake it off to play.

Kieran Tierney was identified as a close contact of Scotland team mate Stuart Armstrong, who tested positive for COVID-19. Rules state that Tierney should self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution, but has also tested negative for the virus. Arteta is hoping for some clarification from the Premier League on the matter as it affects his participation.

Manchester City take on Arsenal at the Etihad on Saturday, October 17th. Kick-off is at 5.30pm.