Newcastle United v Arsenal

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Newcastle will go in search of their first Premier League win of the season when they play host to Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.

Newcastle will go in search of their first Premier League win of the season when they play host to Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.

The Magpies are currently sat in the bottom three after collecting just one point from a possible 12 and defeat against the Gunners will see them equal their lowest-ever return after the opening five fixtures of a Premier League season.

Although the head-to-head stats don’t make good reading for the hosts, Newcastle are looking to record back-to-back wins over Arsenal after a 2-1 success at St James’ Park in April.

Rafa Benitez will be forced to make a late decision on whether Salomon Rondon and DeAndre Yedlin can start, after the duo only recently returned to the club after international duty.

Two other key players are back in contention, though, for Newcastle, with Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey returning to training after thigh and knee injuries respectively.

Having lost their opening two games, Arsenal head to Tyneside off the back of consecutive victories over West Ham and Cardiff and another win could lift them into the top six.

Unai Emery has reported no fresh injury concerns and, although Alex Iwobi is available again after illness, the Spaniard is expected to name the same side that beat Cardiff prior to the international break.

The Gunners have won just two of their last 10 Premier League away games, while Newcastle face the prospect of losing their opening three home league fixtures for the first time since 1987.

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