Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Hull City now puts the Gunners ahead in the race for fourth, albeit only one point over Everton. Arsene Wenger however now has most of his first-team players back to full fitness. Aaron Ramsey returned at the KC stadium to score and provide two assists, showing his importance to the squad. German playmaker Mesut Ozil also played his first game after coming back from injury and should feature on Monday.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Anita, Tioté, Sissoko, de Jong, Gouffran, Remy
Newcastle are now officially the most off-form team this year when Alan Pardew became the first Newcastle manager to lose five games in succession, scoring only one goal in that period. They can however have comfort in knowing they are safe from relegation, sitting in mid-table mediocrity after previously pushing for a Europa League spot. Pardew will be glad the Loic Remy returned from injury last time out against Swansea; the Magpies have scored only once in the last 10 games the Frenchman has been sidelined.
I’d love an Arsenal player to come out and say: ‘Top of the League for 2/3 of season and ending up 4th? Terrible.’ #afc
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 28, 2014
— Shivi (@Shivi_Hotwani) April 28, 2014
4th place is now an obsession #Afc
— Top of the league (@softbeach_blog) April 28, 2014
Newcastle produced an unforgettable comeback against Arsenal after going down 4-0 but turning the game around with this Cheik Tiote sensational equalizer to make it 4-4.
Aaron Ramsey’s return to the starting line up resulting in a goal and two assist instantly proving that even after a lengthy injury, the midfielder hasn’t lost touch of his fine form. Playing at home, expect a solid performance from the Welshman with either a few assist or even a goal.
Arsenal have won their last four Barclays Premier League meetings with the Magpies; their best ever run against them in the competition.
The Magpies have lost eight of their last 10 Barclays Premier League games at Arsenal (W1 D1); losing 7-3 there last season.
Only against Liverpool (15) have Newcastle lost more Premier League away games than at Arsenal (13).
The Gunners have won their last two Premier League games, after winning only two of the previous nine.
All four of Mesut Ozil’s Premier League goals have come at the Emirates Stadium but only three of his eight assists have.
Lukas Podolski, with 19 goals and 11 assists in the Premier League has the third best mins per goal involvement in the competition’s history (97 mins), behind Thierry Henry and Sergio Aguero.
Podolski has scored a brace in each of his last two Premier League appearances and has netted five in his last five in the top-flight.
Newcastle remain in the top-half of the table despite losing nine of their last 12 Premier League matches.
The Magpies have scored just 10 Premier League goals in 2014, fewer than any other side.
Arsenal cannot top the table again this season but will send the season having spent the most days at the summit (128).