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ARSENAL VS NEWCASTLE UNITED

Published:Friday | January 1, 2016 | 1:00 AM

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)

CECH

BELLERIN, GABRIEL, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,

FLAMINI, RAMSEY,

CAMPBELL, OZIL,

WALCOTT,

GIROUD

NEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1)

MITROVIC,

COLBACK , WIJNALDUM, PEREZ,

ANITA, SISSOKO,

DUMMETT, COLOCCINI, MBEMBE, JANMAAT,

ELLIOT

On Monday night Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-0 to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League. And with Leicester drawing 0-0 a day later, Arsene Wenger's men stay top, albeit on goal difference.

The Gunners are unbeaten at the Emirates Stadium since the opening day of the season, when they lost to West Ham. Since then, Arsenal have won six and drawn two at home.

Mesut Ozil made one goal and scored another against Bournemouth - his 16th assist of the season,

The game also saw Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech keep the 170th clean sheet of his Premier League career, a new record in the competition and achieved in just 352 games. Previous record holder David James kept 169 clean sheets in 572 games.

Now Arsenal face a Newcastle United side with only five away goals this season, the fewest in the Premier League.

When these teams met at St James' Park earlier this season Newcastle had Aleksandar Mitrovic sent off after just 16 minutes and lost 1-0 thanks to a Fabricio Coloccini own goal.

That was Arsenal's eighth straight win against Newcastle in the Premier League and extended their unbeaten run against them to 10 games. The Magpies last beat Arsenal in November 2010, at the Emirates. Since then they have lost four in a row while conceding 16 goals.

Arsenal test Per Mertesacker and Mathieu Flamini but are still without a host of key players including Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla. Newcastle test Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse and Rob Elliot.