4. Wasted chances…
Arsenal scored 73 goals last season, which was the third-best tally in the league, but they have only scored an alarming 32 goals this campaign. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored nearly half of the team’s goals this season, which shows how much creativity the Gunners are lacking offensively.
Newcastle United are in even deeper water when it comes to scoring goals. Steve Bruce’s men have only scored 24 goals this term. Both Newcastle United and Arsenal are ranked among the bottom seven in terms of shots taken this season, so anyone expecting a lot of goals in this clash will be disappointed. One goal might be all it takes for either side to claim three points on Sunday.
5. Second half resurgence?
One thing about both teams that could make Sunday’s game much more exciting is how they play late in games. Newcastle United have scored some late winners and equalizers this season, and Arsenal have been just as scrappy in some of their recent games. Regardless of how both teams played in previous games, the second half on Sunday should be an intense battle in which the game will open a bit more in the final 20 minutes.
Arsenal are playing with the weight of enormous pressure on their shoulders to perform at an elite level and put three points in the bag. Newcastle United are not as desperate for a victory, but a win on Sunday could see them go ten points clear of the relegation zone and only be six points shy of the 40-point mark. Based on how both teams have been playing in recent weeks, fans might have to wait until close to stoppage time to see the ball fly into the back of the net.
Football is completely unpredictable, especially in the Premier League, but the recent trend with these teams hints that a tight battle is on the cards this weekend. Feel free to share your thoughts and expectations for this game in the comments section below!