Arsenal vs Newcastle
Arsenal will be back in Premier League action later today.
The Gunners’ last outing, of course, proved a rather disappointing one for Mikel Arteta and co.
Granted, Arsenal did manage to keep a clean sheet against Crystal Palace, extending their unbeaten run to five games across all competitions.
However, the north Londoners once again lacked any sort of real cutting-edge up top.
This saw them forced to settle for a point, leaving Arsenal languishing down in 11th place in the English top-flight, well off the pace of the current top-six.
Nevertheless, though, Arteta and co. will likely be confident of getting back on track vs Newcastle.
The Gunners downed Newcastle in an FA Cup 3rd round clash earlier this month (though they did need extra time to do so).
The Magpies have also seriously struggled in the Premier League of late, and actually handed Sheffield United their first win of the season last week.
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Arteta on Arsenal player’s fitness
Ahead of the tie, Mikel Arteta has voiced his concerns over the fitness of his squad.
Of course, with the league starting later than usual this season due to Covid-19, teams are often playing at least two games in a week, especially if like Arsenal, they are in Europe as well.
And Arsenal have already had a couple of fitness scares of late, with both Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli missing out vs Palace on Thursday.
Both are looking set to be back in the squad tonight, but that still hasn’t stopped Arteta worrying over fitness.
When asked recently if his players are at risk of exhaustion due to this season’s congested schedule, the Spanish tactician stated:
“Yes. We have been trying to manage it, but the reality is that the fixtures are what they are and we didn’t have a pre-season, which is why – and we’ve talked about it many, many times – one of the reasons we wanted the five subs.
“It was exactly that, but this is just the consequences and this will happen more and more, I think, and to more clubs.”
Quotes via Goal.