Newcastle v Arsenal: Magpies can steal a point against drained Gunners

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Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has suggested that the club will try to pursue permanent deals for loan duo Martin Dubravka and Kenedy at the end of the season.

The Magpies are sky high at the moment after claiming a 2-1 win at Leicester City which sent them into top half of the log.

If that scoreline is to be considered, it means not many goals would be expected on Tyneside and two goals or less at (1.70) would certainly be rewarding. Giroud's fifth game in that sequence was a 2-1 win away to Newcastle in which he scored twice.

Newcastle have lost their last 10 league games against Arsenal. All things considered, though, there may be an opportunity for the hosts to cause an upset.

"They'd get there with a win here, and must have a great chance against an Arsenal side coming off the back of Moscow on Thursday and now prioritising the Europa League".

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Gabriel Jesus got City up and running in the 22nd minute to give his side an early lead. "They deserve to be at the top. It's much more important what these players have done.

He's a fan-favourite on Tyneside, and the club will be eager to keep hold of him as they look to avoid a battle for survival next year, but there's much he could contribute even at a club of Chelsea's stature.

With Arsenal in action in Russian Federation on Thursday, a gruelling schedule takes Wenger and his players to St James' Park less than 72 hours later. Given that he has been used sparingly in the league of late, that freaky statistic may yet continue; Newcastle will be confident if that is the case, while being fully aware that, on their day, Arsenal can run riot. With Benitez at the helm and the right backing in place, there is no telling of their potential, but their first and only focus will be stretching their winning run on Sunday.

Mohamed Elneny is in contention to start after seeing his red card overturned against Southampton, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a doubt due to a knock. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is out for the season with a knee injury.

Newcastle have won 19 points in 2018, a total bettered only by the top four (prior to the latest round of matches).

Despite the Gunners looking set to miss out on Champions League qualification in the Premier League for the second successive season, Benitez still considers them to be among the division's elite.

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