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Arsenal v Newcastle United – BBC Sport


Mikel Arteta is just the second Arsenal manager to win only one of his first seven league games in charge, after Steve Burtenshaw in 1986.TEAM NEWS

Arsenal could welcome back several players, with defender Sead Kolasinac and midfielder Reiss Nelson in contention following thigh injuries.

New signing Cedric Soares, who arrived from Southampton with a knee issue, may also feature.

Newcastle are still missing a raft of senior players, although Joelinton and Miguel Almiron are expected to return on Sunday.

Yoshinori Muto and Dwight Gayle will be assessed but Andy Carroll remains out.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

@Wilsonfooty: It has been 25 years since Arsenal finished a season outside the top six. They are currently 10th.

Mikel Arteta was never likely to be a magic wand – and so it has proved. A 37-year-old taking his first job was hardly likely to reverse overnight a decline that has been more than a decade in the making. He needs time, and probably lots of it.

Of all the terrible statistics around Arsenal, perhaps the worst is that only Norwich and Watford have won fewer Premier League games this season.

However, whatever else might be going wrong, beating Newcastle…