Unfortunately you get no points for taking the lead three times at Old Trafford and Newcastle can only draw positives from their performance against Manchester United where they served things up to the Premier League leaders before Javier Hernandez knocked the wind out of their sails.
A trip to the Emirates is not what Alan Pardew would have wanted to follow that match, especially against opponents who were able to put their feet up on Boxing Day thanks to a postponed fixture against West Ham United.
Arsenal should be raring to go against their north-east opponents and the bookies go no bigger than 4/9 about Arsene Wenger’s team winning their fifth home match of the season, having built up a head of steam with wins against West Brom, Reading and Wigan.
Wenger won’t have to worry too much about rotation thanks to a week’s rest and there are plenty of players who could break the deadlock for the Gunners, although the preference is for Lukas Podolski who seems to get into lots of scoring positions from the left wing and could prove a handful for Danny Simpson.
The German is an 11/2 chance with Blue Square to be the first name on the scoresheet and it appears that Theo Walcott will keep Olivier Giroud out of the team and be the central attacking option for a team scoring lots of goals at the moment.
Newcastle might be shattered mentally and physically after that defeat against United and it looks a tall order to see them get something from this match, even if they did play very well on Boxing Day. Betfred go 13/2 about an away win, although the Magpies are still looking to register that first win on the road.