The reliable bookmaker 1xBet presents the Premier League 26th round match, where Arsenal hosts Newcastle at the Emirates. Find out more to place a successful bet on the top game!

Arsenal in its best shape

During the Christmas and New Year’s marathons in the Premier League, Arsenal suffered 2 painful defeats from West Ham and Fulham as well as lost to Liverpool in the FA Cup. The team played so unconvincingly that they were almost removed from the title race. In England, there was talk about Arsenal’s lack of champion spirit, inability to take a punch, and Mikel Arteta’s failure to bring his players to the next level.

The experts’ distrust and skepticism did not break the squad but forced it to get a grip. Arsenal responded to all critics with a convincing series of 5 consecutive winnings with a 21-2 total score. The Gunners defeated Crystal Palace and Burnley with the same score of 5-0 and took revenge for their unfair defeat in the first round on West Ham (6-0). The most valuable in this period was the victory over Liverpool (3-1), in which Arsenal deservedly beat their direct competitor. Arteta’s team conceded an illogical goal at the end of the first half but finished the Reds after the break.

Arsenal has radically improved their defense and continues demonstrating enviable efficiency in standards. Poor performance in the Premier League’s first part gave rise to many rumors about the purchase of a goal-scoring forward in the winter transfer window. Still, Mikel Arteta found a more elegant solution. The manager’s decision to move Leandro Trossard to the center forward position could be this season’s key moment. With a height of 171 cm, the Belgian feels comfortable in his new role, which makes him forget about the problems with Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah. Trossard brilliantly completes Bukayo Saka and Martin Ødegaard‘s attacking moves while Declan Rice controls the midfield.

3 days before the match with Newcastle, Arsenal will play away against Porto in the Champions League. The Gunners are entering a difficult period, but they have approached it in perfect shape and are ready to take revenge on the Magpies for the scandalous defeat in November. The Londoners have not lost to Newcastle for 8 matches at home and are ready to extend the streak on February 24.

Newcastle emerges from crisis

Newcastle’s problems have a simple explanation. The squad’s main goalkeeper, Nick Pope, and best forward, Alexander Isak, are still in the team’s hospital. Another Eddie Howe’s problem is the injury to midfielder Joelinton and the disqualification of Sandro Tonali, for whom the club paid €70 million in the summer. However, the injury epidemic recently began to decline, immediately improving the Magpies’ results. The team played unbeaten in the last 5 matches and scored 14 goals.

Newcastle has no chance of finishing in the Premier League top 4 for the second season in a row, and in the match against Arsenal, it is considered an underdog. At the same time, the team can give battle to title contenders, which they proved in games with Liverpool and Manchester City. We also note Eddie Howe’s good statistics against Arsenal: 2 wins and 1 draw in 5 matches.

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