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Arsenal vs Newcastle, Premier League: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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What is it?

It's the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium.

When is it?

It's this weekend. To be more precise, Sunday Feb 16.

What time is kick-off?

It will get under way at 4.30pm.

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports have the rights to this one and will be showing the game via Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event channels. You can also follow live updates via Telegraph Football, with JJ Bull on enthusiastic blogging duty.

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What is the team news?

Alexandre Lacazette is crying out for a goal having not netted since Dec 12. Manager Mikel Arteta is expected to keep faith with him but Nicolas Pepe could come in for Gabriel Martinelli.

Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira should be restored too after Matteo Guendouzi started against Burnley although the game may come a little too soon for a start for new signing Pablo Mari, with Shkodran Mustafi expected to keep his place.

Football Nerd REFERRAL (Article)

Newcastle United, with one of the worse injury lists in the division, have been handed a double boost ahead of their trip to Arsenal with forwards Joelinton and Yoshinori Muto back in first-team training.

Brazilian Joelinton picked up a rib injury in Newcastle's 3-2 win at Oxford United in the FA Cup fourth round replay last week, while Japan's Muto has not played since early last month because of a hip problem.

Their return will bolster manager Steve Bruce's forward options with both Andy Carroll (hip) and Dwight Gayle (hamstring) sidelined.

What are they saying?

It's yet to fully click for Arsenal under Mikel Arteta with the team still marooned in mid-table with just six (yes, six!) wins all season. Earlier this month Dan Zeqiri took a look at what was holding them back as an attacking force. 

In a bizarre season, only Liverpool have lost fewer games than Arsenal but only Norwich and Watford have won fewer. They are not crumbling to soft defeats, but their inability to pull away from opponents when dominant is costing them a top-four challenge. Why are goals proving so hard to come by?

The winter break is firmly over for the Newcastle players, a large number of whom relaxed  in sunnier climates than Britain. Back to business though and DeAndre Yedlin described their on field efforts as 'pretty good' so far this season but the American defender wants even more for the remainder of the campaign.

"We’re hitting the final stretch. Hopefully we can go on a nice run now and shoot as high up the table as we can. We can’t take our foot off the pedal at all."

Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? Arsenal to win 2/5 Draw 7/2 Newcastle to win 13/2 What's our prediction?

Steve Bruce has somehow managed to shore things up at the back lately for Newcastle while Arsenal's strike force is struggling to fire properly. Which all points to a low-scoring stalemate. What's another draw to add to the Arsenal tally eh? 1-1.


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