While Newcastle are creeping on the doorstep of a top four finish, their last three games have concluded with just two points. Nevertheless, their nice balance means that they are capable of an upset. They have proven that they can hang with the big boys and will look to take three points from another contender.
Arsenal on the other hand will need to put their emotional midweek clash behind them and refocus. This portion of the season is absolutely monstrous and any dropped points can prove costly.
Wenger has the unique ability to say the right things to his players to instill confidence, and get the best out of them. He knows their strengths and weaknesses and utilizes them accordingly. He never doubts or thinks twice about the personnel on the pitch and that confidence ignites his team.
Young players are starting to emerge and individuals once figured to be passed their prime are rediscovering their legs. It could not be a better time for this squad to start gelling and get back to playing the prototypical beautiful football Arsenal is used to.
I predict AFC will have their hands full with NUFC but in the end, they will be victorious. There seems to be something in the air at the Emirates that brings out the best in the Gunners, and with their fate firmly in their hands (or feet), Arsenal can put another foot forward towards Champions League qualification.
Final Score: Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United
Goal scorers: Robin Van Persie, Gervinho