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Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba have failed to hit the heights of last season with Newcastle this year
So is Arsenal’s recent upturn in fortune a light at the end of the tunnel or just another train heading their way?
The Gunners look to have a relatively comfortable fixture schedule over the holiday period, but have proved before that they are more than capable of disappointing supporters at The Emirates this season.
Arsene Wenger’s team do appear to be clicking into gear after the impressive 5-2 win at Reading, but need to maintain the momentum through the festive period to keep up their hopes of a Champions League spot next season.
Newcastle have endured a relatively poor campaign this season after the highs of 2011-2012.
The Magpies finished fifth last season, narrowly missing out on Champions League qualification, but are currently just two points clear of the relegation zone.
With strike-pairing Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse failing to hit the heights of last term, Alan Pardew’s side have struggled to recapture the form of last year.
They have won only once since October 28 and travel to Manchester United and Arsenal over the Christmas period.