Simply mention past Arsenal-Newcastle encounters, and you'll evoke traumatic memories of February 5, 2011. This may be the case for most Arsenal fans. When they see their team up against Newcastle, those mini-televisions in their heads have Cheick Tiote's equaliser on perpetual replay.
And so this time of the season rolls around again, with the Gunners set to face the Toon Army on Saturday, after the Boxing Day fixture with West Ham was postponed due to Tube strikes in London.
With this in mind, fatigue may be a factor in tomorrow's match, given that Newcastle played on Wednesday—two days ago—and the Gunners' last game was six days ago.
Coming off of three straight Premier League wins, Arsenal look to extend their streak into the New Year, while Newcastle are on the tail end of a disappointing, even painful 4-3 loss to Manchester United on Wednesday, when Chicharito hit home a late winner.
Arsenal of course come into the game as favorites, so here are five keys to a fourth consecutive win.