Arsenal vs. Newcastle live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch the EPL online
Arsenal and Newcastle go head to head in a battle of the walking wounded as both sides try to close on the top four in the English Premier League.
In sixth place, Arsenal are below what their fans expect of them every season. In seventh place, Newcastle fans are delighted with the season so far. Both teams are dealing with a heavy run of injuries at the moment; Arsenal have managed to keep climbing the English Premier League table lately in spite of those wounds, but Newcastle have tumbled some in recent weeks because of them.
Newcastle, though, are coming off the heels of a major upset win, handing Chelsea their first loss of the season, while Arsenal are coming off a loss to Stoke City last weekend. Arsenal were able to beat Galatassary midweek in the Champions League, but in truth the Turkish side didn’t offer much of a challenge, and the Gunners lost several more key players to injury. Both Newcastle and Arsenal are tied on 23 points, and whoever can pull a win out of their hat today will take a big step closer to the Champions League places in the table.
Key player – Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
It may seem overly obvious that Arsenal’s best player would be the key to the match, but hear the case out. With only Mike Williamson guaranteed to be available among Newcastle’s primary center back rotation, and he the lesser part of that rotation, Sanchez could have himself a field day. Williamson isn’t a bad defender, but he’s poorly suited to deal with someone with a skillset like Sanchez has. If Fabricio Collocini isn’t cleared to play, Williamson will essentially have to do the whole job himself, and that’s bad news for Newcastle.
Key Matchup – Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) vs. Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle)
Janmaat is the only player to feature in all 18 of Newcastle’s matches this season, and the new signing from Dutch side Feyenoord has been consistently good on top of it. His most likely opponent from the Arsenal side of things is Santi Cazorla, who has been in improving form of late for the Gunners. With both sides ailing health-wise, whichever player can gain the advantage over the other could be able to dictate the tide of this match.
Arsenal injuries and suspensions
Out: Ramsey (hamstring), Koscielny (calf), Monreal (ankle), Arteta (calf), Wilshere (ankle), Walcott (groin), Ozil (knee) In doubt: none
Newcastle injuries and suspensions
Out: S. Taylor (suspended), Elliot (thigh), Krul (ankle), Taylor (knee), Aarons (hamstring), Obertan (thigh), De Jong (thigh), Santon (knee), Good (groin) In doubt: Coloccini (hamstring)
These are two badly-battered teams. Newcastle have seen a run of wonderful form wrecked by the destruction of their depth, and every time it looks like Arsenal are about to get healthy, two or three more injuries pop up. With Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, and Jack Wilshere all out for the forseeable future, how Arsenal deploy an effective midfield is a minor mystery, especially with the heavy run of matches coming up in the holiday period. Newcastle aren’t really any better off, with injuries to starters and key reserves scattered all over the pitch. Their biggest concern, though, is in goal, with both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot out until January. Their emergency reserve netminder is Jak Alnwick, but he’s played just one half of football this season. Can he do enough to keep Newcastle in the top four hunt?
Match Date/Time: Saturday, 5:30 P.M. local, 12:30 P.M. ET
Venue: Stadium, city, country
TV: NBCSN (U.S. – English), Mun2 (U.S. – Spanish), Sky Sports 1/HD (U.K.)
Online: NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S.), Sky Go (U.K.)