Arsenal head to St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon, looking to win a fourth consecutive game at the stadium.
Newcastle United away is generally a tricky fixture – José Mourinho has never won there – but something about this current Arsenal squad has allowed them to grind out one goal victories for the last three seasons in a row.
“We want to do well at Newcastle but it’s always very, very, very tight and very committed there because the crowd is always behind their team,” Arsène Wenger said in his pre-match press conference.
“They have just come out from a good result at Manchester United so it’s important that we prepare well and we give absolutely everything to win this game before the break.”
Newcastle have recruited well over the summer, Georginio Wijnaldum is a player to look out for, and that clean sheet at Old Trafford will certainly boost their confidence.
Arsenal, on the other hand, head in the game having scored just twice in the three Premier League games so far. That makes Saturday’s game a must win, even this early in the season.
“We have always done very well away from home,” said the manager. “Last season and the season before, it was the last game of the season that we had to win. There has always been something big at stake, but we like pressure.”
Lucky then, because the pressure is well and truly on.