Arsenal vs Newcastle United Live Stream Soccer Match Arsenal get their defence of the FA Cup underway looking to build on the momentum of recent weeks against a Newcastle United side who have found their fixtures heavy going in the winter months. Steve Bruce’s men, without key figures since a coronavirus outbreak earlier this season, have not won in their last six whilst their opponents on Saturday have won each of their last three.
That run of results has eased external pressure on Mikel Arteta – internally he always had the backing of Arsenal’s key decision makers – who will doubtless welcome a return to the competition where he crowned his first season in management with a trophy. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s game.
Arsenal: Heading into a competition that the red half of north London understandably regard as their own, a record 14 titles to their name including four of the last seven, there is a little more swagger to Arsenal than there was a few weeks ago thanks to victories over Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom.
As Arteta himself noted: “The spirit, the energy around the place and the vibe is better. I feel better myself. In this Christmas period, to win three games in a row is never easy in this league and we’ve done it, so hopefully we can pick up a much better run.” There could scarcely be a better time to play in a competition where defeat is an infrequent experience. Indeed Arsenal stalwart Hector Bellerin, in his seventh season in the club’s first team, has never lost a game in this competition.
The third round of the FA Cup takes place this weekend, and with nearly 30 matches on the slate between Saturday and Sunday, there’s sure to be something for any level of soccer fan to watch. Despite another lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreaks, the FA Cup will press on with one match already being postponed. With so many matches still taking place, let’s take a look at some of the best and worst of the weekend.
This is one of the few matches of the weekend where two EPL teams face off against each other, and the odds are heavily in Arsenal’s favor as they host Newcastle United. The Gunners have won 3-0 in their last three FA Cup home meetings against Newcastle, dating all the way back to 1936. While history is on their side, anything is possible while Arsenal find themselves struggling in the EPL this season, currently trying to climb out of 11th place. They’re doing a decent job as of late, winning their last three league games in a row, including a 3-1 victory over Chelsea.
Newcastle have lost 10 of their last 11 FA Cup meetings with other EPL teams, with the one exception coming in the form of a 2-1 win over Blackburn in 2012. The Magpies have been struggling significantly this season in league play, sitting in 15th place and going winless in their last five outings. However, their most recent stretch of games were no easy task, as they had to go up against teams like Man City, Leicester, and Liverpool. This should be a fun one to watch as both teams battle it out to see who moves onto the fourth round.
While this may not qualify as an actual “worst” of the weekend, it could be excruciating to watch as a club from the eighth tier of English football will take on the 4th-place team in the Premier League. Marine, a team made up of NHS workers, teachers, and even a garbage collector, will play host to the prestigious Spurs in their tiny 3000-capacity Marine Travel Arena. This will be their first-ever game against a top flight club. While it will be an exciting affair for the loyal Marine fans, I’m not sure one person anywhere is truly expecting them to hold their own against Tottenham, even if Spurs field a second-
or third-choice lineup. It’s quite an accomplishment for Marine to get this far in the FA Cup, but all signs point to their Cinderella run ending this weekend unless they’re able to pull off an absolute miracle. So consider it what you will — a great match to watch in honor of the players who will finally get to experience a game against an EPL club, or an absolute bloodbath in which Spurs will come out on top by double digits. Either way, it will be an interesting result.