Head to Head records: Home v Arsenal

In recent history, Arsenal go into Saturday's game with an excellent record against us in this decade alone as we have only managed to muster up one win in the previous 13 games. New boss, Unai Emery will be making his first visit to St. James' Park after replacing the irreplaceable Arsene Wenger.

The last time Arsenal came to town, we came from a goal down to beat the Gunners thanks to goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie to give Newcastle their tenth Premier League win over the London club. Following that match, Arsene Wenger announced five days later that he was going to leave Arsenal at the end of the season to end a managerial spell that lasted more than most managerial spells in the modern day game.

Going deep into the history of this fixture, Arsenal would not have liked taking the trip to Tyneside in the first half of the twentieth century. During that time, the Gunners only won seven times out of thirty visits to St. James' Park with Newcastle winning sixteen of those matches.

It is needless to say that Arsenal will prove to be yet another tough fixture in this early run of fixtures where we will have already faced most of the top six. However, the following two matches after this weekend will come against Crystal Palace away and the next home game will be against Leicester in two weeks time. No offence to those clubs, of course, but it will be nice to go into a game thinking that we can grab a win if we play well like we have been against the big teams.

This is the first game following the international break. The international break arguably came at a good time for us to recoup (especially for the players not on international duty) and recover from any knocks in the hope that we can come back fresh physically and mentally so we can look towards getting some wins on the board.

Facts and Figures

All Competitions

Arsenal wins: 75

Newcastle wins: 67

Draws: 38

Premier League

Arsenal wins: 26

Newcastle wins: 10

Draws: 10

Premier League at St. James' Park

Arsenal wins: 9

Draws: 8

Newcastle wins: 6

Previous ten (all competitions)

Arsenal wins: 9 (22 goals)

Newcastle wins: 1 (7 goals)

Biggest win: Newcastle United 7 - 0 Arsenal (03/10/1925)

Biggest defeat: Newcastle United 0 - 4 Arsenal (27/10/2010)

Memory Lane

Newcastle United 1 - 0 Arsenal - 10/12/2005 (Premier League)

Shay Given: This match certainly added to the longlist of fantastic performances by Shay Given. The Irish international kept a clean sheet where three of his back four consisted of Peter Ramage, Jean Alain Boumsong and Titus Bramble: Given deserves a medal. Nota