Newcastle United vs Arsenal 15/04/18
Arsenal booked their place in the Europa League last four with a stunning comeback from a two-goal down against CSKA Moscow that saw them progress 6-3 on aggregate, stretching an unbeaten streak to seven games in all competitions, and after three consecutive Premier League wins, they are going to face Newcastle United at St James’ Park looking to maintain a good form. The Magpies have had a slow start of the season, often struggling to find the right pace, wandering around the relegation zone, but they’ve been able to step up the pace over the last couple of weeks, achieving three victories in a row and a positive result against the Gunners will virtually secure them a place in the English top flight for the next year. Arsenal have been experiencing another turbulent Premier League campaign with many ups and downs, which forced them to look for Champions League football through Europa League as they’ve lost any hope of closing the gap on Tottenham and Liverpool.
Rafa Benitez doesn’t have Jesús Gámez at his disposal, as the Spaniard is yet to recover from a malleolar injury. As for the visitors, Santi Cazorla, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and second-choice goalkeeper, David Ospina, are all sidelined with injuries, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Granit Xhaka might be fit for the encounter.