Arsenal will be hoping to continue their good form in the Premier League when they face Newcastle on SaturdayReuters

Arsenal travel to the St James' Park to take on Newcastle United as they look to cement their current position in the Premier League.

The North London side have been in excellent form of late, recording consecutive wins in their last five fixtures in all competitions, following their home defeat against AS Monaco in the first leg round of 16 of the Champions League on 25 February.

Although Arsenal's chances of winning the Premier League title are pretty slim due to them being seven points behind leaders Chelsea (who have an extra game in hand) they have a very good chance of overtaking the second placed City, who are just a point ahead of the Gunners.

Arsenal are expected to beat their next Premier League opponents Newcastle against whom they have a very strong record of six wins in the last six fixtures.

However, Wenger, despite admitting that Arsenal have some "good memories" at St James' Park, insists that they will be a tough opponent on Saturday.

"We have good memories at Newcastle but they are always very tight, very difficult games," Wenger told Arsenal's official website.

"They are in a position where they are not under threat to go down. They always have a very motivated crowd and they always play well against us, which makes it a tight game."

However, Wenger feels that his side have a good chance of beating Newcastle due to them becoming a "better team" of late.

"We are a better team today than four months ago. There is a fantastic spirit in the team, there is great quality as well, and [we need to] rectify what we haven't done well in the first leg [against Monaco] and continue to improve."

"We have won 13 of our last 15 games and that's down to consistency, quality and improvement."

Newcastle, on the other hand, will also be looking to pick up some points on Saturday despite them being the underdogs against Arsenal on Saturday.

The Magpies have not been playing well of late, managing only a single win in their last six Premier League fixtures.

The main reason behind their recent run of poor performances has been due to most of their players getting injured.

And things do not look so good for them against Arsenal as manager John Carver has revealed that he currently has only 13 fit senior players in the squad.

"I haven't really got a selection problem as I've only got 13 fit senior players, plus two goalkeepers, so that won't be too difficult," Carver told Newcastle's official website.

"There's no sign of anybody coming back in the near future, other than Mehdi Abeid - who could be a week or so away - and Rolando Aarons, who we are still working on. Everyone else is more or less long-term."

Although Carver says he is tempted to again use youngsters Jamie Sterry and Olivier Kemen, who featured during the Magpies last fixture against Everton, on Saturday, he does not feel that it is the right time to play them especially against an in-form side like Arsenal.

"I would love to stick a couple of the young lads in but I don't think it's the right environment, certainly against an in-form side like Arsenal," he continued.

"I watched them (Arsenal) on Tuesday night and they were pretty impressive, so it's not the right time for the young lads to go into a situation like this."

Expected Line-ups

Newcastle: Krul; Taylor, Janmaat, Williamson, Colback; Gutierrez, Sissoko; Ameobi, Cabella, Perez; Riviere.

Arsenal: Ospina; Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Coquelin, Ramsey; Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott; Giroud.

Where to Watch Live

The EPL match is scheduled for 3pm GMT (8:30pm IST, 11am ET), starting with live coverage in India on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports 4 HD in India. The game can also be watched via live streaming online in India on

The match will not be telecast live in the UK, but audience can listen to the live commentary of the match on BBC Radio Five.

Catch the game live in the US on NBSCN, while the action can also be live streamed online on NBC Sports Extra.

Audience in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the game via live streaming online on Bein Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa viewers can do the same on SuperSport online. Australia viewers can watch the game on Fox Sports and live stream it on Fox Sports On Demand.

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