Paul Merson and Harry Redknapp in complete agreement over Arsenal vs Newcastle United prediction

Pundits have submitted their predictions ahead of Arsenal's tough-looking clash with Newcastle United this weekend.
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Arsenal are back in action on Saturday evening, and they face a big test amid superb recent form. The Gunners have found their scoring touch of late, and with the exception of a disappointing Champions League clash with Porto during the week, they have looked unbeatable in recent weeks.

But their new-found form will be put to the test against European hopefuls Newcastle United this weekend, with the Gunners needing to prove themselves against strong opposition again if they want to remain in the thick of the title race. Ahead of Saturday's good-looking clash, we pundits have been locking in their predictions.

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"Arsenal suffered a big blow last night (Wednesday)," Paul Merson told SportsKeeda. "They last won a European trophy 30 years ago. It just shows you how hard European competitions really are - you need the experience. They had a lot of the ball away from home, but they didn't really know what to do with it. I'm not sure why they changed the away-goals rule - you're now going to get games like this because teams will go into a shell in their away matches.

"I don't think their European setback will affect Arsenal this weekend. Newcastle have been inconsistent recently but have managed to remain unbeaten in their last five matches. They're scoring goals, but they're conceding far too many goals as well. They cannot go to Arsenal this weekend and defend like that - they'll get destroyed.

"Newcastle's defence is struggling at the moment, but they don't have much to play for. I like watching them play because they open games up, but they don't want to do that against Arsenal - it could get messy. Bukayo Saka could have a field day in this fixture, and I expect Arsenal to win this game comfortably."

Arsenal were backed to win 3-1 by Merson, and former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp agreed wit that scoreline in his BetVictor predictions, adding: "Arsenal have been in unbelievable form domestically, scoring so many goals. They struggled away to Porto during the week though, I think they’ll be motivated to respond here.

"Newcastle have been so up and down, they seem to be really struggling at the back, it’s very unlike them I can see Arsenal taking advantage of that and adding to their recent scoring spree. 3 – 1."