Six goals in five matches against Newcastle: Arsenal striker key on Saturday

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Ahead of Arsenal's Premier League clash with Newcastle United at St. James' Park, we bring you all the best Opta stats.

Arsenal travel to St James' Park on Saturday as Arsene Wenger's men look to maintain the pressure on second-place Manchester City with a win over Newcastle.

Here are the top statistics ahead of Saturday's encounter:

2 - The form table is far from conclusive, although it does provide some form of indicator ahead of Saturday's meeting. Based on their last six appearances, Arsenal occupy second place in the table - having won five and lost one - just a single point of pace setters Liverpool. Newcastle, meanwhile, sit in 16th place, having won just once during the same period (W1 D2 L3). 

55 - The Gunners have enjoyed the greater share of possession throughout their games this season (55% to 47%) and they have also excelled in terms of their overall pass completion (83% to 78%). The statistics suggest that Arsene Wengers' side could be far more dominate of the two sides, come Sunday.

  Possession (%)Pass Completion (%)Matches Played
Arsenal 55% 83.01 29
Newcastle 47% 77.63 29

8 - Arsenal are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games against Newcastle, winning the last six in a row. Meanwhile, the Magpies have won just four of the last 39 games in all competitions against the Gunners (W4 D11 L24). Saturday's hosts have failed to score in their last three meetings with Arsene Wenger's side. 

6 - Olivier Giroud has netted six goals in five domestic appearances against the Magpies, while he has scored six and assisted three in his last eight Premier League appearances in general. The Frenchman proved influential in his last outing, scoring and assisting in the Gunners' home tie against West Ham, before netting the opener against Monaco in midweek. 

Bonus: The Gunners are the only team ever to not win a Premier League game after being 4-0 up at half-time, when they drew 4-4 with Newcastle at St James Park in February 2011.

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