Merson predicts Newcastle v Arsenal, expects defender's absence to be felt

Arsenal visit Newcastle United this weekend.

Arsenal visit Newcastle United this week hoping to continue their winning Premier League run.

A Gunners victory is a result former star Paul Merson is predicting, telling SkySports he expects a 3-0 away win for Arsene Wenger's side.

Arsenal come into the game off the back of their Champions League elimination to Monaco, but amid their exit it should not be forgotten they won 2-0 away from home against the Ligue 1 challengers.

Merson said: "This is Arsenal all over at the moment, they will win their last nine league games of the season and then there will be huge optimism around the club that they can go and win next season’s Premier League.

The pundit expects that Newcastle will badly miss Fabricio Coloccini, with the captain dismissed in the defeat against Everton last weekend.

He added: "I think he will be a huge miss and even though they will be playing in front of 50,000 fans at St James’, Arsenal have a great record there and I expect an easy win for Arsene Wenger’s side."

Arsenal have won their last six matches in a row against Newcastle, with an Olivier Giroud goal giving them a 1-0 victory at St James Park last season. Earlier this year they won 4-1 in a one-sided game at The Emirates.

Former Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy will miss the game through injury, missing out on his first chance to visit his old stadium.

Arsenal have won eight of their 10 Premier League games in 2015, while Newcastle have been the victors in only two. 

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch