Michael Owen discusses where Arsenal could come unstuck against Newcastle

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Michael Owen expects Newcastle to approach Arsenal with caution.

Michael Owen has told BetVictor he can see the Newcastle taking a defensive approach against Arsenal this weekend.

The former England striker says essentially Steve McClaren's side will treat the game at St James' Park as an away fixture despite being at home.

Newcastle earned a draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford seven days earlier and Owen believes they will attempt to replicate this success, aiming to nick a goal, as they so nearly did through Florian Thauvin injury time last week.

He said: "I thought Newcastle defended very well at Old Trafford last weekend and think they will try and get men behind the ball and try and hit Arsenal on the break.

"The Gunners are unbeaten in their last nine PL games against my former club and I don’t expect to see too many goals at St James’s Park." 

 Since 2011/12 Goals on fast breaksGoals conceded on fast breaks
Arsenal 21 13
Newcastle 11 18

The counter attacking game is not one which has yielded a great deal of success for Newcastle in recent seasons, scoring just 11 goals on fast breaks since 2011/12, approximately half Arsenal's tally.

This is though the ninth best in the Premier League in this period, with Manchester City scoring the most on 27.

Arsenal have been susceptible defensively compared to their title rivals.

Their 13 goals conceded on fast breaks is the third highest in the Premier League - Newcastle's is the highest. Chelsea meanwhile have allowed only five in this period, and Liverpool six.

If there is a side Newcastle may be able to make a counter attacking game pay off against then Arsenal are one of them, but there is enough talent in their squad to encourage them to be more bold in their approach, despite the Gunners' successful record against them in recent seasons. 

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