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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been satisfied with the Gunners' training but wants a response from his side against Newcastle United after a heavy defeat against Liverpool.

The North London club started the Premier League term poorly before bouncing back with an eight-game unbeaten run, which crashed to an end in a 4-0 loss at Anfield last Saturday.

Despite defeat against Jurgen Klopp's side, Arsenal remain in fifth and Arteta indicated he is happy with his side's work while praising his team's leadership qualities.

"I really liked the reaction that we had already in the dressing room at Anfield after the game," Arteta said.

"How some players took leadership and described what happened in a really honest way, and looked forward.

"This is not something that in a season it will never be like this, there are always bumps in the road, there are results, injuries, there are issues you have to deal with and I really like how the team has reacted through the week."

Newcastle appointed Eddie Howe as their first head coach following their Saudi-backed takeover and the Englishmen will be in the dugout for the first time after missing his first game due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Assistant manager Jason Tindall oversaw a 3-3 draw with Brentford to leave the Magpies winless in 12 top-flight games but he is glad to have Howe back on the touchline after he returned a negative coronavirus test on Friday.

"Every team wants their manager, their leader, on the sideline," Tindall said.

"It's the person they look to for guidance, instruction and comfort so it's really important for the football club that Ed's there.

"For the players to see the manager there will be a huge lift for them."

Arsenal - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been involved in nine goals in his eight appearances for Arsenal against Newcastle in all competitions (6 goals, 3 assists), scoring in each of his last five against the Magpies.

Newcastle United - Allan Saint-Maximin

Allan Saint-Maximin has carried the ball further than any other player in the Premier League this season (2952 metres), while no player has created more chances following a ball carry than the Frenchman (13, level with Jack Grealish).

·Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has taken just five points from 30 available in his Premier League meetings with Arsenal (W1 D2 L7), losing all five of his visits to the Emirates to face the Gunners.

·No side have conceded more Premier League goals than Newcastle this season (27), with the Magpies still yet to keep a clean sheet this term. However, they've scored more goals (15) than opponents Arsenal (13) so far this term.

·Arsenal have never lost a Premier League home game against the side starting the day bottom of the table (W15 D6), winning the last eight in a row by an aggregate score of 23-2.

·Arsenal have scored at least once in each of their last 17 Premier League games against Newcastle. The Gunners have opened the scoring in their last 16 against Newcastle, the longest run one team has had scoring first against another in the competition's history.

·Arsenal have won 16 of their last 17 Premier League games against Newcastle, with the exception being a 2-1 away loss in April 2018.

Updated November 26, 2021

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