There might not be a better time for Newcastle to be playing Arsenal this weekend, with the Gunners expected to imminently lose two of their best players after successful swoops by Barcelona and Manchester City for Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri respectively.
While Arsene Wenger might reinvest some of the reported £55 million before deadline day approaches at the end of August, this match will surely come too soon and there will be many who like the look of the Magpies to claim victory at odds of 10/3 (Stan James – £150 free bets).
Newcastle might have lost Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique this summer, with Joey Barton also hovering on the periphery of the squad, although they scored plenty of goals (41) at home last season and only lost five of their 19 matches at St James’ Park.
Demba Ba has arrived from West Ham and the forward demonstrated last season that he is a class act who could take advantage of an Arsenal defence not renowned for being watertight. Paddy Power (£100 – free betting) offer 8/1 that he opens the scoring in a match that takes place on Saturday evening.
Arsenal have a tough start to the season which includes a two-legged Champions League affair against Udinese for the chance to play in the group stage of the competition, although it appears that Scott Dann is close to completing a move from Birmingham City. Victor Chandler offer odds of 21/20 about the visitors and there is plenty to like about them going forward.
Robin van Persie is one of the most complete strikers in the Premier League and the Dutchman is 9/2 (Paddy Power) to open the scoring providing that he recovers from an ankle knock which ruled him out of the Netherlands’ midweek friendly.