We face a trip to St James Park to take on Newcastle in our next Premier League game, and there are positives and negatives to take into the match.

First up would be our progression to the Europa League Semi-Final. This is a mixed bag in itself as we may have reached the last four of a European competition for the first time in nearly a decade, but it wasn’t easy. With a three goal advantage going into the second leg, we could be forgiven for thinking we were halfway there, but our club like to make us sweat and CSKA took us to the wire before the recently prolific Danny Welbeck put the tie to bed.

We are through and that’s a positive, but we’ve been drawn against Atletico Madrid and are real underdogs for the game, and that’s very much a negative.

Then we have our Premier League form, and that really leaves our game against Rafa Benitez’s men in real undecided territory.

We’re coming back from a real long jaunt in Moscow, and returning from vast away trips is never really a recipe for success when contesting a Premier League game is it?

Even if we contend with our jetlag and tired legs, we have our away record to deal with.

When it comes to away games, we’ve been nothing short of atrocious. Three away league wins so far represents probably Wenger’s worst away run since he took charge. So how do we turn this around when we go to St James Park?

We rely on the form of our players to hopefully hit Newcastle hard and early.

Danny Welbeck is on fire right now, and only Mohamed Salah has scored more goals in the last five games than our Danny Boy. He may have played the last two games, but Welbeck should be starting this game in the three behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, alongside Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.

Our Welshman is another in rude form in front of goal, and his runs into the box will cause the home side’s defence real problems. Aubameyang is showing his pedigree too, so our goal threat is our real strength and needs to be utilised.

Mohamed Elneny should hold down his place as he was one of the main reasons we came away from Moscow with a favourable result. The Egyptian could partner Granit Xhaka or Jack Wilshere in the centre of the park, it all depends on whether the Swiss midfielder has recovered from flu. Jack has been woefully off form of late, but could well retain his place thanks to Xhaka’s absence.

With no Europa League in midweek to come, it means we’ve got a week off between games for the first time in a while, so our defence should stay the same as it was against Moscow, with Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal keeping their places.

Newcastle have won their last three games and their last game was an impressive win over Leicester City. They have a few dangermen to look out for too, with Matt Ritchie and Kenedy posing threats out wide, and Ayoze Perez and Dwight Gayle offering pace in the centre.

We could well struggle to grab the points here. It will hinge on if we choose to wait until we exert our authority or if we go straight for the jugular. I fear if we pick and choose our moments we won’t have the impetus that makes us so dangerous and it will play into Newcastle’s hands.

That being said, we have the nous to score when we want. #UTA

Predicted Lineup - Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Elneny, Wilshere, Welbeck, Ozil, Ramsey, Aubameyang

Predicted Scoreline - 2-1 to The Arsenal