Wenger hopes for fair game with Newcastle

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes Monday’s match with Newcastle United is played out in a better spirit than the first meeting between the sides in August, the Shields Gazette has revealed.

The Gunners travelled to Newcastle on the opening day of the season and saw Gervinho sent off for raising his hands towards Joey Barton, while Alex Song was later banned for a stamp on the same player. The game finished 0-0 and featured eight bookings, five of which went to Arsenal players.

Arsenal go into the fixture on a good run of form that has seen the side win their last three games, scoring 10 goals in the process and conceding only three. Wenger is expected to be able to call on midfielders Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey after the pair recovered from head and ankle injuries respectively, while winger Peter Lovenkrands is Newcastle manager Alan Pardew’s only absentee. The Dane is expected to miss the rest of the season.

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