Newcastle United tipped to sign £30m Arsenal man as Martin Keown issues verdict

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All the latest news and transfer rumours surrounding Newcastle United as they prepare to take on Arsenal.

Newcastle United will now be putting the final touches on their preparations for Saturday's away clash with Arsenal. The Magpies need a consistent run of form to find themselves in the top seven, and that includes these tricky fixtures.

Arsenal have been in superb form in the Premier League this season, but the Gunners did slip up in the Champions League on Wednesday night, losing to FC Porto. In the meantime, we have rounded up all the latest news surrounding St James' Park.

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Arsenal are reportedly interested in a deal for Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. The keeper has found himself relegated to the number two this season after the loan signing of David Raya that will eventually become permanent.

According to Sportslens, Newcastle are interested in a £30million deal for the England international. The Magpies may well need more depth given Nick Pope's recent injury, but it's unclear whether they are looking for a new number one, a position Ramsdale would likely demand to secure a move.

Keown on Arsenal clash

Martin Keown believes Newcastle will bid to get 'under Arsenal's skin' on Saturday night. He told the Daily Mail: "Newcastle will have been buoyed by seeing all that unfold. The last time Eddie Howe’s team played at the Emirates — a 0-0 draw in January 2023 — it led to accusations of time-wasting tactics. ‘We’re not here to be popular,’ Howe said back then and it is interesting how he spent time studying Diego Simeone during 15 months away from football.

"Simeone is the master of disrupting matches and I’d be surprised if Newcastle do not try to get under Arsenal’s skin, though it is harder now to indulge in dark arts with the PGMOL cracking down on such behaviour. This should be a thriller. Arsenal have been magnificent in their last five fixtures in the top flight, scoring 21 goals, while Newcastle’s away form is improving. I expect they will try to target Arsenal on the break as they possess formidable pace."

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