Two Frenchmen will be neutrals’ heroes as Newcastle host Arsenal

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There wasn’t a clean sheet kept in either of the pair’s meetings in 2014/15 as Arsenal won 4-1 at the Emirates and 2-1 away, while no goalkeeper escaped un-breached in either of Steve McClaren’s first two home games as Newcastle boss.

So there are countless reasons to be confident about being paid out at that hugely enhanced price, but the question that we want to answer is: which players will you be thanking come full time? News.Ladbrokes has a suspicion that it will be Frenchmen firing in the all-important goals.

In the red corner is Olivier “Na, Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na” Giroud. The divisive Gunners forward netted quite spectacularly in their previous away outing at Crystal Palace and he loves nothing better than making Magpies miserable.

His four Premier League starts against the toast of Tyneside have yielded six goals, including a brace in both encounters last term and three first goals. The 28-year-old is Evens to add to his three strikes in two starts at St James’ Park and 4/1 to put his club 1-0 up again.

In the black-and-white corner is Florian “He Played Alongside Andre Ayew and Dmitri Payet At Marseille So He Must Be Pretty Tasty” Thauvin, who already has Newcastle fans cooing after contributing to all four of their goals against Northampton in the Capital One Cup on his debut.

It took the attacking midfielder a mere three minutes to score on that occasion, yet he is 12/1 to kick off the net-rippling against Arsenal, and 9/2 notch at any moment in the 90 minutes.

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