With their winter break now out of the way, Arsenal will host Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium later this afternoon.

Coming into this game, both of these sides are level on 31 points but both will be hoping to end the day on 34 points.

Arsenal head into this tie on the back of a five game unbeaten run in the league, however, only one of these games has resulted in a win.

This is progress, albeit slow progress, and gives Mikel Arteta a good foundation from which to push Arsenal on.

Similarly, Newcastle are currently on an unbeaten run of eight games in all competitions.

Steve Bruce has done very well to get this Newcastle side, who are riddled with injuries, in the position they’re currently in.

Ahead of the game, we’ve picked out the key battles that could decide the outcome of the match.