Eddie Howe will be in the Newcastle United dugout for the first time since his appointment as the Magpies manager when they take on North London side Arsenal in the first of the ten Premier League games billed to take place at various centres this weekend. The Gunners will entertain Howe and Newcastle United at home with the hope of getting a win to continue their quest for a top-four berth on the league table.

Howe was made the Newcastle United manager earlier this month by the new owners, but he was absent for the first game of his tenure against West London club Brentfordafter testing positive for COVID-19 on the eve of the game. In his absence, Newcastle United scored the first goal of the game and also had to come back twice to rescue a point via a 3-3 draw.

Jason Tindall is the assistant to Howe at Newcastle United and he was in the dugout for the Brentford game at the St. James Park last week Saturday. He held a press conference earlier on Friday ahead of the Arsenal game. It was revealed during his presser that Howe returned a negative test for COVID-19 on Friday morning and that he would be in charge of the Arsenal game this weekend. He also stated that Howe has been involved with training as much as possible this week despite his bout with COVID-19.

Howe has a big job on his hands as Newcastle United continue to wait for a first league win this season ahead of Saturday’s game against Arsenal. Their inability to win has led the Magpies to the bottom of the table and five points from safety. They face an Arsenal side who have a very good record against them. The Gunners have won each of their last nine league games against Newcastle United.