Eddie Howe will finally take his place on the Newcastle bench

The new Newcastle coach will be able to sit on his team’s bench at Arsenal for the first time on Saturday, a week after testing positive for Covid-19 and therefore missing his debut with his new club.

The players of the former Bournemouth coach, whose last Covid-19 test was negative, will have a lot to do to secure their first victory of the season in the lair of the Gunners, fifth in the Premier League.

With only six points in twelve days, Newcastle are last in the championship, five units behind the first non-relegation, Leeds.

At St James’ Park, the Magpies drew 3-3 against Brentford last Saturday.

The north-east England club was bought out last October by a Saudi investment fund, after having been owned by British businessman Mike Ashley for 14 years.

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