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Arsenal to enjoy new Premier League rule for the first time against Newcastle

The new Premier League schedule regulation was introduced at the start of the 2023/2024 season, but this will be the first time the Gunners benefit from its implementation.

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Arsenal is set to encounter the implications of a new Premier League regulation when they take on Newcastle on Saturday night at the Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta’s Gunners host Eddie Howe’s team as they seek to extend their exceptional winning streak to six consecutive Premier League victories in 2024.

The unique fixture time of 8pm for a Saturday kickoff marks the implementation of a recent Premier League rule. This rule aims to alleviate the strain on teams that competed in midweek European matches by avoiding short turnaround times.

Previously, clubs involved in European competitions midweek were scheduled to play early Saturday kick-offs. However, this scheduling practice often led to reduced recovery time and increased injury risks.

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This adjustment in scheduling is particularly welcomed by teams like Arsenal, who recently suffered a 1-0 defeat against Porto on Wednesday. The introduction of this rule provides more recovery time for teams, enhancing player welfare and minimizing injury risks associated with short turnarounds.

While Newcastle have already encountered an 8 pm Saturday kickoff twice this season, this will be Arsenal’s inaugural experience with the new Premier League regulation.

Despite Newcastle’s familiarity with the newly allocated slot, Arteta aims to prepare his team effectively to uphold their historic winning streak.

For Arteta and Arsenal, the match against Newcastle presents an opportunity to make further history in what has been a near-perfect year. The Gunners won all five Premier League games in 2024 until the midweek loss to FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League.

With no previous Arsenal side having won all of their opening five league games to start a calendar year, Arteta’s team has the chance to extend this record to six consecutive victories with a victory against Newcastle tonight.

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