Dani Ceballos (CM) – It’ll be interesting to see what Arteta goes for with regard to his double pivot on Saturday. With Thomas Partey available once again, the Spaniard may be tempted to give the Ghanaian some minutes to increase his match sharpness. However, if we are to see Partey, I’d expect it to be via second half cameo rather than a start. Dani Ceballos will play ahead of him.
Mohamed Elneny (CM) – Alongside Ceballos, Elneny should be given another chance following his omission at West Brom. He’ll likely start as Arsenal’s deepest midfielder tasked with sitting in front of the back four.
Joe Willock (CAM) – One senses Joe Willock could be fighting to remain at Arsenal for the rest of the season – rumours are circulating that a loan move could be on the cards for him.
Nevertheless, prior to a potential move away, he’ll likely start against Newcastle ahead of Emile Smith Rowe, who has featured an awful lot lately. Willock could form something of a flat midfield three allowing him to operate in his preferred right-central midfield role.