Arsenal Team News
One day, maybe, Arsenal will have a clean bill of health. The last time that happened was probably during a pre-season many moons ago, and even that’s doubtful.
Yes of course, as players return from lay-offs, others take up their spots in the treatment room. Most positive of all, Thomas Partey earned some valuable minutes late on against Crystal Palace having not featured since the north London derby, with all signs pointing towards a return to the starting lineup on Monday.
"“Now we have the reassurance that he can compete,” Arteta told the official Arsenal website. “He did it for 25, 30 minutes. He did it well, he didn’t feel anything so now we’re going to be looking for the next step.”"
As for Gabriel Martinelli, he’s back in full training have missed a couple of days following a strain of his ankle, which puts him well placed to get time on the pitch, whether from the start or not, against the Magpies.
Kieran Tierney sat out the recent draw with muscle tightness, an expected occurrence given the sheer volume of games he’s clocked up over the festive period. In with a chance of being thrust straight back into the team, it will probably be a case of needs must. And Arsenal sure need him.
Gabriel Magalhaes is expected to get the nod after recovering from COVID-19, not least because Pablo Mari has been ruled out for the next couple of games with a muscle injury. Mari is a miss as he’s been excellent over the recent spell, which is why it’s fortunate that the first choice Brazilian is back in the fray.
Regarding the visitors, Jamal Lewis is back from a knock while captain Jamaal Lascelles is available having sat out the recent defeat to Sheffield United. Federico Fernandez is a doubt and so too is Allan Saint-Maximin, while Ryan Fraser misses out through suspension.