Predicted Arsenal lineup to face Newcastle in the Premier League on Monday.
This period of the year is throwing up a few interesting fixture dates for Arsenal, who’re missing out on the usual Sunday evening slot and now having Premier League days dedicated all to them. How sweet.
Shame then that being the only game on Thursday didn’t help. It was a quite appalling 90 minutes of football against Crystal Palace, so heck knows how any neutrals watching on must have felt. Sorry for having to endure that.
That isn’t to say the game when by without incident, although the major talking point following the full-time whistle was how dearly Arsenal missed a couple of key figures. Among those were Gabriel Martinelli and Kieran Tierney, two players who are in line to return to the fold for Monday’s clash.
Together with the duo is Thomas Partey, who made a long-awaited return from injury to earn some valuable minutes in the second half. Could he be ready for a start against the Magpies? Whoever plays, the performance will need to be a darn sight more fluid and adventurous in order to break through the inevitable Newcastle low-block.
Here is Mikel Arteta‘s predicted lineup for Monday.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
Bernd Leno (GK) – Saved Arsenal’s bacon again with a superb stop against the Eagles, the kind that we’ve become accustomed to over the past 18 months. No brainer.
Hector Bellerin (RB) – By his standards he didn’t have as much influence in the final third as he would have liked against Palace, but his defensive duties were carried out superbly and his place in the side is not under threat.
Rob Holding (CB) – Cemented his place as one of the first names on the teamsheet, it will be nice to see him partner up with his old buddy Gabriel as they rekindle a relationship that has served Arsenal well for most of the season.
Gabriel Magalhaes (CB) – Even if Pablo Mari were to be fit, Gabriel comes back into the side based on merit. Superb since joining the team in the summer, he’s only going to get better and we’re all excited to see it.
Kieran Tierney (LB) – Invaluable to providing balance for Arsenal, his absence through slight muscle tightness could be a blessing in disguise to grant him some much-needed rest. Looks like being able to shake off his problem from midweek.