Thomas Partey (CM) – There were flashes of improvement from Dani Ceballos during the recent stalemate. Arsenal, however, need consistency across entire matches and there is absolutely no doubt that Partey is considerably far ahead of him in the pecking order, even if it’s only two of them vying for the spot.
Having got some minutes in midweek, he’ll be in from the start. Ceballos most certainly won’t be.
Granit Xhaka (CM) – We saw the good and the bad from Xhaka recently, although the positives outweighed the negatives. A superb defensive display, the best in recent memory, from the Swiss helped cement his place as the one to partner Partey.
An improvement in a distribution sense is needed on Monday as Newcastle won’t be allowing much room for the forwards to operate in.
Emile Smith Rowe (AM) – His quietest display for Arsenal this season against the Eagles was no real fault of his own. Marked out of the game by the visitors he was limited to few touches in and around the box. Some space was found down the right channel, but an overall flat attacking display didn’t help his cause.
Despite that, he made interesting runs and looked to provide a spark. Will be straight back in on Monday.