Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Newcastle: Saturday Night Lights!

  • Arsenal aiming for their sixth-straight Premier League win on Saturday
  • Mikel Arteta provided positive injury uodates ahead of Newcastle's visit
  • How many will return this weekend?

How many changes will Mikel Arteta make to his starting lineup?
How many changes will Mikel Arteta make to his starting lineup? / David Ramos/GettyImages
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Arsenal will be keen to prove that their defeat in Porto was merely a blip as they take on Newcastle this weekend.

Given their competition in the title race, every Premier League bout now feels mightily significant for the Gunners and they may well have to rattle off an imperious winning run to earn their first title in over 20 years. Their current streak is five.

Their performance on Wednesday contrasted their recent domestic exuberance, and the Magpies have been able to frustrate Arsenal on a couple of occasions in recent head-to-head duels. Eddie Howe's side are also set to be healthier for their trip to north London.

Arsenal, too, are improving on the injury front, but will any injured stars return to action on Saturday night?


Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Newcastle

Declan Rice
Arsenal were beaten in Porto on Wednesday night / David Ramos/GettyImages

Here's how Arsenal could line up against Newcastle this weekend.


Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Raya (GK) - Despite his recent upsurge, Raya proved on Wednesday that he might not be the goalkeeper to get Arsenal over the line in crunch time.

Ben White (RB) - Should Arsenal's absences at left-back continue, White will once again play an inverted role from right-back.

William Saliba (CB) - The dazed Saliba may be fatigued, but he'll remain in the team this weekend.

Gabriel (CB) - Perhaps Gabriel is benefitting from the rest he earned at the start of the season. While Saliba is perhaps suffering from incessant starts, the Brazilian remains consistent at the heart of Arsenal's backline.

Jakub Kiwior (LB) - Arteta was pretty coy regarding Oleksandr ZInchenko's chances of playing this weekend. Kiwior is likely to keep his place with Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jurrien Timber both still out.


Midfielders

Declan Rice (CM) - The Englishman has been a constant this season, and that'll continue this weekend as he seeks to take control of a dynamic Newcastle midfield.

Jorginho (CM) - The Italian has barely featured since his impressive display against Liverpool, and he could come back into the side to partner Rice on Saturday.

Martin Odegaard (CM) - Odegaard's role will depend on whether Jorginho gets the nod. Should the Italian start, the skipper will function ahead of the double pivot.


Forwards

Bukayo Saka (RW) - Saka has been in majestic Premier League form as of late, although Newcastle could deploy the speedy Tino Livramento down his flank on Saturday.

Kai Havertz (ST) - Havertz has settled in north London and was impressive on his most recent Emirates appearance, performing a dogged forward role against Liverpool.

Gabriel Martinelli (LW) - Martinelli was dismal in midweek, but Arteta tends to stick by the Brazilian even if he is out of sorts. Leandro Trossard perhaps harshly drops out.


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