Newcastle v Arsenal: match preview

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Another away game in front of a packed and passionate crowd is not, it is safe to say, what Mikel Arteta wanted four days after the wounding defeat at Tottenham and with Champions League qualification on the line. But that is all the time the Arsenal manager has to sort out a team that barely got going on Thursday night before they were undone by defensive blunders and Spurs’ predatory strikers. The Gunners’ backline will be threadbare on Monday, with an injured Gabriel joining the suspended Rob Holding as the newest absentees. Arteta might wish he had held on to more of his fringe defenders for a season that was always going to have a fraught ending. Chris Wood and Allan Saint-Maximin may be looking forward to this one as Newcastle aim to continue their upward trajectory. Conrad Leach

Monday 8pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue St James’ Park

Last season Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2

Referee Darren England

This season G14 Y57 R1 4.14 cards/game

Odds H 10-3 A 10-11 D 9-2

NEWCASTLE

Subs from Darlow, Dummett, Manquillo, Ritchie, Wilson, Gayle, Trippier, Fraser

Doubtful Fraser (hamstring)

Injured Hayden (knee, unknown), Shelvey (calf, unknown), Willock (knee, unknown), Fernández (achilles, unknown), Lewis (groin, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y87 R2

Form WWWWLL

Leading scorer Wilson 6

ARSENAL

Subs from Leno, Okonkwo, Awe, Swanson, Lokonga, Pépé, Azeez, Hutchinson, Lacazette, Smith Rowe

Doubtful None

Injured Partey (thigh, Jun), Gabriel (hamstring, unknown), Tierney (knee, unknown)

Suspended Holding (one match)

Discipline Y61 R4

Form LWWWWL

Leading scorer Saka 11

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