Arsenal are currently in a fine run of form after winning three consecutive wins in the Premier League. Judging by their league form before they clashed with London rivals Chelsea, no one would expect them to secure such huge wins but after beating the Blues, Brighton and Hove Albion, and West Bromwich Albion, they are beaming in confidence and are raring to go. Their next fixture is the FA Cup tie that would see then face Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium.
Mike Arteta is expected to make a squad rotation to give his fringe players some minutes, as well as giving his key players some rest so they can continue their resurgence the Premier League and also continue their fine run in the Europa League.
Newcastle’s domestic campaign is one to worry about as they Tyneside outfit have not been in a fine firm this season and are languishing in 15th place in the table. However, they would also be expected to make rotations, no matter how few.
Arsenal’s Predicted Lineup
After backup goalkeeper Alex Runarsson’s League Cup howler against Manchester City, Arteta may look to go for a fit Bernd Leno instead. The first-choice keeper is also in good form and may heat the green light to start.
Since his illness, David Luiz has not featured for Arsenal and hey may get the nod. Mustafi may come in for Holding to feature alongside Luiz as well. Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Cedric Soares may take up the full-back roles too.
Midfield star Thomas Partey could come back to the lineup following his injury lay-off, and Joe Willock may come in for the brilliant Emile Smith-Rowe who deserves a rest for his fine performances. Mohamed Elneny could also bring back a partnership with Partey so Xhaka and Ceballos could get rested.
Eddie Nketiah’s long absence from the pitch could be ended as he may likely feature in attack. Pepe has been sidelined by the meteoric rise of Bukayo Saka but he could return to the fold. Lacazette and Aubameyang are expected to be rested for the Palace game, giving a chance to Martinelli to start.