Mikel Arteta is set to ring in the changes when Arsenal play hosts to Newcastle United in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday evening.
The Gunners will be aiming to continue their momentum run form when they welcome The Magpies to Emirates stadium on Saturday evening. Mikel Arteta’s men are in good run form, having won all of their last three Premier League matches and are the undisputed favourites heading into this game.
However, Mikel Arteta could make a host of changes to the side that secured a 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the last game. The likes of Nicolas Pepe, Cedric Soares, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and David Luiz are indeed expected to make their return to the starting eleven.
Ahead of their latest fixture,Mikel Arteta are received huge boosted by the return of star player Gabriel Magalheas and Thomas Partey. The Brazilian has missed Arsenal’s last three league games due to coronavirus. But after finishing his isolation, he is now in contention to feature on Saturday, although the defender’s fitness remains a doubt.
Thomas Partey was also in contention to feature this weekend, but much like Gabriel, the Ghanaian is unlikely to be rushed back into the starting lineup, thus guaranteeing a place for Mohamed Elneny. The Egyptian international should form the double-pivot alongside Spanish star Dani Ceballos.
Moving upon to the attacking department, Mikel Arteta could be dealt with a major selection dilemma. Especially in the right-wing slot, Nicolas Pepe and Willian are among options who could replace academy product Bukayo Saka.
His job, however, will be eased by the fact that Willian has suffered from illness in recent weeks, making Nicolas Pepe the favourite to start against Newcastle United.
Gabriel Martinelli, on the other hand, remains almost a guaranteed starter on the left flank while playmaker Emile Smith-Rowe should handed a rest for upcoming fixture and could make way for Joe Willock in the number ten position, thus completing Arsenal’s creative trifecta.
They will look to provide the supply for the lone striker Alexandre Lacazette, although Mikel Arteta also has the option of deploying both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as well as Eddie Nketiah.
Arsenal Predicted XI: Leno; Cedric, Mustafi, Luiz, Maitland-Niles; Elneny, Ceballos; Pepe, Willock, Martinelli; Lacazette.