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New signings to make debut, Ozil ruled out | Expected Arsenal line-up vs Newcastle

Arsenal take on Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Unai Emery will select for the game:

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Arsenal will look to make a winning start to the new Premier League season when they take on Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.

Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Unai Emery will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno made the number one shirt his own last season and with Petr Cech retired the German is certain to be our first choice keeper this campaign. Emi Martinez has been promoted to number two so will be Leno’s back-up.

Defence: Arsenal completed a shock swoop to sign David Luiz on deadline day and the Brazilian international is expected to come straight into the starting eleven this weekend. Luiz will replace Laurent Koscielny alongside Sokratis after the Frenchman joined Bordeaux this summer.

Calum Chambers is an option from the bench but Rob Holding isn’t expected to be involved as he’s not match fit yet following a serious knee injury. It will be interesting to see whether Shkodran Mustafi is in the squad amid reports he’ll move abroad over the coming weeks.

Hector Bellerin is still nursing his knee ligament injury so Ainsley Maitland-Niles should keep his place at right-back. New signing Kieran Tierney has been ruled out for at least 4 weeks with a groin injury so he won’t be making his debut any time soon.

Unfortunately Sead Kolasinac won’t travel to Newcastle after the club confirmed he’s been involved in fresh ‘security incidents’ so Nacho Monreal will start at left-back.

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Midfield: Granit Xhaka is expected to captain the side on Sunday so he’ll start in midfield while Matteo Guendouzi is favourite to start ahead of Lucas Torreira as the Frenchman has had more game-time in pre-season to get up to speed.

Summer signing Dani Ceballos could be in-line to make his competitive debut after completing a season-long loan move from Real Madrid but obviously there is no Aaron Ramsey after he joined Juventus on a free transfer.

Attack: Arsenal have confirmed that Mesut Ozil also won’t be involved against Newcastle as he’s been targetted by robbers yet again after an attempted car jacking last month.

Nicolas Pepe will be assessed ahead of the game as he’s only had a few days pre-season training following his exploits at the African Cup of Nations but Emery’s hinted he won’t start anyone who isn’t 100% so a place on the bench is the best Pepe can hope for.

Therefore, Henrikh Mkhitaryan could start on the right side of attack on Sunday. Reiss Nelson is pushing to start after impressing in pre-season but I think he’ll be named on the bench against Newcastle.

Alexandre Lacazette is facing a late fitness check on an ankle injury that he sustained at the Emirates Cup last month but the Frenchman is expected to be passed fit to travel.

Assuming Laca can start, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is likely to start from the left side of attack. If Lacazette is only fit for the bench, then Aubameyang will lead the line up front and Nelson could come in.

Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:

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  1. Werner

    August 9, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Arsenal will probably loose there opening game against Newcastle. Arsenal did buy new players. But there biggest problem is injuries. And they always start slowly. And opening day is always crap

  2. Christophe Savart

    August 9, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    You really think an arsenal team wc I’ll ever loose against a Steve Bruce team?????????????.
    You clearly know nothing about premier league history.

  3. Rashid

    August 9, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    New castle is not a team to beat Arsenal even if Arsenal have injuries

  4. Neil Fitt

    August 9, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    I,m sorry but maitland niles and monreal both worry me,and our midfield isn’t balanced.we should start Pepe not Mykitarian .ballos instead of guendozi .

    • Manamongst

      August 10, 2019 at 1:59 am

      Maitland Niles is solid as they come defensively, and on the cusp of being a real problem offensively. Give him a healthy run of games. Nacho on the other hand, is running on borrowed time…

  5. Neil Fitt

    August 9, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    An edit on my comments I meant Torrierra instead of Xhaka

    • Akan

      August 9, 2019 at 10:01 pm

      Guendouzi and Willock must form the midfield base and the team should be built around them.
      David louiz will have the same problems as Koscelney and Mustafi had, that is Xhaka cannot provide cover and they will be overworked cleaning up and passing the ball to him to make his stats look good, as has been happening since whichever idiot signed him. It will be a long hard season with Xhaka in the team. Everybody’s hard work will come to no avail because of him.

      • T Smudge

        August 9, 2019 at 10:23 pm

        I agree Akan, I’m fed up saying it, it worries me that all of a sudden Xhaka is captain material… he’s never showed any real skill at all apart from the odd pass. Are we missing something?

      • Manamongst

        August 10, 2019 at 1:59 am

        So spot on.

  6. Dave Therave

    August 9, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Wow you lot are some whiney, whingey moaners. Seems like some people only watch football so they can give their own team and players a hard time. Direct your sourness towards the opposition! How about, just for a change, Arsenal SUPPORTERS, SUPPORT ARSENAL?

    • Manamongst

      August 10, 2019 at 1:53 am

      There’s no whiny whinging anything, everryone knows we have had midfield balance issues and the elephant in the room is Xhaka, he slow EVERYTHING downhis mobility is atrocious and he just post up in front of the front 4 and clogs sh^t up like your girlfriends hair in the drain.

      He is the reason why Mustafi is worth about 20 mil and Harry McGuire is worth 80 mil…the whole world knows it, ain’t nobody got time for Dave Therave’s concern trolling…

  7. Ryan Cummins

    August 10, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Why is this fool putting Guendouzi ahead of Wilock? I would also start Riess Nelson ahead of Miki.

    • Manamongst

      August 10, 2019 at 1:56 am

      I like, Guendouzi Wilock and Ceballos all together…Guendouzi is a way better option holding mid than Granit.

  8. Moses Ngui

    August 11, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Back 4 cant change due to injuries…mid rather pick torreira willock and ceballos…then attack have pepe auba and laca

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