February 24, 2024

In an attempt to stay ahead of Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the league, Arsenal will visit St James’ Park to play Newcastle United. Following a lackluster performance in the Carabao Cup against West Ham, Mikel Arteta is anticipated to make a lineup change in an attempt to revitalize his team. Here, Express Sport examines Arsenal’s anticipated starting lineup for the match, which has seven changes from their previous encounter.

The goalie, Raya Aaron Ramsdale’s poor performance against West Ham the previous game suggests that David Raya will take back the starting goalkeeping position. The Englishman occasionally appeared uneasy with the ball at his feet and found it difficult to follow Arteta’s propensity to play from beyond the rear.

White, Saliba, Gabriel, and Tomiyasu are on defense.

Zinchenko is likely to lose his place

Oleksandr Zinchenko may not start for the London Stadium team on Wednesday due to his lackluster performance. After taking over for the Ukrainian, Takehiro Tominyasu seems far more confident and is expected to start against the Magpies. In the Premier League, William Saliba, Ben White, and Gabriel Magahales all keep their starting spots. Against West Ham, Saliba was a huge miss, while Gabriel and White performed below expectations. But given their track record over the previous few seasons, they’ll probably start on Saturday while Jakub Kiwior is benched.

Midfield: Rice, Havertz, and Odegaard
Although Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard are usually the first names on the squad sheet, choosing the third midfield player is getting harder and harder. Due to yet another injury, Emile Smith-Rowe will not be available, therefore Arteta will have to select between Jorginho, Kai Havertz, and Fabio Vieria.

The latter put in a lot of effort for the squad against West Ham and is gradually starting to come into his own at the Emirates Stadium. He is the most probable of the three to be selected since Newcastle will want his physical profile. On Wednesday, Vieria and Jorginho remained silent. They are dropped from our projected starting XI.

When the Gunners visit St. James’ Park, Mikel Arteta will be hoping Eddie Nketiah can repeat his brilliance against Sheffield United. He begins unopposed in the middle, with Gabriel Jesus remaining out due to injury.

With Leandro Trossard failing to impress against the Hammers, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka are nearly expected to start on the flanks. Additionally, Reiss Nelson gets substituted out of the starting lineup.

Starting lineup: Odegaard, Havertz, Rice; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Raya

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