A rejuvenated Newcastle United team will play host to Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, Rafa Benitez has managed to give the Magpies campaign a new breath of life and they are currently riding high.
Newcastle United have risen steadily up the Premier League table and are now comfortably 10 points above the drop zone. It has been a remarkable turn around for them, after flirting with relegation for a long time.
Newcastle United are currently 10th in the Premier standings and are on a three-match winning streak. Arsenal on the hand is also on a three-match winning streak and are just three points behind Chelsea in the race for fifth place.
The Gunners were busy on Thursday night in the Europa League and reached the Semi-Finals of the competition after overcoming CSKA Moscow 6-3 aggregate. Arsenal will now face Atletico Madrid for a ticket in the final billed to take place in Lyon in May.
Arsene Wenger will likely make some changes to his starting XI for the trip to St James’ Park. The injury to Henrikh Mkhitaryan means that either Danny Welbeck or Alex Iwobi will take his place in the starting line-up depending on how the coach wants to set-up his team.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (knee) is out injured until the end of the season, David Ospina suffered an ankle injury in training and won’t be available for the next three weeks. Santi Cazorla (Achilles) has been out since the beginning of the season and will not kick a ball until some time next year.
Islam Slimani is finally fit following an injury-hit loan spell and could start for Newcastle.
Possible starting line-ups:
Newcastle: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Shelvey, Diame; Ritchie, Perez, Kenedy; Slimani.
Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Wilshere; Ozil, Ramsey, Welbeck; Aubameyang.
Newcastle United will host Arsenal at St. James’ Park with kick-off scheduled for 1.30pm on Sunday, April 15.