Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who forced a Coloccini own goal in the reverse fixture back in August retains his starting spot while Joel Campbell stays on the bench.
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud.
Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Gibbs, Chambers, Campbell, Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide.
Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaar, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Tiote, Colback, Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic.
Subs: Darlow, Mbabu, Lascelles, Gouffran, Thauvin, de Jong, Toney.
So, from the match preview I only got 10 of 11 (17 of 18 amongst the suited up players)…Ah well, so it goes… 😀
On the Newcastle side, Rob Elliot has recovered from illness to take the goalkeeper’s gloves for the Toon which should give them a lift. Chiek Tiote comes in for injured Vernon Anita as the midfield fulcrum man. McClaren going for both Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic is a “go for it” sort of statement which doesn’t leave a lot of attacking talent on the subs bench beyond Thauvin and Gouffran.
It’s a similar situation on our side, with only Campbell (and Gibbs, I guess) as an attacking option who has actually scored for the first team. This is a serious squad Wenger has put out today, and one which needs to get on top of the Magpies early to secure the full points.
Go on you Gunners, I say!!
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