Arsenal will take on Newcastle at the St James Park on Saturday for their 4th Premier League game of the season.
Quite a number of Arsenal players are expected to be missing for the clash against Steve McClaren’s side, with Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere ruled out for the match, while Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are major doubts for the game.
Arsene Wenger provided team news update ahead of the match.
The Striker has been missing in action since the 0-0 draw against Chelsea last season, and he is set to miss yet another game this weekend. Though Wenger gave positive news regarding his situation “Danny Welbeck is progressing well. He should be available, if all goes well, after the international break” he said.
The injury prone midfielder is still recovering from a hairline fracture on his ankle, and should be back in training after the international break according to Wenger “Jack Wilshere is just behind Welbeck, maybe one week after the international break he will certainly come back into full training”
Mertesacker and Koscielny
Wenger might be without his two first choice center backs Mertesacker and Koscielny who missed the Liverpool game with an illness and back injury respectively.
He revealed that Koscielny would have a test, while Mertesacker might miss the game. “Mertesacker is still sick and we will know more about Koscielny today. He might have a test on his back today and I will certainly know more tomorrow morning. The less likely to be fit is Mertesacker”.
Though on evidence of Gabriel Paulista and Callum Chambers performance against Liverpool, there is no cause for worry against a weaker Newcastle side.
Check out how we expect the Gunners to line-up against the Magpies.
We have also predicted how McClaren would line-up his side against Arsenal.