Tottenham Hotspur’s loss to Liverpool yesterday means Arsenal can leapfrog their rivals into third place with victory over Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium tonight.
Only a point separates third and sixth right now as the battle for a Champions League spot has become congested.
Those definitely ruled out of tonight's game are the injured trio of Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin, while Lucas Torreira is serving a domestic ban.
Emery has been successful with playing three at the back in recent games, so expect the same system against the Magpies.
Sokratis and Nacho Monreal were in full training over the weekend so are set to line up either side of captain Laurent Koscielny in a back three.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac have proven to be effective wing-backs on either flank, as both Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka picked up injuries during the international period.
Although Emery was confident that Xhaka would be fit, so expect him to start as his ability to dictate and control the tempo of the play will be key for Arsenal against a stubborn Newcastle side.
In attack, Emery must decide whether to pair Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack or drop one to go with a lone striker and two attacking midfielders in support.
Expect a front two with Mesut Ozil operating in his favoured number 10 role and that allows Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Alex Iwobi to change the game from the bench if needed.
Arsenal vs Newcastle Pre Match Insights
- Arsenal have won their last six home Premier League games against Newcastle United, scoring 18 goals and conceding just five.
- Newcastle have lost 11 of their last 12 Premier League matches against Arsenal, winning the other 2-1 at James’ Park last season.
- Only against Manchester United (28) have Newcastle lost more Premier League games than against Arsenal (27).
- Arsenal have won all six of their home league matches in 2019 and are one of only three of the 92 English league clubs yet to drop a home point this calendar year, along with Manchester City and Sheffield United.
- This will be Newcastle’s 15th consecutive Premier League game on a Monday away from home – of the previous 14, they’ve won two, drawn one and lost 11.
Arsenal vs Newcastle Line Ups
Arsenal (3-4-1-2) Line Up
Newcastle (3-4-3) Line Up
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