Rafa Benitez has one big decision to make ahead of Newcastle’s game with Arsenal.
The Magpies head to the Emirates for Monday Night Football, and Benitez confirmed ahead of the game that everyone is fit bar Sean Longstaff.
Fabian Schar is still suspended, but Jamaal Lascelles is back in contention after missing the 2-2 draw at Bournemouth.
So who should Benitez pick, and should there be any other changes to his side?
Lascelles in, Fernandez out
Fernandez took the captain’s place at Bournemouth last time out, but didn’t look his best. Fernandez hadn’t played for a while and it showed.
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With Lascelles available once again, he should return to the centre of Benitez’s back three. The 25-year-old is much more mobile than Fernandez, which could be important against Arsenal’s free-flowing attack.
The return of Lascelles will mean Paul Dummett losing the captain’s armband, but he should still start as the left centre-back.
No change in the middle
Mo Diame and Isaac Hayden started at Bournemouth, and they should continue against the Gunners.
We won’t see as much of the ball and need midfielders who can get around the pitch and disrupt play. Diame and Hayden can do exactly that.
If we need a goal or actually look like we can control possession, then Jonjo Shelvey is a great option off the bench.
We’ve all seen Miguel Almiron’s horror challenge against Mexico.
He received a straight red card, and rightfully so. While he didn’t return to training until Friday, Almiron should still start at the Emirates.
His pace will terrify an often shaky Arsenal defence.
Predicted lineup to face Arsenal: Dubravka; Lejeune, Lascelles, Dummett; Yedlin, Diame, Hayden, Ritchie; Almiron, Perez, Rondon.