Newcastle United take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium tonight, with Steve Bruce under huge pressure to deliver a positive result.

The Magpies are slipping ever closer to the relegation zone having gone six games without victory in the Premier League.

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At the moment the club have taken 19 points from 17 games and are seven points clear of Fulham in 18th.

Tonight’s game is huge after the dismal performance and result against Sheffield United last week, which led to the loudest calls yet for Bruce to be removed as manager.

It’s also a chance to get even with Arsenal, who dumped Newcastle out of the FA Cup.

On social media, some Newcastle fans have been reacting to the starting XI that Bruce has named for the crunch clash.

It appears the five-man defence system has been ditched, with Jamaal Lascelles partnering Ciaran Clark at the back, with Emile Krafth and Jamal Lewis as traditional full-backs.

Jonjo Shelvey and Matty Longstaff are in midfield, and there are starts for big-money signings Joelinton and Miguel Almiron, with Andy Carroll partnering Callum Wilson up top.

While there were still plenty of fans unhappy, Bruce’s selections have some fans cautiously optimistic:

 

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