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Confirmed line-ups: Arsenal vs Newcastle: Aubameyang & Martinelli start

By on January 9, 2021

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Arsenal will be looking to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup when we take on Newcastle at the Emirates this evening.

Mikel Arteta has made seven changes from the side that beat West Brom but it’s still a stronger than expected line-up. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starts – which is a huge shock – and he’s joined by Gabriel Martinelli in the Arsenal attack.

Nicolas Pepe and Willian also start with Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Alexandre Lacazette all dropping to the bench. Joe Willock partners Mo Elneny in midfield as Granit Xhaka drops to the bench while Dani Ceballos isn’t involved in the squad. There is also no place for Thomas Partey or Gabriel just yet.

David Luiz is recalled to start alongside Pablo Mari in defence while Cedric Soares and Kieran Tierney occupy the full-back positions. Bernd Leno retains his place in goal but unfortunately there is no place for young striker Folarin Balogun in the Arsenal squad today.

These are the teams:

Arsenal

Leno, Cedric, Luiz, Mari, Tierney, Elneny, Willock, Pepe, Willian, Martinelli, Aubameyang

Subs: Runarsson, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Saka, Nelson, Smith Rowe, Nketiah, Lacazette

Newcastle

Dubravka, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Hendrick, Almiron, Joelinton, Carroll

Subs: Gillespie, M Longstaff, Ritchie, Gayle, Yedlin, Murphy, Anderson

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