Picking the Best Potential Newcastle United Lineup to Face Arsenal on Saturday

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As the first international break of the season concludes, the Premier League swings back into action this weekend as Newcastle United host Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.

Picking up from where the two sides left off before the break, both have greatly differing form coming into the game.

Whilst the visiting Gunners have recorded successive wins for the first time under new boss Unai Emery, the pressure cooker in the north-east of England has again reached boiling point after back-to-back losses – albeit against both ​Chelsea and ​Manchester City.

Having faced ​Tottenham Hotspur and also ​Cardiff City away – the Magpies’ only league point to date against the top flight newcomers – the task for Rafael Benitez’s men gets no easier this weekend, camped in the relegation zone with just a solitary point.

Here is the strongest potential lineup Magpies’ boss Benitez could name to face Arsenal on Saturday.

3. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Martin Dubravka (GK) – Despite Newcastle’ loss to Manchester City a fortnight ago, Dubravka again proved why he is the number one on Tynesdide, pulling out a string of fine saves, including a trio in the space of a few seconds.

Federico Fernandez (CB) – The Argentinean international has looked assured and impressive so far in defence, and will likely continue his role in the starting squad.

Jamaal Lascelles (CB) – After the birth of his first child, the captain will hope to help Newcastle get their first win of the season.

Fabian Schar (CB) – After impressing in the fixtures against both Iceland and England, the Swiss international may get the nod as the third centre back over Ciaran Clark.

DeAndre Yedlin (RB) – The defender continued his impressive start to the season by scoring against the Citizens and will play on the right of defence.

Paul Dummett (LB) – The Welsh left back ended his exile from the national team over the international break, and will hope to bring over his good form to St. James’ Park.

2. Midfielders

Jonjo Shelvey (CM) – After being left out of action for the hosts for the last few weeks, the Magpies’ hopes of getting a result this weekend will rest in large part on the shoulders of the former England international.

Ki Sung-yueng (CM) – The South Korean has been is likely to provide the pivot in central midfield once again. 

Kenedy (LM) – After missing many chances to make the difference for Newcastle this season, including a missed penalty shot against Cardiff, the Brazilian will hope to prove his worth against Arsenal.

Christian Atsu (RM) –  Seeing as Matt Ritchie will probably not be fit to start, Atsu will get his chance as pace could give the visitor’s back line a headache. 

1. Forwards

Salomon Rondon (CF) – Having yet to score a league goal for his new employers – but netting against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup last month – Rondon is set to start this weekend despite a late arrival back from Venezuela. 

Joselu is the alternative for Benitez in the forward line, but due to Arsenal’s inability to deal with a physical approach in the past, Rondon will likely be the man to lead the line.

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