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Arsenal vs Newcastle United predictions: Arsenal Line-up

Arsenal are back in Premier League action against Newcastle United at the Emirates stadium on Monday night as Unai Emery looks to strengthen his team’s place in the top four.

The Gunners are fifth in the table and firmly in the race for the Premier League top four as well as are through to the Europa League quarter-finals where they’ll face Napoli. Emery will hope his team continues the good run of form of late by beating Newcastle.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are 13th in the table and need just a couple of wins to secure their top-flight status.

Team News

Aaron Ramsey pulled out of the Wales squad with injury but should be fit in time to face the Magpies. Nacho Monreal could also regain full fitness ahead of the game.

Lucas Torreira will continue serving his three-game ban for picking a straight red card in the north London derby earlier this month.

Probable Arsenal XI

Formation: 3-4-1-2

Manager: Unai Emery

Bernd Leno (GK)

Leno has made the no.1 position his own and should continue to be in goal for the Gunners.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (RCB)

A rock at the back, Sokratis has undoubtedly been Arsenal’s best defender this season.

Laurent Koscielny (CB)

Koscielny is a real leader and an excellent organiser of the backline. The veteran Frenchman will retain his place in the team.

Nacho Monreal (LCB)

Completing the back three should be Monreal, who will look to help Arsenal keep a clean-sheet.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (RWB)

Maitland-Niles was superb in the last two games and should get his chance at right-back against Newcastle.

Sead Kolasinac (LWB)

At left wing-back, Kolasinac is a different beast to handle as the Bosnian enjoys the freedom to get forward and create chances for the forwards.

Granit Xhaka (CM)

Xhaka has had some really good games lately and he’ll look to continue in the same manner.

Aaron Ramsey (CM)

Ramsey’s energy and work-rate remain unmatched, making the Gunners tick all over the pitch. He should keep his place besides Xhaka in central midfield.

Mesut Ozil (CAM)

Ozil is one of Europe’s best creative midfielders, although he hasn’t enjoyed a great season at the Emirates according to his standards. He’ll look to put in a solid performance to guide Arsenal past Newcastle on Monday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (RS)

The Gabonese has scored three goals in the last two games which certainly would have been of massive help going into this game.

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Alexandre Lacazette (LS)

Lacazette has proven his quality under Emery and should start up front with Aubameyang on Monday.

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Forget Koscielny – Arsenal’s defensive would be a lot stronger if they sign these 2 top-class stars instead

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Arsenal Opinion: 2 Laurent Koscielny replacements Emery must consider

According to a report from the Daily Star, Arsenal have named the asking price for their skipper Laurent Koscielny amidst interest from Borussia Dortmund.

The Frenchman, 33, has been at Arsenal since moving from FC Lorient in 2010, but with just one year left on his contract the club are looking to cash in on him. He has been struggling with injuries for some years now and he was limited to just 17 Premier League appearances last season.

A two-time FA Cup winner, Koscielny started the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku in May but ended up on the losing side on the night. However, despite his advancing years, recurrent injury problems and just one year left on his contract, the Gunners have set a price tag of £10.6m for their experienced defender.

The report claims that Borussia Dortmund are keen on striking a deal for Koscielny, who is seeking a new challenge. The Bundesliga club can offer the former France international Champions League football next season and he is tempted by the move to Germany.

As Arsenal are planning to offload Koscielny, Unai Emery needs to replace his skipper with a young, talented centre-half. The Gunners were defensively all over the place last season and with Koscielny nearing the end of his time at the Emirates, Emery has some big decisions to make over the summer.

That being said, here are two replacements for Koscielny Arsenal should consider this summer.

1. William Saliba (Saint-Etienne)

Saint-Etienne’s promising defender William Saliba is already on the radar of Arsenal, as per the Daily Mirror.

Saliba, 18, made 16 appearances for Saint-Etienne in his breakthrough season, helping Jean-Louis Gasset’s side to a fourth-place finish in Ligue 1. He is tall, strong, athletic and good on the ball. The young Frenchman reads the game very well and his positional awareness belie his age.

At the age of just 18, moving from Saint-Etienne to Arsenal would be a big step up for Saliba but given his displays in Ligue 1 this past season, he clearly has the ability to make it big at the Emirates.

2. Mario Hermoso (Espanyol)

Just like Saliba, Espanyol’s Mario Hermoso is also linked with a move to Arsenal this summer, according to the Express.

Hermoso, 23, has had a solid campaign for Espanyol and was even called up to the Spanish national team after his performances in recent times. A technically-gifted player, the Spaniard is extremely composed on the ball and can initiate attacks from the back. He is strong physically and doesn’t mind duels with centre-forwards.

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Good at reading the game, the 23-year-old is also a goal threat having scored three goals for Espanyol last season. Hermoso has a €40m release clause and Emery should just trigger it to add this solid defender to his ranks.

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Arsenal signing this 22-year-old who emerged from Celtic’s youth ranks for £26m would be a massive coup for Emery

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Arsenal Opinion: Why the Gunners should make a move for Kieran Tierney

According to a report from The Metro, Arsenal are one of the clubs interested in Celtic star Kieran Tierney.

The defender, 22, has graduated from Celtic’s youth ranks to establish himself as a star player in the team that has secured three consecutive domestic trebles. However, he was restricted to just 19 league appearances last season due to a number of injuries that kept him out for over two months from December to February. He also had a double hernia operation at the end of May.

But that has not stopped Kieran Tierney from attracting interest from a few European clubs, which includes the likes of Lyon, Manchester United and Barcelona. Keeping that in mind, Arsenal must do everything possible to sign the Scotsman from Celtic this summer.

Arsenal are yet to make any signings this summer so far. Unai Emery is keen to make new additions to his squad after his team missed out on Champions League football. The Spanish tactician’s aim will be to build a squad capable of challenging for silverware next season.

The Gunners manager’s priority has to be solving his defensive woes ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. Arsenal conceded over 50 goals in the Premier League which clearly tells it’s an area that needs thorough reinforcing.

They must lookout for left-back reinforcements, with Nacho Monreal entering the twilight years of his career and Sead Kolasinac being tipped for a surprise move to La Liga champions Barcelona.

Kieran Tierney would be a fantastic fit at the Emirates Stadium. He has long been viewed as one of the finest talents to emerge from Scotland over the course of the last decade. The 22-year-old broke into the Celtic side aged 17 and has already accumulated 170 first-team appearances and won 11 major trophies, including five league titles.

As such, Tierney’s fine form and room for growth have certainly seen the Scotland international linked with a move away from Celtic Park.

He is a solid, reliable defender, who is a left-back by trade but equally comfortable playing on the right, central defence and as a wing-back. A good crosser of the ball, the 22-year-old loves to play on the front foot and make overlapping runs.

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The Celtic star is a perfect modern-day full-back but with more defensive acumen than Sead Kolasinac, something that could tempt Emery to bring him at the Emirates. Tierney’s combination of attacking prowess and defensive intelligence means that he can slot straight into Emery’s team.

Verdict

From Arsenal’s point of view, it makes complete sense for them to be interested in Tierney. They could solve one of their biggest problems by bringing in a solid natural left-back in the Scotsman.

And for around £26m, the 22-year-old would represent a massive coup for Emery’s Arsenal.

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Arsenal’s midfield could be resurrected if they shell out £15m to sign this 22-year-old playmaking genius – Agreed?

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Arsenal Opinion: Why Nadiem Amiri would be a smart signing for Arsenal?

Another summer transfer window and Arsenal can forget big money signings, again. They have failed to qualify for the Champions League next season which means manager Unai Emery has just £45million to rebuild squad this summer.

The Gunners have already lost Aaron Ramsey to Juventus, with the 28-year-old signing for the Italian giants on a free transfer. That has left them with just three first-team midfield stars at their disposal and that isn’t enough for a team which aspires to compete for the Premier League title and other trophies next season.

Unai Emery needs to add at least a few new stars to his squad and while they will not be world-class options, the players should definitely possess quality and capable of making an instant impact. Finding quality players on a cheap won’t be easy but it does seem to be the best way forward for Arsenal at the moment.

The North London heavyweights were heavily linked with a move for Hoffenheim star, Nadiem Amiri, last season. A move didn’t happen then, but the Gunners must rekindle their interest and try signing the midfielder this summer.

Nadiem Amiri, 22, didn’t have the best of seasons in Hoffenheim colours due to injury problems. He managed just 13 Bundesliga outings, scoring three goals and assisting once. Despite spent majority of the 2018/19 on the sidelines, Arsenal making a move for Amiri now would help them hit new heights in the near future.

Amiri will be highly attainable for Emery and Arsenal, as The Sun claims that the playmaker has a £15million release clause in his current contract. The 22-year-old is a creative playmaker by trade but he can play in various positions across the midfield as per the manager’s requirement. Thus, he’ll provide flexibility to Emery and could be the perfect replacement for the departed Ramsey.

The former Germany youth international has fantastic vision which makes him tailor-made for the no.10 role from where he creates chances for his teammates. He likes to create his own space in midfield and take dangerous positions in the attacking third. Amiri works really hard off the ball and his defensive contributions can match his attacking potential in games.

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The 22-year-old has good stamina and speed, using it very intelligently over the course of the season. He has impressive concentration and ability to distribute the ball with ease, and would suit Emery’s style of play at the Emirates.

Verdict

Nadiem Amiri may not be the superstar that Arsenal fans may demand from the club but he’s someone with the potential to become that. With a little time and the right guidance, the 22-year-old can go a long way.

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