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Arsenal Not The Only Side In Injury Crisis As Newcastle Defence Ravaged

Both sides could field unrecognisable defences in their match at the Emirates on Saturday…

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Arsenal won’t be the only side facing a defensive crisis this weekend with Newcastle, their Premier League opponents on Saturday, also suffering from an injury hit squad, reports the Chronicle.

Newcastle will be without goalkeepers Tim Krul and Rob Elliot, full back Davide Santon with captain Fabricio Coloccini thought to be a major doubt for the Magpies trip to the Emirates. Steven Taylor is also suspended.

The news should have come as an early Christmas present to Arsene Wenger however the Arsenal boss faces a similarly precarious selection dilemma for his back-line.

Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal are confirmed out injured for Saturday with summer signing Calum Chambers also unavailable through suspension.

Mathieu Debuchy did prove a welcome return in midweek against Galatasaray after three months out with ankle ligament damage. The right back could start from the unusual position of central defence against his old side as Per Mertesacker remains the Gunners only recognised centre-back available.

Newcastle have been in good form after holding on to defeat Chelsea 2-1 last weekend with Alan Pardew picking up the Manager of the Month award for November. Arsenal, however, have proved continually inconsistent in a frustrating season for the North London side’s supporters.

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