‘Awful… No Torreira or Martinelli’ – These Arsenal fans react to Arteta’s lineup vs Newcastle

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Mikel Arteta has made three changes to Arsenal’s last Premier League lineup ahead of today’s clash against Newcastle United.

Bernd Leno and the Arsenal defence remain unchanged. Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos partners Granit Xhaka in central midfield, with ace Mateo Guendouzi not part of the matchday squad.

Last summer’s marquee signing Nicolas Pepe comes into the starting lineup for wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the other wing it looks as though academy graduate Eddie Nketiah is leading the forward line for the Gunners.

It appears as though Arteta has dropped Alexandre Lacazette after a run of unconvincing performances.

Check out the Gunners’ lineup below:

Some fans are concerned with the decisions to leave combative midfielder Lucas Torreira on the bench, as well as lightning-fast forward Gabriel Martinelli – one of Arsenal’s few bright sparks this season.

Here’s what some Arsenal fans think of Arteta’s teamsheet:

This afternoon’s encounter is a clash between the sides in 11th and 12th in the Premier League, the Gunners are 8 points off fifth-placed Sheffield United and need a win to start mounting a serious challenge for a Champions League spot.

With Manchester City banned from UEFA club competitions (Champions League and Europa League), as per Sky News, a UCL spot could filter down to the side that finish fifth in the top-flight.

With Arsenal’s rivals, Manchester United and Chelsea playing each other tomorrow night, today is a massive opportunity for the Gunners to make up some ground in their race for a top six spot.

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