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Newcastle: It’s quite a gung-ho line-up from Steve Bruce, who starts with a classic … er, Big Man-Big Man partnership of Andy Carroll and Joelinton up front.
Having been passed fit by the doctors after recovering from a bad dose of Covid-19, Jamaal Lascelles is back in the side and will wear the captain’s armband.
Arsenal: There’s no place for Runar Runarsson in goal for Arsernal, following the error he made when given a chance against Manchester City in the League Cup. He’s on the bench, with Bernd Leno starting between the sticks.
Mikel Arteta does make seven changes, affording some of the senior players who have let him so down badly this season an opportunity to redeem themselves, while giving other fringe players a run-out.