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Mikel Arteta hints at how he’ll exchange Gabriel and Rob Holding vs Newcastle

Mikel Arteta is short of defensive options for Monday's must-win game against Newcastle
Mikel Arteta is wanting defensive choices for Monday’s must-win sport towards Newcastle (Image: Arsenal)

Mikel Arteta has hinted he must drop both Granit Xhaka or Mohamed Elneny into an unfamiliar defensive function to deal with a mounting participant scarcity forward of Monday’s must-win sport towards Newcastle.

Ben White has missed the final three video games with a hamstring harm however wasn’t risked on Thursday, regardless of being match sufficient tot make the bench, towards Tottenham because the Gunners slipped to a dangerous 3-Zero defeat.

Rob Holding’s dismissal means he is suspended for the journey to St James’ Park, whereas Gabriel’s hamstring pressure compounded Arsenal’s distress at Tottenha, and has left Arteta with no single totally match senior central defender.

Arsenal will be without the suspended Rob Holding against Newcastle on Monday
Arsenal can be with out the suspended Rob Holding towards Newcastle on Monday (Image: Getty)

Each Xhaka and Elneny have performed at centre-half earlier than, however often within the 3-4-Three system that Arteta has shied away from implementing since his first season in cost.

Teen Zak Swanson, like White, was an unused substitute in midweek however Arteta admitted it will be too massive a danger to press the 21-year-old into emergency motion towards Newcastle.

Requested how Arsenal had been prone to line-up in defence towards the Magpies, Arteta mentioned: ‘Good query. I’ll know most likely extra tomorrow.

‘We wish to lengthen this era as a lot as potential to grasp how they’re recovering, how they’re feeling, assess them and tomorrow we are going to know extra about how they’re.

‘We must modify sure positions to to attempt to make it work as a result of we don’t have extra defenders.

‘And though we now have academy defenders they haven’t skilled so much these positions as a result of they don’t seem to be specified central defenders. It’s one thing that we are going to attempt to discover a approach.’

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Pressed for an updates on Gabriel and White, Arteta added: ‘I may however I’d most likely be telling you no matter. Tomorrow it is going to be the day properly we now have higher solutions.’

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