PREMIER LEAGUE: ARSENAL DUO RULED OUT

Two Arsenal players will miss the Premier League clash with Newcastle United on Saturday after the latest injury news released by the North Londoners earlier this week. It was revealed that both Granit Xhaka and SeadKolasinac will miss the game due to respectiveinjuries.

Swiss international Xhaka sustained a knee injury during the Premier League duel with Tottenham Hotspur in the North London Derby in September and he has not played any game since then. Xhaka has enjoyed rapid recovery from the knee injury and the target is for him to return to full Arsenal training next month.

On his part, Bosnian left-backKolasinac has been out of the contention since he was subbed off the World Cup 2022 qualifying clash with Finland earlier this month. The update on his injury via the Arsenal statement revealed that the player is hoping to return to full training in January.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been very fortunate with the few injuries witnessed in North London this season. Only two of his players are not fit for the visit of Newcastle United as revealed earlier.

Ahead of the home encounter with Newcastle United in the league this term, Arsenal have a very good recent record. The Gunners have won their last nine meetings with Newcastle United. Their latest meeting with the Magpies will give the North Londoners the chance to bounce back after their last game ended in a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

The Gunners lost their impressive run of ten games without defeat to hosts Liverpool in the Premier League last weekend. Title contenders Liverpool got their goals through Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Japanese substitute Takumi Minamino. For Newcastle United, they are without a win in twelve (12) league games this season ahead of the trip to face Arsenal.

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