Lascelles quite happy at Newcastle, says Benitez

Kenedy of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park

David Ospina has been ruled out for two to three weeks with an ankle injury sustained in training on Wednesday.

Mohamed Elneny is also available after winning an appeal against the red card he received against Southampton. Despite the highly-rated Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being available to play, the 27-year-old England global may be the first name on Arsene Wenger's team sheet to take on the Magpies.

With the Europa League providing the only realistic path to the Champions League, the Premier League may become less of a priority for Arsene Wenger, though he will be able to pick a strong team for this match, with Arsenal having a week to prepare before their next game.

If popular opinion were to be believed, Rafa Benitez would have walked out on Newcastle United at least four times this season.

Newcastle have shipped only 41 goals this season, a record bettered only by Burnley and the division's top-five sides. The striker has scored in his last four Premier League games for Arsenal and has 6 goals and an assist in seven games with the Gunners. Only against Man City (12, 2009-2015) have they had a longer losing streak in top-flight history. Wins over Southampton, Huddersfield and Leicester in succession leave the Magpies in 10th place.

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"Cup-tied in Europe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has taken to the Premier League nicely, and could score in a fifth successive game - against a club he almost joined, in a part of the world where he's made his mark before." . Nine of their 26 wins against the Magpies in the division have been by a single goal, including the last three.

The centre-back has been a mainstay in Newcastle's starting XI under Benitez and his impressive performances have led to British media reports linking him with a £30 million (S$56.1 million) transfer to Premier League rivals Chelsea.

"United have won their last three league games while the Gunners have actually lost their last four Premier League games on the road".

Another in-form Arsenal forward is Danny Welbeck.

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