Tomiyasu changes position as £7m player comes in


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Here is our predicted Arsenal lineup as Mikel Arteta takes his side to face Newcastle United at St James’ Park tonight.

Arsenal lost 3-0 at bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday night before then seeing Spurs beat Burnley 1-0 on Sunday.

Those results have taken Tottenham ahead of Arsenal in the race for the top four and the Gunners simply have to respond.

Arsenal need to grab all three points and put their fate in their own hands on the final day of the season.

That won’t be easy against a resurgent Newcastle side, especially as they play their final home game of the campaign.

Arteta may need to consider some changes tonight and Arteta has some tough decisions to make.

Predicted Arsenal lineup v Newcastle United

Aaron Ramsdale’s form has been a little up and down in 2022 but it’s unlikely that he will lose his place to Bernd Leno.

Ramsdale is likely to start in goal but the back line ahead of him is a little less clear.

Ben White should be back in the side after only being on the bench against Tottenham on Thursday.

Rob Holding is suspended after his red card against Tottenham so will miss out, with White coming into the side.

Gabriel Magalhaes looks a doubt for the game and that may mean that Takehiro Tomiyasu shifts inside to play as a centre back.

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That would leave Cedric Soares at right back and £7m summer signing Nuno Tavares at left back with Arsenal suffering a number of defensive absences.

Granit Xhaka is candidate to play at the back if White isn’t fit, but we’ll back him for a midfield role for now.

Mohamed Elneny looks likely to join Xhaka in midfield with Martin Odegaard as the most advanced midfielder.

Eddie Nketiah should lead the line again thanks to his fine form, with Bukayo Saka on the right and Gabriel Martinelli on the left.

That would leave the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Emile Smith Rowe on the Arsenal bench.

Predicted Arsenal lineup: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Tomiyasu, Tavares; Xhaka, Elneny; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Nketiah.

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