Newcastle vs Arsenal
When the Premier League restarts this weekend after the international break, Newcastle United take on Arsenal.
Arsenal will arrive at St James’ Park on the back of a 3-2 win at Cardiff last time out.
Indeed, the Gunners have won their last two matches on the spin.
Newcastle have yet to win a match this season.
The Magpies only have one point on the board after four Premier League matches.
Newcastle have lost their last three successive games.
Jonjo Shelvey & Matt Ritchie
Two of Newcastle’s most important player could return to action against Arsenal.
Those players are midfielders Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie.
Shelvey has been sidelined with a thigh injury, while Ritchie has been out with a knee problem.
Rafa Benitez has revealed the following update on the two Magpies:
We have had Jonjo training, and Ritchie still with the physio, but they are pushing.
These two are the kind of players, that you have to stop them, because they want to play and they are working really, really hard to be there.
Still, we have some time, but at least Jonjo was training.
If we don’t have any problems he can be there (against Arsenal).
It’s too soon to say ‘yes’ but I am quite optimistic.
Benitez says Shelvey [thigh] and Ritchie [knee] are "pushing" to be fit for the game with Arsenal on Saturday. “We have had Jonjo training, and [Matt] is still with the physio, but they're working really, really hard. It’s too soon to say ‘yes’, but I am quite optimistic.” #NUFC pic.twitter.com/TRb1cEk20S
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) September 11, 2018
Newcastle & Arsenal injuries
Florian Lejeune remains a long term absentee for Newcastle. The centre-half is likely to miss the majority of the season with a knee injury.
Arsenal also have their own share of long term injury concerns.
Those players include Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Laurent Koscielny and Sead Kolasinac.