Mikel Arteta is just the second Arsenal manager to win only one of his first seven league games in charge, after Steve Burtenshaw in 1986.


Arsenal could welcome back several players, with defender Sead Kolasinac and midfielder Reiss Nelson in contention following thigh injuries.

New signing Cedric Soares, who arrived from Southampton with a knee issue, will not return to full training until the end of February.

Newcastle are still missing a raft of senior players, although Joelinton and Miguel Almiron are expected to return.

Yoshinori Muto and Dwight Gayle will be assessed but Andy Carroll remains out.