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Apr 15, 2018 at 1.30pm UK at ​St James' Park
Attendance: 52,210
NewcastleNewcastle United
2-1
Arsenal
Perez (29'), Ritchie (68')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Lacazette (14')

Team News: Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang paired together

Team News: Lacazette, Aubameyang paired together
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Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both handed starts as Arsenal take on Newcastle United.

Arsene Wenger has included Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in Arsenal's starting lineup for this afternoon's Premier League meeting with Newcastle United.

There is also a top-flight debut for young midfielder Joe Willock, who comes in as one of six changes from the 2-2 draw with CSKA Moscow on Thursday evening.

Calum Chambers and Rob Holding replace Hector Bellerin and Laurent Koscielny in the backline at St James' Park, while Granit Xhaka has recovered from illness to feature from the off.

The other player to return from the draw in Russia is winger Alex Iwobi, with Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey all missing out entirely.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has once again gone with an unchanged XI, meanwhile, meaning a start up top for Dwight Gayle, just off attacking midfielder Ayoze Perez.

There is also a place among the subs for Islam Slimani after being ineligible to feature against parent club Leicester City last weekend.

The Magpies have lost their last 10 league games against Arsenal.

Newcastle United: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Kenedy, Shelvey, Diame, Ritchie; Perez; Gayle
Subs: Darlow, Clark, Murphy, Slimani, Hayden, Manquillo, Joselu

Arsenal: Cech; Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal; Elneny, Willock, Xhaka; Iwobi, Aubameyang; Lacazette
Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Nelson, Nketiah

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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