Newcastle currently have no injuries and are bottom of the PL injury table as published by Physioroom.com.
We are the only team that have no injuries, and that’s a massive difference since Rafa arrived to manage Newcastle.
It’s only one of the many improvements Rafa has made in a short two years at the club.
So Rafa can start loan player Islam Slimani on Sunday, and given Dwight Gayle’s lack of goals recently he could do that in the tough game against Arsenal.
The rest of the side picks itself, and it will be interesting to see how Islam plays and how he partners with the in-form Ayoze Perez.
Islam Slimani – to start on Sunday?
Arsenal should be tired after playing at CSKA Moscow last night in the quarter-finals of the Europa League where they drew 2-2 to go through to the semi-finals 6-3 on aggregate.
With Newcastle in excellent form at the moment, it could be a good time to beat Arsenal for the first time since Andy Carroll got the winner with a header back on November 6th, 2010 at the Emirates Stadium, when we won 1-0.
Since then in 12 league games against Arsenal, we have lost ten and drawn only two – including the amazing 4-4 draw in February 2011 at home.
Here’s the team Rafa could start on Sunday:
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Lejeune Dummett
Ritchie Diame Shelvey Kenedy
Newcastle are a team in form, and 3 points on Sunday should (virtually) guarantee us safety in the Premier League.
We would be on 41 points from 33 games played and would have every right to celebrate after the game.
What do you think?