Arsenal suffer defensive crisis days before crucial Newcastle United clash

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Arsenal left the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with no points and a defensive crisis ahead of their trip to Newcastle United on Monday.

Arsenal have suffered a defensive crisis ahead of Monday night’s clash with Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

The Gunners started Thursday’s 3-0 North London derby defeat to Tottenham Hotspur with Rob Holding and Gabriel in central defence.

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However, neither completed the game after Holding was sent off on 33 minutes for a second yellow.

Gabriel, meanwhile, limped off in the remaining quarter of an hour with a hamstring problem.

Mikel Arteta’s side ended a miserable evening with a centre-back pairing consisting of recognised full-backs Cedric Soares and Takehiro Tomiyasu.

A brace from Harry Kane and a goal from Son Heung-Min fired Spurs to within a point of 4th place Arsenal, ensuring the race for Champions League qualification is wide open with two games left to play.

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Ben White was on the bench for the Gunners at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but wasn’t risked with the England international nursing a hamstring issue.

Should White return in time to play against Newcastle, Arteta still faces fielding at least one makeshift central defender.

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