Arsenal vs Newcastle United early injury news as eight ruled out & seven doubts after worrying photo

A look at the latest injury news surrounding Arsenal and Newcastle United ahead of Saturday's Premier League meeting.

Newcastle United take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night (kick-off 8pm) having played out a feisty affair with the Gunners back in November.

Eddie Howe's men beat Arsenal 1-0 at St James' Park but the game was etched in controversy after the Premier League's Independent Key Match Incidents Panel ruled that Anthony Gordon's winning goal was right to stand - but pointed out two missed red cards.

Gordon’s 64th-minute strike was subjected to three separate VAR checks. The first check was to see if Joe Willock had kept the ball in play in the build-up, the second was to whether Joelinton had fouled Gabriel and the third was for an offside on Gordon.

Neither referee Stuart Attwell nor VAR official Andy Madley could find any conclusive evidence to disallow the goal. Mikel Arteta branded the decision an "absolute disgrace" while the Gunners issued a statement 24 hours later backing their manager.

The Premier League's Independent Key Match Incidents Panel is made up of five members, including three former players and/or coaches, plus one representative each from the Premier League and PGMOL.

And their findings, as documented by ESPN, said on a 4-1 vote that "although Joelinton does have his hands on Gabriel, there isn't enough to award a foul as Gabriel had made an action to play the ball before any contact". For the possible 'ball out of play' and 'possible offside' check, the panel stated there wasn't enough proof to disallow the goal on the two factual offences.

Despite Arsenal's outrage, the panel was unanimous that the visitors were lucky to keep 11 men on the field when Kai Havertz flew into a tackle on Sean Longstaff in the first half. They deemed "it was "a very dangerous challenge and the type of tackle that needs to be eradicated".

But Newcastle also got away with one with three members of the panel believing that Guimaraes should have been sent off moments later for striking Jorginho's head with his forearm. The Brazilian was shown his fifth yellow card of the season in the latter stages and missed the 2-0 defeat away to AFC Bournemouth a week later.

Heading into the game this time around, Arsenal are locked in a Premier League title race with Liverpool and Manchester City, while Newcastle sit 12 points off the top four, although their aim now is likely to be a top seven finish rather than unrealistically chase the Champions League positions.

Here's the latest injury news from both camps. Arteta's side play Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday before hosting the Magpies.

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