Liam Kennedy’s Newcastle United XI at Arsenal - with THREE key changes

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Liam Kennedy has picked his Newcastle United team to face Arsenal - and he’s thrown in some surprise selections.

With Eddie Howe back in the dugout will Newcastle United finally break their Premier League duck?

Well, Arsenal stand in their way, and the Gunners have demons of their own. They’ll be keen to erase all memory of their 4-0 hammering against Liverpool last weekend.

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A promising (ish) start in Howe’s absence last week saw United notch a 3-3 draw with Brentford, but it was not the elusive three points all Geordies are craving.

Here Liam Kennedy takes a look at the team he thinks has the best chance of securing an Emirates win.

Goalkeeper: Martin Dubravka

He might not be 100% match fit, but surely now is the time for the Slovakian international to return?He might not be 100% match fit, but surely now is the time for the Slovakian international to return?
He might not be 100% match fit, but surely now is the time for the Slovakian international to return? | Getty Images

Right centre-back: Fabian Schar

Get his mind right, and tighten up the team around him - Schar can be a star in this United backline. Very much looked like a player who’d barely played a game in 12 months last time out. Get his mind right, and tighten up the team around him - Schar can be a star in this United backline. Very much looked like a player who’d barely played a game in 12 months last time out.
Get his mind right, and tighten up the team around him - Schar can be a star in this United backline. Very much looked like a player who’d barely played a game in 12 months last time out. | Getty Images

Centre-back: Federico Fernandez

Inexplicably left out of the matchday squad by Graeme Jones, he needs to return - and pronto.Inexplicably left out of the matchday squad by Graeme Jones, he needs to return - and pronto.
Inexplicably left out of the matchday squad by Graeme Jones, he needs to return - and pronto. | Getty Images

Left centre-back: Ciaran Clark

Best of a bad bunch defensively? It’s hard to tell when a lot of the worst defending comes from that left-hand side. Never has a team needed a Paul Dummett so badly.Best of a bad bunch defensively? It’s hard to tell when a lot of the worst defending comes from that left-hand side. Never has a team needed a Paul Dummett so badly.
Best of a bad bunch defensively? It’s hard to tell when a lot of the worst defending comes from that left-hand side. Never has a team needed a Paul Dummett so badly. | Getty Images

Right wing-back: Javier Manquillo

Central midfield: Jonjo Shelvey

Central midfield: Joe Willock

Left wing-back: Matt Ritchie

Right forward: Joelinton

Forward: Callum Wilson

Left forward: Allan Saint-Maximin

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