Newcastle United v Arsenal Team News
DeAndre Yedlin has been ruled out of Newcastle United’s Premier League opener against Arsenal this weekend with new signing Emil Krafth in line to play.
Magpies boss Steve Bruce has confirmed American international Yedlin, who underwent an operation to cure a groin problem this summer, has not made enough progress in training this week.
He, therefore is unavailable but Krafth, signed from Amiens this week in a £5million deal, does look set to be one of several exciting newcomers to feature against the Gunners.
Bruce described the Sweden international as “an experienced player who has been on the radar for some time” as he spoke to the media at Darsley Park on Friday morning.
“He’ll bring us the experience and know-how that any team needs,” Bruce added.
The Magpies boss was not giving much away over his team news but did reveal that fellow summer signings Jetro Willems and Allen Saint-Maximin only arrived last Friday. Therefore it seems a big ask for those two to be up to speed in time to face the Gunners.
Bruce has been forced to trim his squad down and will tell five players they will not be getting a squad number later on Friday when the 25-man list is submitted to the Premier League.
Andy Carroll, signed on a free on Thursday as he returns to his first club, will be in his squad for the season but will not be involved on Sunday as the former Liverpool and West Ham striker starts the season still injured after an ankle operation.
Steve Bruce on Allan Saint-Max: “I think I’m going to have some fun & games. You only have to meet him once and you think ‘aye, aye, he’s not your normal one’. He’s eccentric on and off the pitch. There’s times I think ‘does he know what he’s doing?’ but he’s got natural flair.”
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 9, 2019
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is expected to hand a Premier League bow to record signing Nicolas Pepe, although he was fairly non-committal on the subject during his press conference.
The ex-Lille star is regaining full match fitness following his late return from African Cup of Nations duty, with Emery yet to decide if he starts at St James’ Park. Pepe joined the Gunners this summer in what could eventually be a club-record £72million deal, and he will hope to help fire Emery’s side back into the top four this season.
Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette has an issue with his right ankle and will continue to be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match.
Mohamed Elneny is in a similar situation to Pepe as he strives for full match fitness following his late return from the African Cup of Nations and may also miss out on the opening weekend.
Hector Bellerin (knee), Rob Holding (knee), Dinos Mavropanos (groin) and Emile Smith Rowe (groin) are progressing well but remain out of contention to face the Magpies.