Arsene Wenger has delivered good news and bad news on the Arsenal injuries front, ahead of the game at St. James’ Park.
The Gunners’ boss says that Mathieu Debuchy definitely won’t be facing his old club and will need another three weeks before reaching full fitness, with Wenger envisaging a similar return for Mikel Arteta sometime in April.
Debuchy has only played ten Premier League matches since leaving Newcastle and followed up a bad ankle injury by damaging his shoulder soon after his first team return.
However, Tomas Rosicky should be available to face Newcastle after missing three matches through illness.
The Czech midfielder has invariably put in very godod displays against Newcastle but judging by some of the football Arsenal have played in their last few matches, he faces stiff competition to get a start on Saturday.