Arsenal boss Unai Emery will hand his players extra fitness sessions over the weekend before deciding on his XI for Monday. Victory on Monday over Newcastle would give Arsenal a 10th successive home league victory, equalling a run they last enjoyed in the 1997-98 season in Arsene Wenger’s first full campaign as manager.
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Granit Xhaka will be handed a late fitness test before the visit of Newcastle to the Emirates Stadium on Monday. Lucas Torreira is suspended, but Aaron Ramsey and Dinos Mavropanos are both expected to be passed fit. “We trained (on Friday) morning and some players were rested to give them one day more before training with us (on Saturday),” said Emery.
“That’s Aaron Ramsey, Dinos Mavropanos. But they can be okay and ready for Monday. “Xhaka also rested and we are going to wait for (Saturday) and Sunday. But the first previews from the doctor’s analysis is that they can be okay to play on Monday.”