The international break is in full swing. Several Arsenal players are currently with their national teams for the last time this season.
Those who have not yet traveled to international deployment are in Dubai. Unai Emery has brought a 23-member hot weather squad in the United Arab Emirates.
Arsenal will attend Al Nasr Club on Tuesday for the official opening of the new Al Maktoum Stadium on Tuesday before returning to the UK. There they will compete at London Colney with teammates traveling with their national teams.
The Premier League starts then on the weekend. The Emery team has to wait until Monday evening to compete in the Emirates against Newcastle United.
As the battle for the top four is so close, every game is crucial for Arsenal – and Emery hopes that all players who are currently overseas will face Rafa Benitez.
Aaron Ramsey had to leave the Wales camp with a thigh injury, which he missed the games against Trinidad and Tobago and Slovakia.
However, the injury is not considered too serious and Arsenal is confident that the midfielder will play Newcastle.
Meanwhile, Sokratis and Sead Kolasinac are also injured. The Greek central defender missed the match against Liechtenstein and the left-back defeated Bonsia 2-1 against Armenia.
Both, however, have stayed with their national teams and are expected to see their two nations meet on Tuesday night before returning to London.
Bosnia coach Robert Prosinecki said: "Sead came into the game with a shoulder injury so I decided to rest him and we wanted to save him for the Greece game."
Elsewhere, Nacho Monreal struggles with a calf problem in which he missed the training camp in Dubai.
Arsenal released a statement on Friday announcing that the veteran Leftman had remained in England for treatment, but that was only a precautionary measure.
Others, but Emery's team is in good shape. Danny Welbeck is in Dubai, training a bit with his team-mates, but is not close to returning from the broken ankle he suffered last year.
Expected XI vs Newcastle: Leno, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
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