Arsenal: What's next for Ozil as clubs circle?
Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey could return for the start of the club’s FA Cup defence at home to Newcastle. The summer signing suffered a thigh injury in the 2-0 defeat to Tottenham last month, but has recovered fully and will be assessed. Defender Gabriel remains out after he previously tested positive for Covid-19 and is yet to return to training while Mesut Ozil, who has not played for 10 months, is available, although he is not expected to feature.
Newcastle are unlikely to risk Jamaal Lascelles despite being given the all-clear to return to action by club medics following a period with coronavirus.
Allan Saint-Maximin is back on Tyneside after also recovering from the virus, but is yet to resume training and remains sidelined.
Steve Bruce has suggested he will make changes with Martin Dubravka set to replace Karl Darlow in goal, but Jamal Lewis (knee) and Ryan Fraser (groin) will miss out.
What time does Arsenal vs Newcastle kick-off?
The tie at the Emirates Stadium kicks off at 5.30pm GMT on Saturday, January 9.
What TV channel is Arsenal vs Newcastle on?
The FA Cup clash will be televised live on BBC One in the UK.
How to live stream Arsenal vs Newcastle?
Fans can live stream the action by downloading the iPlayer app or by visiting the BBC website.
What has been said?
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “It was a beautiful day [winning the FA Cup].
“The last game of the season and everybody take off after that.
“It was a really difficult end to the year with all the Covid-19 situation we have in place, so obviously it was great to finish the season on a high.
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“We will go after every competition. We are the holders, we have to defend that title and we know how it means to the football club and the history that is related to the FA Cup, so it is a great competition for us to play.”
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce: “I think it devalues the FA Cup [fielding youth teams].
“We understand the restrictions, the season has been squashed and there is no room for anything else.
“(But) to play weakened teams and your youth team is not the way round it for me, personally.”
Arsenal vs Newcastle match officials
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistant Referees: Dan Cook and Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: Gavin Ward
VAR: Andre Marriner
AVAR: Neil Davies
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