Rafa Benitez names unchanged Newcastle side as Arsenal field an 18-year-old debutant

Rafa Benitez has again named an unchanged Newcastle United starting XI.

Sunday, 15th April 2018, 12:32 pm
Updated Sunday, 15th April 2018, 12:46 pm
Ayoze Perez and Joselu (Pic: Stephen Dobson)

Rafa Benitez's side take on Arsenal looking to secure their Premier League status for another season (1.30pm kick-off).

The club, which has won its last three games, is just two points short of Benitez's 40-point target.

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United manager Benitez has named the same team for the fourth successive game.

On-loan striker Islam Slimani, ineligible for last weekend's win over his parent club Leicester City, is recalled to the bench.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, has handed a Premier League debut to 18-year-old midfielder Joe Willock.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Shelvey, Diame; Ritchie, Perez, Kenedy; Gayle. Subs: Darlow, Clark, Manquillo, Hayden, Murphy, Slimani, Joselu.

Rafa Benitez (Pic: Stephen Dobson)

ARSENAL: Cech, Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal, Elneny, Xhaka, Iwobi, Willock, Aubameyang, Lacazette. Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Nelson, Nketiah.

Rafa Benitez (Pic: Stephen Dobson)