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

Ayoze Perez and Joselu (Pic: Stephen Dobson)
Ayoze Perez and Joselu (Pic: Stephen Dobson)

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

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.

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.

Rafa Benitez (Pic: Stephen Dobson)

Rafa Benitez (Pic: Stephen Dobson)

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

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