Rafa Benitez reveals why he left Christian Atsu out of his Newcastle squad

Rafa Benitez has revealed why he left Christian Atsu out of his Newcastle United squad against Arsenal.

The winger wasn't involved in last weekend's 2-1 win over Arsene Wenger's side at St James's Park.

And Atsu won't feature against Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night,

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The 26-year-old has a minor knee problem and will be further assessed next week ahead of the April 28 home game against West Bromwich Albion.

United manager Benitez said: "Everything is fine. We have Atsu with a little problem, and we don’t want to take any risks at this stage."

Christian Atsu

Christian Atsu

Newcastle are 10th in the Premier League after four successive wins.

Benitez's side are a point behind ninth-placed Everton, where manager Sam Allardyce is under pressure.