Asked if there was a risk of burnout due to the amount of games, Arteta replied: “Yes. We have been trying to manage it.
“But the reality is that the fixtures are what they are and we didn’t have a pre-season, which is why – and we’ve talked about it many, many times – one of the reasons we wanted the five subs.
“It was exactly that. But this is just the consequences and this will happen more and more, I think, and to more clubs.”
Here’s everything you need to know about the match.
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The fixture will kick-off at 8pm GMT at the Emirates Stadium.
The match is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, with coverage starting from 7pm GMT. Subscribers can also stream the match via the Sky Go app.
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Arsenal will be without Pablo Mari, who missed the draw with Palace due to a calf injury. Gabriel Martinelli and Kieran Tierney will be assessed ahead of the clash.
Steve Bruce is hopeful that both Jamal Lewis and Jonjo Shelvey could return from knee and groin issues respectively, but Ryan Fraser is suspended following his sending off at Sheffield United. Jamaal Lascelles will be assessed as he continues his recovery from Covid-19.
Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Newcastle: Darlow, Yedlin, Schar, Clark, Dummett, Longstaff, Hayden, Hendrick, Almiron, Joelinton, Wilson
Both sides are in worrying form, and their FA Cup clash didn’t exactly set pulses racing. However, Newcastle are in a really bad run under Bruce, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Arsenal nicked a truly scrappy game. 1-0 Arsenal.