Rafa Benitez confirms two Newcastle stars are now available for Arsenal

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"I have known him for a long, long time".

However, he returned for a 3-2 win away to Cardiff before the global break and is expected to keep his place for the trip to St James' Park.

Arsenal's season started poorly with defeats in their two opening games of the Premier League season. Arsenal travel to Tyneside to face Newcastle, who have their own problems to worry about. With six goals from their last two games it appears that Arsenal's attack has begun to function at something like full effectiveness, but having conceded three in return - very almost costing them two points against Cardiff - their defensive organisation still leaves much to be desired.

Benitez might not be able to star striker Salomon Rondon and right back DeAndre Yedlin following the pair's late return from global action playing for their respective national sides.

"Sometimes you can have all of the tactics right and one player can make the difference".

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has suggested that Arsenal will be in for a tough game on Saturday but believes that they will ultimately leave Tyneside with a win.

"When we opened this possibility that, when you win the Europa League, you play in the Champions League, this I think is the key to improve the interest in this competition". Things like that can happen in every game, and that's why football is so hard.

But such performances need to be put on consistently, and against Newcastle, Lacazette has the chance to show that he is not a hit-and-a-miss kind of player with another good performance. "And I want to push every player to be okay to help the team if for one minute, 30 minutes or half time or 90 minutes".

Benitez on Newcastle's confidence: "Last year, we had some games in a row [when] we weren't winning, but we were close".

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