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MIKEL ARTETA will be forced into a defensive reshuffle when his Arsenal side return to action on Monday night.

And by the time the Gunners travel to Newcastle they may have already been leapfrogged into fourth-place by Tottenham.

2How Arsenal could line up against Newcastle with Granit Xhaka at left-back

The game is a must-win for Arsenal, who will definitely be without Rob Holding after he was sent off in the 3-0 defeat to Spurs.

Fellow defender Gabriel Magalhaes meanwhile is a major doubt after limping off with a muscular problem.

That means Arteta will be forced to shuffle his pack and could name a makeshift centre-back pairing of Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu.

White was an unused sub on Thursday night despite Holding's sending off and is still working his way back to full fitness after a hamstring problem.

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Tomiyasu has been playing at left-back recently but is set to move across into the heart of defence, with Granit Xhaka a candidate to replace him.

Arteta has not started Nuno Tavares in either of the last two games, and could be left on the bench once again.

Cedric Soares will continue at right-back with Aaron Ramsdale in goal.

If Xhaka is indeed moved into the back four Albert Sambi Lokonga could partner Mohamed Elneny in the middle of the park.

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The front four is unlikely to change from the north London derby defeat.

But alternatively in defence, Arteta could shake things up completely and name a back three.

The Spaniard could opt to employ Xhaka in the heart of defence alongside White and Tomiyasu in order to give the Swiss international more cover.

That would likely see Tavares start at left wing-back, and Martin Odegaard drop into a deeper role in the middle of the park.

Eddie Nketiah is set to continue to lead the line, supported by Gabriel Martinelli on the left and Bukayo Saka on the right.

2An alternative Arsenal XI to face Newcastle, with three centre-backs

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Arsenal and Newcastle sent warning about Dominic Calvert-Lewin transfer chase by Everton boss Frank Lampard

ARSENAL and Newcastle have received a blow in their pursuit of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The 25-year-old has started just 12 Premier League games for the Toffees so far this season due to injury and fitness issues.

2Calvert-Lewin has been linked with a move away from MerseysideCredit: Getty 2Lampard is keen to keep the England international beyond the end of the seasonCredit: Getty

For the last two games - the wins over Chelsea and Leicester - Calvert-Lewin has been available but remained an unused substitute.

He has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park in the summer amid a lack of game time.

But Everton manager Frank Lampard has now insisted the England international is in his long-term plans.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Brentford, he said: "He is a fantastic striker, the pedigree of striker that there aren't many around. It's been unfortunate for me, I think, that I haven't had him fit. 

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"He's had little moments but we know that strikers - particularly out of any position - need runs of games and fitness and confidence.

"We've never been able to get that for Dominic to be fair to him. But yeah, he's a huge player, they are not very common. He is contracted to us, three years left on his contract, and I want to take this club forward and players like Dominic help that.

"I know he hasn't been playing at the minute because he's been getting fit, but now he's fit, so hopefully he will contribute in the last few games for starters and then he's our player.

"He's a player that would be wanted by clubs because of the level of player he is.

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"There are not many strikers out there, they cost a lot of money. I'm not worried about him at all."

Calvert-Lewin has scored 56 goals and provided 17 assists in 188 appearances for Everton.

His most prolific campaign came last season under Carlo Ancelotti where he netted 21 goals in 39 games.

But his struggles with fitness this season have seen him manage just three goals in 15 matches.

Meanwhile, Everton are still deeply embroiled in a relegation battle with three Premier League games remaining.

Despite back-to-back wins, they are still just two points above the drop zone.

Lampard's last three games of the campaign are home fixtures against Brentford and Crystal Palace and a trip to Arsenal on the final day.

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