first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang was named on Arsenal’s bench (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped from Arsenal’s starting line-up for Monday’s clash with Newcastle United after struggling with illness over the weekend.The Gabon striker has enjoyed a fine season at the Emirates, scoring 22 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions, including three in his last two matches.Aubameyang netted a brace in the Europa League comeback win against Rennes but starts the Premier League clash with Newcastle from the bench.In the build-up to the match, Sky Sports said Aubameyang had a temperature over the weekend, meaning Arsenal were not willing to risk him from the start.ADVERTISEMENT📋 Here’s how we line up against Newcastle United in the @PremierLeague…🇨 @AaronRamsey captains the team🤝 @MatteoGuendouzi partners Aaron in midfield🔑 @MesutOzil1088 and @AlexIwobi start behind @LacazetteAlex— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 1, 2019 The reason Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped for Arsenal’s clash with Newcastle United Metro Sport ReporterMonday 1 Apr 2019 7:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link369Shares On Aubameyang’s absence, Arsenal legend Ian Wright said: ‘It’s a bit surprising. You want to start with your main strikers. I think Newcastle will be quite resolute tonight.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I know Aubameyang has done a bit of travelling – you want the best forwards on your pitch so you can get a goal early.’Aaron Ramsey, who will join Juventus at the end of the season, captains Arsenal against Newcastle, with Mesut Ozil offered a start by Unai Emery.Arsenal confirmed midfielder Granit Xhaka misses the fixture with a groin injury, while Laurent Koscielny is absent with a bruised foot.TEAM NEWSHere’s how Newcastle United line up for tonight’s @premierleague clash against @Arsenal. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/0n4GxWl9SN— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) April 1, 2019 Advertisementcenter_img Comment Advertisement Speaking ahead of the match, Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez said: ‘We know we have to win maybe just one more game [to be safe].‘But if we can’t win the next one, we just have to keep going. I will not put us under pressure.‘We just need to stay calm and focus on the next game, then see what happens.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citylast_img read more