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Arsenal defensive duo still a doubt for Newcastle

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he does not know if Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny will be available for their trip to Newcastle this weekend.

The defensive pairing both missed the goalless draw with Liverpool on Monday in which Arsenal looked questionable at the back.

If they duo don't make it, Calum Chambers and Gabriel will be forced to team up together once more.

Per Mertesacker is ill. Credit: PA

"Mertesacker is still sick and we will know more about Koscielny today. He might have a test on his back and I will certainly know more tomorrow morning. The less likely to be fit is Mertesacker.

"I would like them to be available but that's part of the season, and you can't complain about that."

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