Newcastle have a brutal opening run of fixtures, but with a delicate Arsenal defence next up at St. James’ Park, is it time to unleash summer signing Yoshinori Muto?
Newcastle have played with five at the back in the last two matches, but that is no surprise given the injuries to key players like Jonjo Shelvey and the opponents in those games.
However, while both Chelsea and Manchester City look like dominant forces this season, Arsenal can most definitely be hurt, so Rafael Benitez will likely switch back to his trademark 4-2-3-1, presuming Shelvey returns.
The Gunners were all over the place at the back against Chelsea and West Ham, and gave up two goals to a fairly blunt Cardiff side on Saturday.
Ayoze Perez played 90 minutes against Manchester City and worked tirelessly, but the Spaniard hasn’t been nearly as effective in the number ten position as he was last season, so Benitez should unleash his new striker duo next weekend.
Salomon Rondon impressed fans with his performance at the Etihad, and he could form a devastating partnership with Muto if given the chance.
A win against the “big six” can huge effects on the momentum and mind-set of the squad, and Arsenal are there for the taking.
So, Newcastle fans, do you think Muto should get the nod to play behind Rondon? Or would you stick with Perez? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…