TEAM NEWS: Ozil left out of Arsenal squad for Newcastle trip

The Germany international is not part of the matchday squad for Sunday’s visit to St. James’ Park, though Laurent Koscielny returns to the starting XI after overcoming injury

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has not been included in the the Gunners squad to take on Newcastle United on Sunday at St. James’ Park.

The Germany international has a slight shoulder problem, so Jack Wilshere returns to the starting XI after serving his two-match suspension.

Laurent Koscielny also returns to action after overcoming the knee injury he picked up in the 6-3 defeat to Manchester City, with Thomas Vermaelen missing out.

For Newcastle, Cheik Tiote has been recalled to the starting line-up after missing Thursday’s 5-1 win over Stoke City through suspension, while Hatem Ben Arfa drops to the bench.

Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon; Anita, Tiote, Cabaye; Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran. SUBS: Elliot, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Cisse.

Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Rosicky; Wilshere, Walcott, Cazorla; Giroud. SUBS: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Arteta, Ryo, Bendtner, Gnabry, Podolski.

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