Arsenal duo Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes miss training with boss Mikel Arteta amid injury crisis for Newcastle game

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MIKEL ARTETA had his Arsenal squad for Sunday training ahead of tomorrow night’s mammoth clash at Newcastle.

But usual first-choice centre-backs Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes were both DO NOT spotted in session.

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Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White were not seen at Arsenal training on SundayCredit: Getty
Mikel Arteta faces defensive crisis for move to Newcastle

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Mikel Arteta faces defensive crisis for move to NewcastleCredit: Getty
The Gunners first team trained at London Colney on Sunday

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The Gunners first team trained at London Colney on SundayCredit: Getty

Mikel Arteta faces a defensive crisis as his side travel to St. James’ Park to bump Tottenham up to fourth place.

White was in Arsenal’s squad for the North London Derby defeat after missing two games with a hamstring injury but remained an unused sub.

It is unclear whether he will have recovered in time to feature early on Monday.

Meanwhile, Gabriel was sent off late in the game against Spurs after receiving a knock.

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The Brazilian also appeared to be holding his hamstrings as he left the pitch.

And their apparent lack of attendance at training just the day before a game is cause for concern for Gunners fans.

Although Arteta may have deliberately left them out in order to save them for the crucial clash.

His compatriot defender Rob Holding will certainly not be present after his red card in midweek.

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So if Gabriel and White are unavailable, Arteta will be forced to name a makeshift backline, which could see Takehiro Tomiyasu and Granit Xhaka play together at the back.

Alternatively, if White is ready to step in after being on the bench in the week, Xhaka could be deployed at left-back.

Arteta himself has admitted he needs to ‘modify’ some positions in order to field enough defenders on Monday night.

He revealed: “We’ll have to change some positions to try and make it work because we’ve run out of defenders.

“And even the academy players that we have don’t have a lot of experience in those positions because they’re not specified centre-backs, so that’s something we’ll try to find a way around. “

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