The problem seems to be a lack of bodies in midfield and the over-reliance on Thomas Partey to beat the press.
I would be surprised if it was anything less than an incredibly uncomfortable afternoon.
Another week on the bench or in the stands for Saka? It might just be worth it!
With a run of 'winnable' fixtures now complete, what can we expect when we face off against the sides around and above us?
If the two Gabriels and Thomas Partey start for Arsenal tonight, can Newcastle really stand in our way?
Tonight's clash with Crystal Palace may just set the tone for the rest of our season...so what's at stake?
The cup offers a chance for Arsenal's fringe players to show what they can do and it's time some stepped up.
The little-noticed features of Arsenal's surprise 1-0 win at Old Trafford