The Gunners go into the game off the back of a disappointing result in Europe in midweek, having just about kept themselves in their semi-final tie by salvaging a crucial away goal in a 2-1 defeat to Villarreal.
Neweranews gathered that with the second leg of that semi-final coming up at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday Mikel Arteta is expected to heavily rotate his pack in order to keep his most important players fresh for what will be the most important game of the season.
That said though the trip to the North East will potentially provide Arsenal with a chance to get some of their most important players back up to speed ahead of the Europa League clash in four days time.
The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kieran Tierney and David Luiz are all returning from long term absences and will hope to get some minutes under their belts.
Steve Bruce’s team can more or less secure their Premier League safety with a victory after Fulham’s defeat last night and have picked up some impressive results against West Ham, Tottenham and Liverpool in recent weeks.