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“His mistakes cost us Europa” – Lots of Arsenal fans debate options ahead of Newcastle opener

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The start of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign is on the horizon which has left fans of multiple clubs debating who they believe should start on the opening day.

Arsenal are no exception as they travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United with a number of fans discussing who will play at right-back.

Hector Bellerin will miss the start of the season as he continues to recover from a nasty ACL injury to his left knee.

Arsenal have signed Dani Ceballos on loan as well as William Saliba – who won’t arrive at the club properly until next season – whilst new club-record signing Nicolas Pepe arrived in a £72m deal earlier this week.

Though no cover at right-back is yet to arrive – leaving Arsenal rather scarce on the right side of defence with Bellerin out of action.

Carl Jenkinson is the only out-and-out option at manager Unai Emery’s disposal with Calum Chambers being able to operate there too.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles often deputised in the position last season despite being a midfielder by trade. He played 11 of his 31 games at right-back during the 2018/19 campaign.

A number of Arsenal fans have been left debating the conundrum at Emery’s hands.

Some Gooners believe that Maitland-Niles isn’t good enough to continually play that position with one supporter claiming that his mistakes cost them the Europa League and that he should play central midfield.

Others think he looks to out of his depth at right-back with one fan calling him a “disaster.”

Although, not all of the debate was negative as one member of the Emirates support thought the 21-year-old was great once he got used to the position and that the problem was that he was very much a confidence player.

Here’s the best of the reaction:

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