Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan makes just one change to the side which was beaten in the FA Cup fourth round 3-0 at the Emirates on Saturday.
Jose Enrique misses out at left back, because of a late injury, and David Rozehnal comes in for the Spanish left back.
That’s a surprise move since the Czech player has looked uncertain at full-back this season, and he will be up against some fast wingers tonight. We would have liked young David Edgar to have been given a runout in the team.
Joey Barton returns to the Newcatle United bench, as expected, which also includes Shola Ameobi, after the local boy missed Saturday’s 3-0 defeat because of illness.
Arsenal start their strongest side, with Fabregas, Gallas, Hleb, Famini and Adebayor all in the starting line-up.
Arsenal: Manuel Almunia, Abou Diaby, Bacary Sagna, Cesc Fabregas, Philippe Senderos, Eduardo, William Gallas, Alexander Hleb, Mathieu Flamini, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor
Subs: Jens Lehmann, Gilberto, Nicklas Bendtner, Justin Hoyte, Theo Walcott
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Stephen Carr, David Rozehnal, Claudio Cacapa, Steven Taylor, James Milner, Charles N’Zogbia, Damien Duff, Nicky Butt, Michael Owen (c), Alan Smith
Subs: Steve Harper, Shola Ameobi, Joey Barton, David Edgar, Kazenga LuaLua