French U21 Internationals Sylvain Marveaux and Gabby Obertan both get a start at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.
And with Vurnon Anita injured Gael Bigirimana comes in for the Dutchman in central midfielder and will play the attacking role for Newcastle against Arsenal this afternoon, with James Perch at center-back alongside captain Fabricio Coloccini.
It looks like Newcastle may be playing a variation of 4-5-1 with Demba Ba up front on his lonesome, but Alan Pardew has tried to put some creativity ion the side with Obertan and Marveaux, who are both in good form at the moment.
With so many Newcastle players out injured, youngsters James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid and Sammy Ameobi all make the bench, and we were right in our match preview (that makes a nice change!), that 18 year-old center-back South Shields born Remie Streete is also on the bench for the first time ever.
Newcastle need something out of this game today.
Howay The Lads!!
Arsenal: (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen (c), Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs; Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski; Theo Walcott
Substitutes: Vito Mannone, Johan Djourou, Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Gervinho, Olivier Giroud
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, James Perch, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Gael Bigirimana, Cheick Tiote; Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan; Demba Ba
Substitutes: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Remie Streete, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi