The Newcastle team against Arsenal today is almost as expected, with Steven Taylor coming back in to partner Fabricio Coloccini in central defense, after he missed the game at QPR through illness.
Mike Williamson doesn’t even make the bench today and as expected veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper will start his final game for Newcastle, after twenty years at Newcastle, with young Jak Alnwick on the bench.
Steve Harper is also captain for the day, in this his 199th and final game for the club.
Newcastle will line up in a 4-3-3 formation with the front three being Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and the in form Yoan Gouffran.
This is the final game of a very disappointing Premier League season, and we hope the lads can get a win – so we can at least finish fairly high up in the table – and get that non-playing staff that £1M bonus to share.
For Arsenal Mikel Arteta starts in midfield – after looking like he would miss the game, after coming off injured last Tuesday night in the 4-1 win at home to Wigan.
We need the win today.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle: Steve Harper (c); Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Danny Simpson, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Adam Campbell
Arsenal Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs; Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey; Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott; Lukas Podolski
Substitutes: Lukasz Fabianski, Nacho Monreal, Thomas Vermaelen, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Olivier Giroud