Vurnon Anita has retained his place even though Cheick Tiote returns to the line-up, after a one match suspension against Stoke City, and Ben Arfa finds himself on the bench after a Man of the Match performance on Thursday.
Cheick Tiote – returns to the side today
It looks like Newcastle will play in a 4-3-3 formation, with the middle line of Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye and a front three of Frenchmen Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy and Yoan Gouffran.
Sammy Ameobi is on the bench and Steven Taylor again finds himself not included in the match day squad of 18.
For Arsenal Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud start, but no sign of German star Mesut Ozil.
This is going to be a tough game for Newcastle, and we’ll have to come out of the blocks like a steam train at the start of this game – and then keep it up.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle: (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker (c), Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs; Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky; Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere; Santi Cazorla; Olivier Giroud
Substitutes: Lukasz Fabianski, Carl Jenkinson, Mikel Arteta, Ryo Miyaichi, Serge Gnabry, Lukas Podolski, Nicklas Bendtner
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)