Mathieu Debuchy, Loic Remy and Moussa Sissoko all start the game tonight against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, and that’s the first time all three have started a game for over two months.
Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Dan Gosling, Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran; Moussa Sissoko; Loic Remy
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Adam Armstrong, Shola Ameobi
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
Gabby Obertan is on the bench for the first time in a long time, and 17 year-old Adam Armstrong is also a substitute.
It looks like Newcastle will start in a 4-4-1-1 formation and Moussa Sissoko will play in the withdrawn striker role with Loic Remy up front, and Shola Ameobi is on the bench, after scoring his first Premier League goal of the season last time out against Swansea.
The Arsenal side is a strong one with Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud all starting, and a reported Newcastle target this summer, Carl Jenkinson, is on the bench:
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey; Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski; Olivier Giroud
Substitutes: Lukasz Fabianski, Carl Jenkinson, Thomas Vermaelen, Kim Kallstrom, Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky, Yaya Sanogo
Alan Pardew is back on the touchline today for the first time since March 1st, after serving his seven match ban, and this is what Arsene Wenger had to say about that:
“He will try to control himself much more.” “You feel frustrated when you are not close to your team physically because you are used to it and you feel you still have a level of intervention. Maybe it is purely subjective, but it exists in your mind.”
“It is a job where you are under huge pressure, and at the Emirates we had no incidents because the distance between the two managers is big.”
“Sometimes you get upset because you hear what the other manager is saying and you go ‘what is he doing? Why is he talking to the referee and the fourth official?’ At Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs, you basically are very close.”
In our poll for the game, 89% think Newcastle will lose the game, and if that happens it will be six PL defeats in a row for the very first time, and Newcastle really need to get something out of this game.
Howay The Lads!!