CONFIRMED: Newcastle & Arsenal line-ups - Tiote returns, Ozil injured

Here is how Newcastle United and Arsenal will line-up for this afternoon’s match at St James’ Park:

Newcastle United starting XI: Krul, Debuchy, Santon, Williamson, Coloccini, Tiote, Cabaye, Sissoko, Anita, Gouffran, Remy

Subs: Elliot, Haidara, Yanga Mbiwa, Sa Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Sh Ameobi

Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Rosicky, Wilshere, Flamini, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud

Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Arteta, Ryo, Podolski, Gnabry, Bendtner

If Arsenal were to pick a match they needed to win in order to go into the New Year top of the table, an away match against Newcastle United would be some way down the list.

After Manchester City’s narrow victory over Crystal Palace yesterday, the Gunners find themselves two points off top spot. But the Magpies are knocking on the door of the top four and have won seven of their last nine games.

Newcastle are no longer the side who lost both matches against Arsenal last season – and certainly not the men who were humbled 7-3 at the Emirates Stadium. That said, Alan Pardew’s men have not won on any of the last six occasions when they have welcomed Arsenal to town…so perhaps this is exactly the match Arsene Wenger would have wanted.

But history only tells us so much, and the Magpies have every chance of upsetting the odds this afternoon.

What do you think the result will be this afternoon ?

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