Gabriel Obertan

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Manager Alan Pardew has made two changes to starting line-up as Newcastle United travel to the Emirates Stadium this evening to take on Arsenal (5.30pm kick-off).

Cheick Tiote returns having served a one-game suspension, while Gabriel Obertan makes his first Premier League start in more than nine months - which coincidentally came in this fixture last season.

The duo replace Mike Williamson, who is banned for a single fixture after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign on Boxing Day, and Vurnon Anita, who is suffering with a ankle injury.

The Magpies are expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with James Perch dropping back into defence to join Danny Simpson, captain Fabricio Coloccini and Davide Santon, in front of goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Tiote and Gael Bigirimana will anchor the midfield, with Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux and Obertan ahead of them. And 11-goal front man Demba Ba will lead the line on his own.

On the substitutes' bench there is a surprise inclusion for just-turned 18-year-old centre-back Remie Streete, who has never been involved at first-team level before.

The Academy product is part of a youthful bench including the likes of James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid and Sammy Ameobi, with only Steve Harper and Shola Ameobi offering any real experience.


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 United (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


Referee: Chris Foy (Lancashire)