Howard Webb

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Howard Webb will be the referee when Newcastle take on Champions League-chasing Arsenal on the final day of the season.

The Yorkshire-based official was last at St. James' Park in April, when he took charge of the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland, and it will be the fifth time this season that he has officiated a Magpies match.

He also oversaw the 3-0 home defeat against Manchester United in October, a 2-1 defeat at Stoke the following month and a dramatic 3-2 victory over Chelsea in February.

In total this term, Webb has refereed 41 games across the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, Championship and international fixtures, issuing 145 yellow cards and five reds.

He began officiating in his local Rotherham leagues in 1989 and worked his way up the football pyramid before being added to the National List of Football League Referees in 2000.

He stepped up to the Select Group for the Premier League three years later, with his first match being a goalless draw between Fulham and Wolves in October 2003.

Webb is widely recognised as one of the best referees in the business and took charge of both the 2010 Champions League final and the 2010 World Cup final.

On Sunday, he will be assisted by Mike Mullarkey, Darren Cann and Kevin Friend.