By Mark Hannen
Newcastle United play host to Arsenal on Saturday in the Barclays Premier League (12.45pm kick-off).
The Magpies go into the fixture at St. James' Park on the back of an emphatic 4-1 Capital One Cup second round victory over Northampton Town on Tuesday night, as well as an excellent goalless draw at Old Trafford on their last league outing.
Arsenal, meanwhile, drew 0-0 at home against Liverpool on Monday night, and have four points from their three Premier League fixtures to date.
Last season, the Gunners took the bragging rights thanks to a 4-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium just before Christmas, followed by a 2-1 triumph on Tyneside in March.
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Saturday's meeting is the 177th match between the two clubs, and the 163rd in the league
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21st March, 2015 - Newcastle 1 (Sissoko 48) Arsenal 2 (Giroud 24, 28)
Newcastle(4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Ryan Taylor, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Jonas Gutierrez 71); Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi (Adam Armstrong 89); Ayoze Perez
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): David Ospina; Calum Chambers, Gabriel Paulista, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey; Alexis Sanchez (Tomas Rosicky 71), Santi Cazorla (Mathieu Flamini 71), Danny Welbeck (Hector Bellerin 89); Olivier Giroud
FULL RECORD v ARSENAL
P176 W66 D38 L72 F240 A262
(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - WDLDLL
Arsenal - DWLWWW
Newcastle (v Northampton, Capital One Cup): Karl Darlow; Daryl Janmaat, Jamaal Lascelles, Mike Williamson, Massadio Haidara (Ivan Toney 78); Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran; Florian Thauvin (Aleksandar Mitrovic 65), Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons; Ayoze Perez (Jack Colback 72)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Chancel Mbemba, Georginio Wijnaldum,
Arsenal (v Liverpool, Premier League): Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Paulista, Nacho Monreal; Francis Coquelin (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 82), Santi Cazorla; Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez; Olivier Giroud (Theo Walcott 73)
Subs not used: David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini
Newcastle - A last-minute decision will be made on the fitness of midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who has missed the Magpies' last two matches with a groin injury. Striker Papiss Cisse is in contention after recovering from the illness which kept him out of Tuesday's Capital One Cup tie against Northampton. Sylvain Marveaux (groin), Emmanuel Riviere (knee) and Curtis Good (hip) remain sidelined.
Arsenal- Centre-back Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are both doubts for the Gunners after missing Monday's clash with Liverpool through illness and and a back complaint respectively. Jack Wilshere is definitely ruled out with a fractured fibula while knee injuries keep Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky sidelined.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Steve McClaren, Newcastle head coach: "Arsenal are a top four team full of very good individual players who can hurt you from all over the pitch - I would pay to watch them because they play football the right way. They are genuine title contenders again this season and always will be, because they have the squad and ability within that. Concentration, defensive solidity and keeping the ball will be key, just as they were when we recorded an excellent goalless draw at Old Trafford seven days ago."
Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager: "We want to do well at Newcastle but it's always very, very, very tight and very committed there because the crowd is always behind their team, They have just come out from a good result at Manchester United so it's important that we prepare well and we give absolutely everything to win this game before the break. We have always done very well away from home. Last season and the season before, it was the last game of the season that we had to win. There has always been something big at stake, but we like pressure."
Andre Marriner (West Midlands): 2015/16 record - 2 games, 3 yellow cards, 0 red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Sol Campbell, Andy Cole, Mathieu Debuchy, George Eastham, Pat Howard, Malcolm Macdonald, Kenny Sansom
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DID YOU KNOW?
Arsenal's four-point haul so far this season is their worst start to a campaign since 2011.