Sylvain Marveaux and Cheick Tiote

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Newcastle United entertain Arsenal in their final game of the 2012/13 campaign, as the Gunners come to St. James' Park on Sunday (4pm kick-off).

Both sides go into the fixture on the back of victories - the Magpies' coming away at QPR, a result which ensured their top flight survival, and Arsenal seeing off Wigan in midweek to maintain their fight for a top four finish.

When they met in December, Newcastle came from behind three times to level things up at the Emirates Stadium, but ultimately fell to a late rally which saw the North London-based outfit triumph 7-3 in an enthralling contest.

 

STAT ATTACK
Sunday's game is the 172nd match between the two clubs, and the 158th in the league.


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LAST MEETING
December 29th, 2012 - Arsenal 7 (Walcott 20,73,90; Oxlade-Chamberlain 51; Podolski 64; Giroud 85,87) Newcastle 3 (Ba 44,69; Marveaux 59)

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs; Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Olivier Giroud 74), Santi Cazorla (Francis Coquelin 86), Lukas Podolski (Aaron Ramsey 82); Theo Walcott

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Shane Ferguson 82), James Perch, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Gael Bigirimana (Shola Ameobi 82), Cheick Tiote; Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux (James Tavernier 88), Gabriel Obertan; Demba Ba


FULL RECORD v ARSENAL
P171 W66 D38 L67 F238 A251


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)

Newcastle - WDLDLD
Arsenal - WWDWDW


LAST LINE-UP
Newcastle (v QPR, Premier League): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote (James Perch 52), Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa (Steve Harper 82), Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 77)
Not used: Danny Simpson, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Adam Campbell

Arsenal (v Wigan, Premier League): Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs; Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta (Thomas Vermaelen 90); Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky (Jack Wilshere 78), Santi Cazorla; Lukas Podolski (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 78)
Not used: Lukasz Fabianski, Nacho Monreal, Carl Jenkinson, Gervinho


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager:
"We're very, very determined. We've got a good record against Arsenal at home, and we take that into the game so we'll be in good confidence. I think it's very important in terms of ourselves, most importantly. We owe it to the standard of the Premier League and to ourselves that we put on a fantastic show. And I think we can."

Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager: "I had the feeling that it could go to the last day. We are in a position nobody expected us to be in. We have our destiny in our hands, our fate in our hands and that's what you fight for in th game. It's a game that we now want to win but at least we fought back to be in a position where we are masters of our own fate."


REFEREE
Howard Webb (Yorkshire): 2012/13 record - 41 games, 145 yellow cards, 5 red cards


PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Sol Campbell, George Eastham, Pat Howard, Malcolm Macdonald, Kenny Sansom


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DID YOU KNOW?
Newcastle are one of only teams this season to have scored more than two goals against Arsenal. The other is Fulham.