Sammy Ameobi
By Mark Hannen

 

Newcastle United entertain Arsenal on Saturday in the Barclays Premier League (3pm kick-off).

The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Everton last Sunday, while Arsenal triumphed 2-0 away at Monaco in the Champions League on Tuesday, although still exited the competition.

When the side met earlier this season, the Gunners took the bragging rights, easing to a 4-1 triumph at the Emirates Stadium in December, with Ayoze Perez heading in United's consolation.

Follow Saturday's fixture right here on nufc.co.uk for on-the-whistle half-time and full-time reports and exclusive post-match reaction, or live updates on Twitter at @NUFC.

 

STAT ATTACK
Saturday's game is the 176th match between the two clubs, and the 162nd in the league. United are looking to beat the Gunners on Tyneside for the first time since December 2005.


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LAST MEETING
13th December, 2014 - Arsenal 4 (Giroud 15, 58, Cazorla 55, 89 pen) Newcastle 1 (Perez 63)

Arsenal (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Hector Bellerin, Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker, Kieran Gibbs; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Ainsley Maitland-Niles 90, Mathieu Flamini, Santi Cazorla; Alexis Sanchez (Francis Coquelin 86), Olivier Giroud (Lukas Podolski 73), Danny Welbeck

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Jak Alnwick; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett; Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback; Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez (Adam Armstrong 82), Sammy Ameobi (Remy Cabella 56); Papiss Cisse (Emmanuel Riviere 56)


FULL RECORD v ARSENAL
P175 W66 D38 L71 F239 A260


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - LLWLDD
Arsenal - WWWWWW


LAST LINE-UP
Newcastle (v Everton, Premier League): Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Ryan Taylor; Moussa Sissoko, Jack Colback; Gabriel Obertan (Ayoze Perez 46), Yoan Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi (Remy Cabella 58), Emmanuel Riviere (Jonas Gutierrez 62)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Lubomir Satka, Vurnon Anita, Adam Armstrong

Arsenal (v Monaco, Champions League): David Ospina; Hector Bellerin, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal (Kieran Gibbs 83); Francis Coquelin (Aaron Ramsey 63), Santi Cazorla; Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck (Theo Walcott 72), Olivier Giroud
Subs not used: Wojciech Szczesny, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Paulista, Mathieu Flamini


TOP SCORER
Newcastle - Papiss Cisse (11)
Arsenal - Alexis Sanchez (19)


TEAM NEWS
Newcastle - Papiss Cisse serves the second game of a seven-match suspension, while captain Fabricio Coloccini begins a three-game ban following his red card at Everton last Sunday. That has left head coach John Carver with just 13 senior outfield players to select from, with Massadio Haidara (knee), Mehdi Abeid (thigh), Paul Dummett (knee), Cheick Tiote (knee), Siem de Jong (collapsed lung), Rolando Aarons (hamstring) and Steven Taylor (Achilles) all ruled out.

Arsenal - The Gunners could welcome back midfielder Tomas Rosicky after illness. Full-back Mathieu Debuchy (shoulder) and midfielders Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Mikel Arteta (ankle) are back in training but are not expected to return for around three weeks. Definitely sidelined are Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) and Abou Diaby (calf).


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
John Carver, Newcastle head coach: "I've had some big challenges in the past but this will be one of the biggest. You've got to be careful when you play against sides like Arsenal. We've got to consolidate and make sure we don't concede early, that's for sure. Against a good side like this it will be very, very difficult to get the ball. Their possession stats are one of the highest in the division, so they are a good footballing side and they like to play. So we are going to have to be patient but we do have one or two things up our sleeve when we get turnovers, and we will try to break them down."

Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager: "What is important is how much we improve and how much we can push on now until the end of the season. We are in the semi-final of the FA Cup, we are in a strong fight in the Premier League. It's important to focus on these targets and that we do that straight away on Saturday. We have good memories at Newcastle but they are always very tight, very difficult games. They are in a position where they are not under threat to go down. They always have a very motivated crowd and they always play well against us, which makes it a tight game."


REFEREE
Mike Jones (Cheshire): 2014/15 record - 26 games, 91 yellow cards, 7 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 have lost six games in the Premier League this season - five of which have come away from home.