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Newcastle v Arsenal: Three Changes

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At St. James' Park


Head coach John Carver has made three changes to his Newcastle United starting line-up for Saturday's Barclays Premier League home fixture against Arsenal (3pm kick-off).

Spanish starlet Ayoze Perez, French international forward Remy Cabella and Dutch midfielder Vurnon Anita all return to the Magpies' side as they look to bounce back to winning ways at St. James' Park.

The trio replace captain Fabricio Coloccini - who serves the first of a three-game suspension - Gabriel Obertan and Emmanuel Riviere.

United are expected to start in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with goalkeeper Tim Krul behind a reshuffled back four which sees Ryan Taylor and Jack Colback deployed as full-backs, with Daryl Janmaat and Mike Williamson forming the central pairing.

Anita will join stand-in skipper Moussa Sissoko in the middle of the park, with a trio of Cabella, Yoan Gouffran and Sammy Ameobi just ahead of them.

And they will provide the ammunition for five-goal front man Perez, who netted against Arsenal in the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium back in December.

On the substitutes' bench, there is a place for 18-year-old central midfielder Olivier Kemen - his first involvement in the Newcastle first team.

He is joined by fellow teenagers Lubomir Satka and Adam Armstrong, while Riviere, Obertan, Jonas Gutierrez and Rob Elliot make up the rest of the replacements.


Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Ryan Taylor, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko (c), Vurnon Anita; Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi; Ayoze Perez

Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Lubomir Satka, Olivier Kemen, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan, Adam Armstrong, Emmanuel Riviere


Arsenal (4-2-3-1): David Ospina; Calum Chambers, Gabriel Paulista, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla; Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck; Olivier Giroud

Substitutes: Wojciech Szczesny, Hector Bellerin, Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker, Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky, Theo Walcott


Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

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