St. James' Park
Barclays Premier League
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At St. James' Park
Moussa Sissoko has been handed a starting spot for Newcastle United in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off (12.45pm kick-off) against Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League, after recovering from a groin injury.
The French international midfielder has missed the Magpies' last two fixtures with the complaint, which he picked up at Swansea City earlier this month.
However, Sissoko is back in the fold for United's fixture against the Gunners at St. James' Park, and his inclusion is one of three changes made by head coach Steve McClaren from last weekend's goalless draw at Manchester United.
The others alterations see right-back Daryl Janmaat return from serving a one-game suspension, and new signing Florian Thauvin start his first Premier League match.
And they will be tasked with supplying the ammunition for Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who will be looking to break his Magpies' duck against Arsenal.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla (c); Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez; Theo Walcott
Substitutes: David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Mikel Arteta, Joel Campbell, Olivier Giroud
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)