Arsenal v Newcastle: French Trio Start
Written by Newcastle Utd
Newcastle United FC
Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko all return to the United starting line-up at Arsenal
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At the Emirates Stadium
Remy and Debuchy made substitute appearances in last weekend's defeat to Swansea following seven weeks out with respective calf and groin injuries, while Sissoko has missed the last three games with a hamstring complaint.
But the trio of French internationals are handed starting spots at the Emirates Stadium as United look to end a run of five successive Barclays Premier League defeats.
And Sissoko is expected to be deployed in the number ten role, just behind 13-goal leading scorer Remy.
On the substitutes' bench there is a return for Gabriel Obertan, who has not appeared in the top flight since the start of December.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey; Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski; Olivier Giroud
Substitutes: Lukasz Fabianski, Carl Jenkinson, Thomas Vermaelen, Kim Kallstrom, Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky, Yaya Sanogo
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)