Newcastle v Arsenal: Harper Starts
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Newcastle United FC
Steve Harper will bring down the curtain on 20 years at Newcastle United this afternoon against Arsenal
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Steve Harper will bring down the curtain on 20 years at Newcastle United this afternoon with a starting spot against Arsenal in the final game of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season.
Harper will also captain the side today.
The 38-year-old's inclusion is one of two changes to the Magpies' starting line-up from last weekend's victory at Queens Park Rangers. Centre-back Steven Taylor also returns following illness in place of Mike Williamson.
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Steve Harper (c); Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs; Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey; Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott; Lukas Podolski
Substitutes: Lukasz Fabianski, Nacho Monreal, Thomas Vermaelen, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Olivier Giroud
Referee: Howard Webb (Yorkshire)