Emirates Stadium side entertain the Magpies.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “We just want to win the next game.”
Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky have recovered from illness and defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) and midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) are expected to return to training next week. Back-up goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is out with a foot injury.
Arsenal (from): Szczesny, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Podolski, Cazorla, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arteta, Walcott, Mannone, Ramsey, Gervinho, Rosicky, Koscielny, Coquelin, Jenkinson, Arshavin.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew: “The team that went to Old Trafford was a very young side and yet we still produced a fabulous performance.”
Pardew faces a fresh selection headache as midfielder Cheick Tiote returns from a one-match ban, but counterpart Vurnon Anita is out with an ankle injury sustained in the 4-3 defeat at Manchester United, while central defender Mike Williamson is suspended after collecting his fifth booking of the season at Old Trafford. Jonas Gutierrez (knee) has joined fellow midfielders Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) as well as central defender Steven Taylor (also hamstring) on the sidelines, while full-back Ryan Taylor and midfielders Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic (all knee) are still missing.
Newcastle (from): Krul, Elliot, Harper, Simpson, Santon, Ferguson, Tavernier, Coloccini, Perch, Tiote Bigirimana, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Obertan, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Ranger.
Referee: C Foy; Assistants: S Child, H Lennard; Fourth official: A Taylor
SOURCE: Official Premier League
Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski
Simpson, Coloccini, Perch, Santon
Cisse, Marveaux, Sa. Ameobi
Arsenal needed a Thomas Vermaelen stoppage-time winner to complete a 2-1 comeback win in the corresponding fixture last January.
The Gunners have lost just one of their last 10 matches against Newcastle (W4, D5, L1)
The Magpies have won on four of 18 Premier League trips to Arsenal, latterly in November 2010 when Andy Carroll headed the winner.
This is the third time the two clubs have met on this date: Arsenal won the previous encounters in 1984 and 2004.
Arsenal are on a three-match Premier League winning streak – their best form since March.
They have won 18 league matches in 2012, their joint-lowest tally in a calendar year under Arsene Wenger. They also recorded 18 victories in 1997.
If Arsenal lose against Newcastle, they will equal their most defeats in a calendar year under Wenger – 10, set in 2006 and 2010.
The Gunners have kept seven clean sheets in 18 league games, a record bettered only by Chelsea (eight) and Stoke (nine).
Theo Walcott has scored 11 goals in all competitions for the club this season, just two shy of equalling his most prolific campaign in 2010-11.
Alan Pardew’s side have lost seven of their last nine league fixtures, collecting six points out of the last available 27.
Newcastle are yet to record an away win this season (D4, L5). They have lost their last four fixtures on the road, conceding 10 goals in the process.
The Magpies have scored in each of their last six league games, their best scoring run of the season.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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