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Yohan Cabaye
Yohan CabayeReuters

Arsenal travel to St James' Park to take on Newcastle United as the Gunners look to end 2013 at the top of the table.

Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 1:30pm GMT. Live coverage will be available on Sky sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Highlights of the game will be shown on BBC Match of the Day show on BBC One from 10:30 pm GMT.

Newcastle have been in great form lately and are currently seventh in the league table, one point behind Manchester United who have played a game more. A win here will take them level with Liverpool, who play Chelsea later in the day, and give them some much needed belief ahead of what is expected to be a tough fight for a top four spot.

The magpies have won their last two games in the league and come into the match on the back of a brilliant 5-1 win over Stoke City. The Potters led before two sending-offs changed the course of the fixture. Newcastle took advantage of the two man advantage and slammed in five goals.

Arsenal will be looking to return to the top of the table with a win. The Gunners come into the game on the back of a 3-1 win over West Ham, having gone one goal down in the opening minutes of the first half, but showed great composure and belief to make a valiant comeback. Theo Walcott scored a brace while Lukas Podolski slotted home the winner to give the Gunners three important points after going four games without a win for the first time this season.

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Arsenal players celebrate Jack Wilshere's goal against Marseille in the Champions League, November 26Reuters

What the Managers Say
Alan Pardew
: "Clubs can learn from Arsenal. What a job Arsène Wenger has done there. I really hope he wins the Champions League this year. He deserves it. We've introduced a lot of French players because of market forces. Arsène's first port of call when he arrived here was France, for the same reason. I'm disappointed not to have more British players in my team. I want more British players but I'm certainly not going to argue with our French contingent. They've been brilliant. It's a world [transfer] market now. Arsène maybe saw that before other managers; we owe him a bit of a debt."

Arsene Wenger: "Newcastle are in full confidence, they are doing well and won again on Boxing Day with a big score. Loic Remy is a very good striker, very quick and makes very good runs, so we have to keep him quiet. That will all be another test, but our team wants to do well, the character is great and our concentration is top."

Form Guide
Newcastle United

  • Last Five Matches (all competitions, most recent first): W W D W L
  • Last Result: Newcastle United 5-1 Stoke City


  • Last Five matches (all competitions, most recent first): W D L L D
  • Last Result: West Ham 1-3 Arsenal

Team News
Newcastle United

  • Injured: Ryan Taylor(knee)
  • Doubtful:N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon; Gouffran, Tioté, Cabaye, Sissoko; Sh Ameobi, Rémy.


  • Injured: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Aaron Ramsey (thigh), Abou Diaby (knee), Yaya Sanogo (back)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Arteta; Walcott, Cazorla, Wilshere; Giroud.