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Watch Live: Newcastle vs. Arsenal (Lineups and Discuss)

Dec 29, 2013, 7:55 AM EDT

Wilshere Reuters

Arsenal are without Aaron Ramsey, injured for at least a month, as they head to St. James Park to take on Newcastle at 8:30am ET, live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

Only a win would return the Gunners to the top spot in the Premier League table, as they must keep pace with Manchester City.

Both Jack Wilshere and Thomas Rosicky deptutize in the midfield in place of the injured Ramsey, with the former back from suspension.

In addition, defender Thomas Vermaelen is ill and misses out, and Mesut Ozil has injured his shoulder and will miss 2-3 games according to Arsene Wenger.

Newcastle are no easy visit, with the home side having won seven of their last nine Premier League matches, vaulting them all the way to seventh in the table.

In the Magpies squad, Cheick Tiote returns from his yellow card suspension, and will be reinserted into the midfield in his usual enforcer role.

LINEUPS:

Newcastle - Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon; Anita, Tiote, Cabaye; Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran.
Bench – Elliot, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Cisse.

Arsenal – Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Rosicky, Wilshere, Walcott, Cazorla; Giroud.
Bench – Fabianski, Jenkinson, Arteta, Ryo, Bendtner, Gnabry, Podolski.