Dec 29, 2013, 7:55 AM EST
Only a win would return the Gunners to the top spot in the Premier League table, as they must keep pace with Manchester City.
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.
Arsenal – Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Rosicky, Wilshere, Walcott, Cazorla; Giroud.
Bench – Fabianski, Jenkinson, Arteta, Ryo, Bendtner, Gnabry, Podolski.
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