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  • 19 May 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 52354
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Newcastle - Arsenal Preview: Gunners would top Premier League based on second-half results

Arsene Wenger’s side are bidding to secure a spot in Europe’s elite competition for a 16th successive season, with third place still not out of the equation if Chelsea slip up

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE

Harper
Debuchy, Coloccini,Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa
Tiote
, Cabaye,
Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Gouffran
 Cisse
ARSENAL

Szczesny
Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs
Wilshere, Ramsey
Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski
Giroud

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has a host of injury and suspension troubles ahead of his side's season finale with Champions League-chasing Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Midfielder Cheikh Tiote (hamstring) was forced off early in the win over QPR last time out, but is expected to be fit to start. However, fellow enforcer Moussa Sissoko, striker Shola Ameobi and defender Ryan Taylor (all knee) are out.

Davide Santon (hamstring) is back in training and could come back into contention, whilst Steven Taylor (illness) and Massadio Haidara (hamstring) could also return to the first-team squad.

Goalkeeper Steve Harper, who has been with the club since 1993, will play his last game at St. James' Park as Tim Krul (shoulder) is unavailable and Rob Elliot serves a one-match ban after seeing red at QPR last time out.

Arsene Wenger could be without the influential Mikel Arteta (calf) for the do-or-die clash with the Mapgpies after the Spanish midfielder picked up a knock late on in Tuesday’s win over Wigan.

The Gunners boss has few other injury problems to contend with, however, with long-term absentee Abou Diaby (knee) the only other player definatley out.

Jack Wilshere, who will have surgery on an ankle problem at the end of the season, could return to the heart of midfield, whilst France striker Olivier Giroud is available for selection after completing a three match ban.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Newcastle secured their Premier League safety for another season with a win at QPR last time out. A win against Arsenal could ensure they complete a second consecutive top-ten finish after earning fifth place last campaign.
  • The Magpies can claim a maximum tally of 44 points with victory on Sunday. That would be their lowest points tally in the Premier League since they were relegated with 34 in 2008-09.
  • Alan Pardew's side have shared the points just once at St James' Park this season. Only Manchester United (0) have drawn more home games.
  • Newcastle have failed to score in their last two home games (0-3 vs Sunderland and 0-6 vs Liverpool). August 2007 was the last time they failed to score in three consecutive games at St. James' Park.
  • Arsenal can earn Champions League qualification for the 16th consecutive season with a win. A loss or draw will also be enough if north London rivals Tottenham fail to beat Newcastle's fierce foes Sunderland.
  • The Gunners currently lie fourth with 70 points. They earned that same amount when finishing third in the Premier League last season.
  • Arsenal are the best side in the Premier League in the second half of games. The Gunners would top the league with 71 points if results based solely on the second period were considered.

Players to watch

F. Coloccini

Position: Defender

Games: 13

  • 1
  • 2
  • 0
The Argentina defender may not have been at his sparkling best this season, but it is no coincidence that Newcastle's form has improved since his return. As well as being a great captain and organiser, the centre-back is a cult hero amongst the club's fans, and they’ll be hoping that he stays over the summer after asking for a move back to South America earlier in the season.

J. Wilshere

Position: Midfielder

Games: 9

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  • 4
  • 0
He might be struggling with an ankle problem, but Arsene Wenger will be desperate to get one final 90 minutes out of his star midfielder before he takes a well-earned break over the summer. It has been a season of ups and downs for the Gunners, but the return to action of midfield prodigy Wilshere has been a great boost for everyone at the Emirates Stadium and they’ll be hoping he comes back next season stronger than ever.

Editor's Prediction

You get the feeling that if Newcastle needed anything to stay in the Premier League then this game could be a real classic, however, after Arsenal defeated Wigan on Tuesday that prospect came to an end, and the necessity of getting a result switched solely to the visitors.

The Gunners come here knowing that a win will guarantee them Champions League football for a 16th successive season and that, along with some excellent recent form, should ensure they take all three points at St. James' Park.

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