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Clearance by Carl Jenkinson.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Clearance by Bacary Sagna.
Mathieu Debuchy sends in a cross.
Hatem Ben Arfa takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Hatem Ben Arfa.
Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.
Yohan Cabaye restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Cheick Tiote by Tomas Rosicky results in a free kick.
Mathieu Flamini makes a clearance.
Nicklas Bendtner on for Olivier Giroud.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a block.
Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.
Centre by Davide Santon.
Carl Jenkinson manages to make a clearance.
Carl Jenkinson is brought on as a substitute for Theo Walcott.
Massadio Haidara joins the action as a substitute, replacing Moussa Sissoko.
Moussa Sissoko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tomas Rosicky on Davide Santon.
Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
Shola Ameobi challenges Wojciech Szczesny unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick crossed by Yohan Cabaye.
Mathieu Flamini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa.
Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
Vurnon Anita goes off and Shola Ameobi comes on.
Santi Cazorla makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Vurnon Anita.
Foul by Moussa Sissoko on Theo Walcott, free kick awarded.
Clearance by Davide Santon.
Kieran Gibbs leaves the field to be replaced by Mikel Arteta.
Clearance made by Davide Santon.
Yohan Cabaye is fouled.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yohan Cabaye by Tomas Rosicky.
Tim Krul manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Bacary Sagna.
Davide Santon manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Davide Santon went wide of the right-hand post.
Clearance made by Per Mertesacker.
Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line.
Hatem Ben Arfa produces a cross.
The ball is delivered by Loic Remy.
Theo Walcott restarts play with the free kick.
Cheick Tiote challenges Santi Cazorla unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kieran Gibbs by Hatem Ben Arfa.
(Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Hatem Ben Arfa coming on for Yoan Gouffran.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Theo Walcott.
A cross is delivered by Jack Wilshere.
Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Clearance made by Mathieu Flamini.
Shot by Mathieu Flamini cleared the crossbar.
Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Jack Wilshere on Vurnon Anita, free kick awarded.
Mathieu Flamini takes the free kick.
Yoan Gouffran challenges Tomas Rosicky unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Bacary Sagna.
Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.
The game restarts for the second half.
Olivier Giroud makes a clearance.
Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
Clearance by Per Mertesacker.
Shot by Per Mertesacker went wide of the left-hand post.
Santi Cazorla restarts play with the free kick.
Cheick Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Mathieu Flamini.
Kieran Gibbs manages to make a clearance.
The referee cautions Olivier Giroud for unsporting behaviour.
Olivier Giroud gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheick Tiote.
Loic Remy challenges Mathieu Flamini unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Olivier Giroud has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
The ball is sent over by Mathieu Debuchy.
Santi Cazorla takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Tim Krul parries the effort to safety.
The ball is swung over by Davide Santon.
Shot by Tomas Rosicky. Tim Krul safely holds on.
Mathieu Debuchy takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.
Per Mertesacker concedes a free kick for a foul on Loic Remy.
The ball is swung over by Santi Cazorla.
Santi Cazorla takes a short corner.
Unfair challenge on Yoan Gouffran by Bacary Sagna results in a free kick.
Jack Wilshere manages to make a clearance.
Loic Remy produces a cross.
The ball is delivered by Mathieu Debuchy.
Shot by Yohan Cabaye went wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is sent over by Loic Remy.
Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
Mathieu Debuchy manages to make a clearance.
Clearance by Mathieu Debuchy.
Mathieu Flamini fouled by Yohan Cabaye, the ref awards a free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Moussa Sissoko.
The game begins.
Wenger confident of passing test
Manager Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal can again come through another severe test of their title credentials when the Barclays Premier League leaders head to Newcastle on Sunday.
The Gunners moved back to the top of the table after they recovered to beat West Ham 3-1 at Upton Park on Boxing Day, having gone behind at the start of the second half before Theo Walcott's double salvo and Lukas Podolski's crisp strike put the visitors back on course.
There is, though, little time for Wenger's squad to revel in their lofty position as the hectic festive schedule continues at St James' Park on Sunday against a team fast closing in on the top four following the 5-1 demolition of Stoke which was a seventh victory in nine Premier League games.
"Newcastle are in full confidence, they are doing well and won again on Boxing Day with a big score," said Wenger.
"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."
Arsenal will be without Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey for the rest of the festive matches, possibly even the third-round FA Cup date with Tottenham on January 4, after he limped off at Upton Park with a thigh problem.
Ramsey is due to undergo a scan and Wenger will be hoping that does not reveal a muscle tear which could keep the Wales international out for a longer period.
Wenger, though, does have some options, with Podolski back from a four-month hamstring injury lay-off, while Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky was left out completely on Boxing Day and England international Jack Wilshere is back from his two-game ban.
"We have a very short time to prepare, but maybe we can rotate a little bit as well," said Wenger.
"I will have to make the right decisions.
"I rested (Santi) Cazorla for a few games and you could see against West Ham he had an outstanding game and what a difference that makes when the player is fresh.
"I rested (Tomas) Rosicky, (Jack) Wilshere will come back from suspension, so we will have two more options.
"We have (defender) Laurent Koscienly who can maybe come back as well, maybe who is fresh as well."
Rosicky feels the Arsenal squad will again be ready to raise their game against the Toon Army.
"Obviously it will be a tough game, but Newcastle will always give you a good match," he said on Arsenal Player.
"It will be very interesting, I love these kind of games, so I am very much looking forward to playing them."
Walcott is another Arsenal player to have recently returned from an enforced lay-off.
The England forward, whose abdominal problem needed minor surgery, chalked up his second brace in three appearances, and Rosicky believes the 24-year-old brings a different dimension to the Arsenal frontline.
"The goalscoring threat is the main thing with Theo. You can see he is a very good finisher," Rosicky said.
"Since I joined Arsenal - Theo came six months earlier than me - I have seen him grow from let's say the kid when he arrived.
"You could see that he would be good finisher [then], which is what he is showing now.
"He is a real threat in the box, has got an eye for the goal so it is very good to have him back because you never have enough guys like that."
Podolski certainly made an impact when he came off the bench to slot home a fine left-footed strike on his first appearance since a fourth-month break because of a torn hamstring.
Rosicky is confident the German can make an impact as the race for the championship hots up heading into 2014.
"The same counts now for Podolski who is different type of player, but he has got the nose for goal," said the midfielder.
"Guys like that, with a smell for a goal, you can never have enough players like that so it is very good to have him back and for the boss to have another option to the attack. That is all very positive."
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is happy to be dealing with a different sort of headache to the one which plagued him 12 months ago.
The 52-year-old will send his side into Barclays Premier League battle with Arsenal on Sunday, just as he did on December 29 last year.
But this time around, he will do so with the Magpies sitting in sixth place in the table and with competition for places as strong as it has been during his three-year reign to date.
That is in stark contrast to the situation in which he found himself last year when injuries left him trying to patch together a team and hoping against hope owner Mike Ashley would help him out during the January transfer window.
Pardew said: "Last year, it was difficult to try to find 11 players to play. At the minute, it's difficult to find players to leave out.
"We are in great shape and we take it into the next game. That's all you can do in my experience of this league."
Newcastle will welcome the Gunners to St James' Park having collected their seventh league win in nine attempts on an eventful Boxing Day with a remarkable 5-1 victory over nine-man Stoke.
That was achieved without midfield enforcer Cheick Tiote, who sat out through suspension, and his absence was exposed during the early stages as Stoke took full advantage before their hopes were dashed by the premature departures of Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson.
Pardew admitted afterwards that his team had misfired in the early stages against the Potters, and while Tiote's replacement Hatem Ben Arfa starred in an impressive second-half display, Tiote will return to the fold against Arsene Wenger's men.
Asked if he faced a difficult decision over his team selection with Tiote available once again, he said: "Well it is and it isn't because Cheick will play, there's no doubt about that."
The Gunners returned to the top of the table with a 3-1 victory at West Ham on Thursday, and Pardew knows only too well the talent Wenger has at his disposal, particularly among a pool of midfielders which includes Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil, Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott, who scored a hat-trick in a 7-3 victory over the Magpies at the Emirates last December.
However, with Tiote and Yohan Cabaye - reportedly once again a target for Wenger during the forthcoming transfer window - also at the top of their respective games, Pardew is confident Newcastle can more than give them a game.
Asked about the Gunners good form, he replied: "Yes they are, but so are we and I think they will be as fearful of us as we are of them.
"We are at home and we will be expected by our fans to win the game."
Skipper Fabricio Coloccini played in that defeat at the Emirates, in which the scores were level at 3-3 with 21 minutes to play, but is certain the Magpies will make a better fist of things at St James' Park, where they lost 1-0 to the Gunners on the final day of last season.
He said: "We are looking forward to Arsenal as we have a lot of confidence. The spirit is very high and the team is working hard together. That's why we are going the right way.
"Arsenal are fighting to win the league. It's good, because we have played well against big teams.
"We try to play a similar way - we want to play good football. I think it's going to be a nice game to watch."
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