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Brazil full-back Andre Santos could return to the Arsenal squad for the game after recovering from a broken ankle.

Midfielder Mikel Arteta is available having been rested for the midweek Champions League win over AC Milan because of a blow to the head at Liverpool, while Wales captain Aaron Ramsey (ankle) should also be involved.

Yossi Benayoun has been out with a virus, while there were no other fresh injuries from midweek. Abou Diaby (hamstring), defender Francis Coquelin (hamstring), centre-back Per Mertesacker (ankle) and midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) remain sidelined.

Newcastle striker Peter Lovenkrands could miss the rest of the season after he suffered a suspected ruptured thigh muscle.

The Denmark international is definitely out against Arsenal and could even have played his last game for the club with his contract due to expire at the end of the campaign.

Manager Alan Pardew otherwise has no fresh injury concerns, with Shola Ameobi having recovered from the bout of illness which limited him to the substitutes’ bench last weekend, and has just long-term absentees Leon Best and Sammy Ameobi (both knee), Steven Taylor (Achilles) and Sylvain Marveaux (groin) still missing.

Arsenal (from): Szczesny, Vermaelen, Sagna, Gibbs, Koscielny, Walcott, Park, Song, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh, Rosicky, van Persie, Gervinho, Fabianski, Jenkinson, Djourou, Miquel, Santos, Arteta, Ramsey, Benayoun.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Elliot, Harper, Simpson, Santon, Ferguson, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Tiote, Cabaye, R. Taylor, Obertan, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Abeid, Gosling, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi.

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