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Follow along as the Mags visit the Emirates today

That sweater is about as ugly as the 3-7 loss two years ago.
That sweater is about as ugly as the 3-7 loss two years ago.
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It's the start of a massive week for Newcastle United, as there's a Capital One Cup tie mid week and the derby next Sunday. But first things first, it's a trip to Arsenal. The Emirates have been a bit of a house of horrors for Newcastle. Since returning to the Premier League, the Mags have been outscored 12-5 at the Emirates, and have managed only one win.

This is also an important match, as both teams are level on 23 points and are pushing for European qualification. Newcastle (surprise) have a goal differential problem, but have had the wins to justify their position.

This game will also see a reunion of sorts, as Mathieu Debuchy is expected to play. Arsenal's injury concerns have forced the former Newcastle star into a center back position. So, this could be fun.

Follow along with us, as Newcastle try to exercise some demons in London.

Newcastle United

League Position: 7th, 23 points

Form: WWWLDW

Leading Goal Scorer: Papiss Cisse (7)

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NUFC?src=hash">#NUFC</a> v <a href="https://twitter.com/Arsenal">@Arsenal</a> (4-2-3-1): Alnwick; Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Dummett; Tiote, Colback; Gouffran, Perez, Ameobi; Cisse <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ARSNEW?src=hash">#ARSNEW</a></p>&mdash; Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/NUFC/status/543805054957150209">December 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NUFC?src=hash">#NUFC</a> Subs v <a href="https://twitter.com/Arsenal">@Arsenal</a>: Woodman, Haidara, Anita, Vuckic, Cabella, Armstrong, Riviere <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ARSNEW?src=hash">#ARSNEW</a></p>&mdash; Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/NUFC/status/543805078302629888">December 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Arsenal

League Position: 6th, 23 points

Form: WLLWWL

Leading Goal Scorer: Alexis Sanchez (9)

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Arsenal?src=hash">#Arsenal</a> team v Newcastle: Szczesny, Bellerin, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis, Welbeck, Giroud</p>&mdash; Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) <a href="https://twitter.com/Arsenal/status/543805070400561153">December 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Arsenal?src=hash">#Arsenal</a> subs: Martinez, Ajayi, Coquelin, Maitland-Niles, Campbell, Podolski, Sanogo <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AFCvNUFC?src=hash">#AFCvNUFC</a></p>&mdash; Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) <a href="https://twitter.com/Arsenal/status/543805129657708544">December 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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