Jack Colback switched to defence for injury-hit Newcastle

TALENTED ... Remy Cabella.
TALENTED ... Remy Cabella.

REMY Cabella and Ayoze Perez return to Newcastle United’s starting XI against Arsenal at St James’s Park this afternoon.

Cabella and Perez had come off the bench in last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

But head coach John Carver has handed them recalls, with Emmanuel Riviere and Gabriel Obertan dropping down to the bench for the Premier League game (3pm kick-off).

Carver, without suspended captain Fabricio Coloccini, has chosen to play Jack Colback at left-back, with Ryan Taylor switching to other side of his defence.

Right-back Daryl Janmaat is needed to partner Mike Williamson at centre-half.

Vurnon Anita is handed a start in midfield, and Olivier Kemen and Lubomir Satka are on the bench.

Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil is out of the Arsenal team through illness.

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NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; R Taylor, Janmaat, Williamson, Colback; Anita, Sissoko; Cabella, Gouffran, Ameobi; Perez. Subs: Elliot, Satka, Kemen, Gutierrez, Obertan, Armstrong, Riviere.

ARSENAL: Ospina, Chambers, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Alexis, Cazorla, Welbeck, Giroud. Subs: Szczesny, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Flamini, Rosicky, Walcott.