Newcastle’s stand-in captain revealed ahead of Arsenal clash

ARMBAND ... Sissoko.
ARMBAND ... Sissoko.

MOUSSA Sissoko will lead Newcastle United against Arsenal – the club with which he has long been linked.

Sissoko will skipper John Carver’s side tomorrow in the absence of Fabricio Coloccini through suspension and vice-captains Cheik Tiote and Siem de Jong through injury.

Coloccini will serve the first game of a three-match ban for last weekend’s red card against Everton.

“Moussa Sissoko will be because he is vice-captain,” said head coach Carver.

Sissoko admitted that Arsenal was a club “close to his heart” in January, when Arsene Wenger was linked with a move for him.

However, a bid did not materialise, and Sissoko, to Carver’s relief, stayed on Tyneside.

The 25-year-old said: “If Arsene Wenger calls, I’ll have a man-to-man ­discussion with him and then we’ll see.

“Arsenal has always been the club of my heart.”