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Fri, 17 May 2013 11:57:00

England international Jack Wilshere, set to have an operation on his troublesome ankle next week, is on stand-by for Arsenal.

The Gunners have a major doubt over midfielder Mikel Arteta (calf) for the game at Newcastle, which means Wilshere could be drafted in to start and play on painkillers if required.

Striker Olivier Giroud returns from a three-match suspension and could be set to start the match.

Midfielder Abou Diaby (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has a host of players missing for the final match of the season.

Midfielder Cheikh Tiote was forced off in the win over QPR with a hamstring problem, but is expected to start.

Moussa Sissoko, striker Shola Ameobi and defender Ryan Taylor are all out with knee problems.

Davide Santon (hamstring), Steven Taylor (illness) and Massadio Haidara (hamstring) could all return to bolster their defence.

Goalkeeper Steve Harper, who has been with the club since 1993, will play his last game at St. James' Park as Tim Krul is injured and Rob Elliot is suspended.

Arsenal have a major doubt over midfielder Mikel Arteta (calf) for the game at Newcastle.

That means England international Jack Wilshere, set to have an operation on his troublesome ankle next week, is on stand-by should he deemed fit enough to start and play on painkillers.

Striker Olivier Giroud returns from a three-match suspension and could be set to start the match.

Midfielder Abou Diaby (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has a host of players missing for the final match of the season.

Midfielder Cheikh Tiote was forced off in the win over QPR with a hamstring problem, but is expected to start.

Moussa Sissoko, striker Shola Ameobi and defender Ryan Taylor are all out with knee problems.

Davide Santon (hamstring), Steven Taylor (illness) and Massadio Haidara (hamstring) could all return to bolster their defence.

Goalkeeper Steve Harper, who has been with the club since 1993, will play his last game at St. James' Park as Tim Krul is injured and Rob Elliot is suspended.

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