Alan Pardew returns to the touchline for the first time in seven games tonight, as Newcastle travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal.

The Toon boss has served his suspension for headbutting Hull’s David Meyler and his first game back sees him go up against a manager he has had previous with, having clashed with Arsene Wenger while in charge of West Ham back in 2006.

Pardew has vowed to keep his emotions in check from now on though, so tonight’s clash will be the first test of the 52-year-old’s temper since he planted a nut on Meyler.

On the pitch, Pardew may be helped by the return of Moussa Sissoko. The powerful midfielder has been missing for the last three games with a hamstring injury but has returned to training this week and could be involved in some capacity in the capital.

Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy were both called on from the bench in the defeat to Swansea last time out and should make their first starts since returning to the squad from injury.

Papiss Cisse will miss the rest of the season – and potentially the start of next – with a broken kneecap, while the injury that Luuk de Jong suffered against Swansea will keep him out tonight. Davide Santon’s season is also over thanks to injury.

Hatem Ben Arfa’s involvement is unclear. The Frenchman has been back in his homeland this week and there are conflicting reports regarding the reason for the trip. Some say he will be back in time for the Arsenal game, while others are suggesting another row with Pardew has resulted in him being extradited there for the rest of the season.

Arsenal will be without Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs and Serge Gnabry but club captain Thomas Vermaelen is set to return. Abou Diaby has been out for over a year with injury but made a 45 minute appearance for the Gunners’ reserves earlier this week.

Aaron Ramsey has recently returned from injury for Arsene Wenger’s side and has picked up where he left off. The Welshman netted against Hull last time out and should be in the starting line up again tonight.

German striker Lukas Podolski is also in great form. The former Bayern Munich striker has scored a brace in his last two games for the Gunners.

A win for Newcastle would only keep them in ninth place in the Premier League table but extend their cushion above Stoke, while Arsenal need the win to edge closer to the lucrative fourth place in the table, guaranteeing them Champions League football again next season.