After scooping November’s Manager of the Month award, Alan Pardew attempts to overturn one of his least favourite opponents when Newcastle travel to Arsenal for the late Saturday kick-off.

Pardew has beaten Arsenal just twice out of 11 attempts in his managerial career but will be hoping his in-form side can follow up their defeat of title-chasing Chelsea last week.

Star of the show last week was Papiss Cisse but the Senegal striker may have to settle for a place on the bench against the Gunners as Pardew continues to manage the striker’s ongoing knee trouble.

That means Ayoze Perez could lead the line up front but will not be supported by Remy Cabella as he continues to play a bit-part role in Newcastle’s season. Pardew has said this week that the Frenchman is struggling with the physical demands of the Premier League and will continue to be in and out of the team until he is fully acclimatised.

21-year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick will make his first ever Newcastle United start in goal after Rob Elliot was ruled out until February with injury and Tim Krul also sidelined.

Fabricio Coloccini returned to the team last week and showed no ill effects of a calf injury so should continue in the centre of defence. He will be joined by either Mike Williamson or Paul Dummett, with Steven Taylor suspended.

Moussa Sissoko is also suspended, while Mehdi Abeid and Rolando Aarons are not expected to feature. Davide Santon, Siem de Jong, Gabriel Obertan and Ryan Taylor are all injured.

Arsenal enjoyed a resounding 4-1 win over Galatasaray in the Champions League in midweek, partly thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s stunning volley. The Welshman was withdrawn early to rest for tomorrow so should start.

Former Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy made a return from injury in Turkey and may be in line for a start against his old side. Fellow defender Calum Chambers is suspended.

Nacho Monreal, Jack Wilshere, Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta and Theo Walcott are all injured and will not be involved.

A win for Newcastle could move them above Arsenal into sixth in the table, as both sides look to pressure Southampton and West Ham in the top five.