Arsenal’s task against Newcastle could be about to get a whole lot tougher with Moussa Sissoko in line to return from the groin strain that ruled him out against Manchester United.

With the Gunners only registering one win so far this season, they will be hoping that they can get another three points on the board in the weekend’s early kick-off, but with Sissoko in the side Newcastle are instantly more dangerous.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 1 : Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle in action during the Pre Season Friendly between Newcastle United and Borussia Moenchengladbach at St James' Park on August 1, 2015 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Sissoko picked up his injury against Swansea (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Speaking after the Capital One Cup win over Northampton Town on Tuesday night, manager Steve McClaren said of the 26-year-old “It’s touch and go, but it would be nice to get him back, and also Daryl (Janmaat) is back, so we started the week well, continued it and we have a pretty big game on Saturday now.”

Buoyed by their draw against United, the Magpies will certainly be hopeful of getting a result against Arsenal and with Arsene Wenger’s men struggling to find the back of the net despite creating more chances than any other side in the league, they’re going to need to be at the very top of their game to get anything at St. James’.

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