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Team News: Arsenal target Cabaye left out by Newcastle
NEWCASTLE UNITED have not included Yohan Cabaye in the starting line-up for tonight's Premier League opener at Manchester City.
The uncertainty surrounding his future has intensified after Arsenal had a £10m offer rejected at St James' Park earlier today.
Arsenal are now weighing up whether to make a fresh bid for a player rated at nearer to £20m by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
Cabaye's absence at the Etihad Stadium means Jonas Gutierrez starts the first game. It is unclear whether he or Moussa Sissoko will sit in the middle alongside Cheik Tiote.
City, after an expensive summer, boast new signings Jesus Navas and Fernandinho in their ranks for manager Manuel Pellegrini's first competitive game in English football.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-4-2): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva; Dzeko, Aguero. Subs (not used): Pantilimon (gk), Kolarov, Negredo, Milner, Rodwell, Nasri, Javi Garcia.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Debuchy, Taylor, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa; Tiote, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Gouffran; Cisse. Subs (not used): Elliot (gk), Dummett, Anita, Marveaux, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.
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