Sissoko skippers Newcastle against Arsenal team ‘close to his heart’

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MOUSSA Sissoko will lead Newcastle United against Arsenal – the club with which he has long been linked.

Vice-captain Sissoko will skipper John Carver’s side tomorrow in the absence of Fabricio Coloccini through suspension and Cheik Tiote through injury.

Coloccini serves the first game of a three-match ban, while Tiote’s season is over because of a knee injury.

“Moussa Sissoko will be because he is vice-captain,” said head coach Carver.

Sissoko admitted that Arsenal was a club “close to his heart” in January, when Arsene Wenger was linked with a move for him.

However, a bid did not materialise, and Sissoko, to Carver’s relief, stayed on Tyneside.

The 25-year-old said: “If Arsene Wenger calls, I’ll have a man-to-man ­discussion with him and then we’ll see.

“Arsenal has always been the club of my heart.”