By Wayne Veysey

18th Jan, 2021 | 5:29pm

Sources: Andy Carroll set to start for Newcastle tonight in new-look formation

Newcastle United are planning to line up in a 4-4-2 with Andy Carroll starting up front against Arsenal tonight, Football Insider understands.

Steve Bruce is ready to hand Carroll just his third Premier League start of the season and his first since September.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider the Newcastle boss is set to pair Carroll and Callum Wilson in a two-pronged attack.

Bruce has played a five-man defence in the previous five matches and that has been his preferred formation for much of the campaign.

Wilson has led the line in their 5-4-1 formation but Bruce is set to change his line up after they became the first side this season to lose to bottom side Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

The 60-year-old hinted that he was set to change his tactics after the game at Bramall Lane.

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He told the Chronicle: “I’ve let them be comfortable but the gloves are off now. I’m going to do it my way, the way I see fit, and see where we are.”

That appears to be a change to a front two with Carroll set for a rare start after he led the line against tonight’s opposition Arsenal in the FA Cup third round.

The 32-year-old played 105 minutes at the Emirates as an extra-time Emile Smith Rowe winner saw the Gunners progress.

After their defeat to Sheffield United, Newcastle are in serious threat of being dragged into a relegation battle.

However, a win tonight would see them move 10 points ahead of Fulham who occupy the final relegation place.

Since he moved back to St. James’ Park from West Ham in the summer of 2019, Carroll has scored just once.

In other news, a top pundit has tipped Newcastle United to sign a defender on a loan-to-buy deal.