Premier League - Arsenal leave out Fabregas, Nasri
The pair are reportedly close to leaving the Emirates Stadium for Barcelona and Manchester City respectively, and will play no part in the Gunners' game at St James' Park.
Manager Arsene Wenger said there were no developments concerning his star players, and insisted: "I expect nobody to leave. There is no news. If there is news, I promise I will give it."
On Thursday night, manager Wenger said he wanted the situation surrounding the pair to be resolved as soon as possible.
"We hope it will be sorted out very quickly one way or the other. We will know very quickly," he said.
"The Nasri situation is stable. Again it is very difficult to speak about possible transfers, but we are in a situation where we have to make decisions one way or the other.
"Ideally you want it to be sorted out before the season starts."
Fabregas is set to return to his first club Barcelona for a fee of around £27m, while Nasri - whose contract expires next summer - could set City back a reported £22m.
Both players had been named in the squad for the Champions League play-off against Udinese.
Wenger also confirmed midfielder Jack Wilshere would miss the Newcastle trip because of an ankle injury, saying: "Jack Wilshere has been put in a (protective) boot.
"He has an inflamed ankle and it is difficult to set any specific date on his return, but we hope he will be back soon."
In July, Wenger admitted that the loss of both players would call Arsenal's ambition into question.
"Imagine the worst situation - we lose Fabregas and Nasri - you cannot convince people you are ambitious after that," he said.
"And even if you lose Nasri, to find the same quality player, you have to spend again the same amount of money. Because you cannot say, you lose the player and you do not replace him.
"I believe for us it is important the message we give out. For example, you talk about Fabregas leaving, Nasri leaving.
"If you give that message out, you cannot pretend you are a big club, because a big club first of all holds on to its big players and gives a message out to all the other big clubs that they just cannot come in and take away from you."