Big Sam has talked of our away tie in the third round of the Carling Cup against Arsenal.
Having seen the Arsenal game against Portsmouth at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (TV), Arsenal definitely seem to be coming back to their old form. It seems like many of their youngsters have developed well over the last season or two and they will be a power again this year. It will be tough tie for Newcastle but we can still get through on the night.
Looks like Newcastle have 3 games in 6 days coming up later in September – with the Arsenal tie in mid-week so it’s a chance for Sam to use his full squad so that everybody needs to participate that week.
Sam Allardyce – 3 games in 6 days will see Sam using his squad to the full
The game is at The Emirates on Tuesday, September 25 which is a very short two days after playing West Ham at St. James’ Park the previous Sunday. The following Saturday Newcastle are away to Manchester City so that’s 3 games in 6 days. How did we get into that mess?
Turns out we wanted the Arsenal game on the Wednesday but Tottenham are playing in North London that night and the two London teams wanted to keep their ties on separate nights. But these are 3 huge games for Newcastle so there’s a lot at stake that week, and let’s hope we don’t get too many injuries before that.
This is what Sam Allardyce told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œWe were looking for a bit of luck with the draw. Obviously, you were looking to get two big boys together later in the competition.â€ Iâ€™ve never won at Arsenal â€“ this would be the first time. I came close one year when Gilberto scored a late equalizer. Hopefully, I can go one better this time.â€
â€œHeâ€™ll play his squad players â€“ he always starts with them.” “â€œAnd weâ€™ll rotate our squad accordingly, just the same.â€
â€œThe tie drops in a difficult week for us because we play on the Sunday, then weâ€™re going to have to play them on the Tuesday night and the Saturday morning against Manchester City.â€
â€œTwo out of those three games are away from home, so thatâ€™s going to be a difficult week.â€ â€œItâ€™s a big challenge, and that week will give me the opportunity to use the whole squad.â€
If you look at the players that werenâ€™t available for selection against Wigan, it was quite frightening.â€ â€œHopefully, theyâ€™ll all be fit, or near-enough fit, as that week weâ€™ll need to travel with everybody and use the whole squad for three games in six days.â€
The game at Arsenal on the night has to have a result, so there’s even a chance that we’ll need to play extra time and it could even go to penalties. There’s always a first time for everything so a win at Arsenal is not out of the question. The Carling Cup is our very best chance of a trophy this year so we’ll need to give it all we’ve got, which I’m sure the lads will do.
It’s just too early in our season to be knocked out of one of only three competitions we are in this year. We’ll need to rely on our new defense to keep the game level and maybe one of our strikers can get a goal.
Hey, what’s the odds of Newcastle winning all 3 games in those 6 days 😀