Opportunity for Newcastle to Beat Arsenal


Sam Allardyce will take his new look Newcastle team to North London tonight and try to ensure that they are definite underdogs against Arsenal’s second string.

While that sounds a little strange, it’s probably very true, since in the past the Arsenal youngsters have performed admirably against older opposition.

Arsene Wenger has already said he will give games tonight to many of his youngsters, who are of course all top class players.

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Sam Allardycechance that Newcastle can beat the young Arsenal side?

Allardyce talked about Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger yesterday:

“I’ve never disrespected him in any way, shape or form. It’s more the opposite – but that’s life, as we say.” “We had good results against them, although we never won at Arsenal. I am not telling you the key to rattling them. Arsene’s not managed to work it out yet, so I might as well keep it going.”

“We’re certainly underdogs in this game because they’re the best team in the Premier League right now. They’ve got the best squad.” “We must make sure that the players are aware of how we managed to beat them at Bolton. If they take that on board, they’ll have a chance. If they don’t, we could suffer at the hands of Arsenal – like many teams have this year.”

“I have total admiration for Arsene. He has done a terrific job and his side play terrific football. He’s rebuilt a team in a way that few managers could do.” “There’s only one manager done it before and that’s Alex Ferguson, and he’s rebuilt four teams and he’s still top of the tree.”

“Arsene’s the only other one who keeps taking players out and replacing them, and is still producing success.” “It didn’t happen last year, but it looks like it will this season. Who doesn’t enjoy watching Arsenal?”

“Their conversion of chances into goals has increased by at least 50 per cent. “That’s why they’re top of the league. They created just as many chances last year but missed them. Now, they’re creating them and scoring.”

Allardyce has upset Wenger a few times before when he managed Bolton. Big Sam was frequently accused of employing rough tactics against Arsenal. Newcastle will however be full of confidence after their professional display on Sunday against West Ham, which they won fairly easily in the end 3-1.

Big Sam will field his strongest possible line-up as he has already indicated that he believes the Carling Cup is probably Newcastle best chance of some success this season. Goalkeeper Shay Given will be recalled as will Steven Taylor and Oba Martins. Groin victioms Michael Owen and Claudio Cacapa will miss the game and Martins will partner Mark Viduka up front. Mark got two good goals on Sunday and had probably his best game for Newcastle. He will be an important figure for the Magpies tonight. Jose Enrique and Abdoulaye Faye are also expected to get their first starts for the club, with Enrique at left back and Faye in central midfield, probably in place of Nicky Butt.

But Sam Allardyce is trying to get the Newcastle team ready for a very tough game even though a lot of the Gunner’s first team regulars will not feature tonight.

Sam continued:

“He plays the kids every week. He plays Fabregas every week and what’s he? A kid. Denilson and all that lot.”“It’s not about whether they’re kids or not, it’s about how much experience they have. And they have lots.”

“Last season, those so-called kids got Arsenal right the way through to the Carling Cup final. This time, they should be even better.”

But we don’t expect Cesc Fabregas to be involved tonight because Arsene will want to rest the 20 year-old for bigger games ahead. While this will not be an easy game for Newcastle, the fact that a lot of Arsenal’s stars will not be playing has to make the Newcastle task a little easier. At least logic would say that – but there again Arsene has some terrific youngsters that will be getting a try out to tonight.

It promises to be a fascinating game.

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10 comments so far

  • Bobby Ollox

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    It all depends on which Newcastle team turns up – the one that wanted to put on a show against Wham, or the one which couldnt be arsed at Derby.
    If it is the former, we have a good chance I think – AW looks likely to put out an experimental team, and we should be bouyed by sundays performance. Scared of Walcott though – he can be sharp.

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  • Willowtoon

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    The trouble playing Arsenal’s 2nd string is that they are all desperate to prove they shpuld be 1st string. It wil be very tough but we have to believe we can go to the top 4 and win. Only then will we take the first steps to being top 4 ourselves.

    This will be a good yardstick whatever the result. At least with our defence we ar ea lot more solid than last time we went to Arsenal.

    Also remember that Martins destroyed Arsenal in the Champions League for Inter as well as Sam’s history against them.

    Can not wait for the game – come on the toon……..

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  • Graeme

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    If we play as well as we did on Sunday, we have a fighting chance. With Owen dropped for Martins, Enrique in at FB which releases the Zog to left mid, we looked a much better team. More width, more pace, more options – must be good for the team to create more chances.

    A hard fought game, but I think we could shade it 2-1!! Shame its not being broadcast though.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    I reckon it’ll be a high-scoring draw after 90 mins. Our extra fitness might count over extra time, although they’re all young whipper snappers who can run all night – so I’m not sure who has the advantage. If it goes to penalties then I’d back our experience to win through.
    I’m going tonight, and if it’s anything like last years game against Watford we should be in for an absolute belter!!

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  • Good to be a GOONAH!!

    Sep 25, 2007 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Your lot have had a quietly good start to the season… clearly, NUFC are a much better side than before.

    We’ll start our kids tonight… you’ll probably fancy your chances and Big Sam tends to play his first team in these situations. Should be a great match.

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  • Craig Allen

    Sep 25, 2007 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Enjoy Toon Chicken, wish I could go too. They’ve only felt to broadcast the reading v pool game for some reason. What, a Newcastle vs goners not good enough? damn.

    I hope the team shows up and fights until the end no matter the result. Looking forward to seeing how the combinations pan out. Hope there’s at least commentary on the game somewhere for me to stare at.

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 25, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    hopefully we can c off these kids n progres to the last 16 but a think every 1ns head has to be in the right place

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  • eastendtoon

    Sep 25, 2007 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #8

    i know BSA tactics… he’ll be telling our boys to go in strong, stay close, dont let them breath

    cant believe i’m a london geordie and couldnt get a ticket, and if thats not bad enough… its not on the box!

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  • John

    Sep 25, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Hey , Does anyone know off any web sites were you could watch the game .. some Turkish channel or somthing like that?

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  • Cam_Toon

    Sep 25, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #10

    I think the radio com is on newcastle world….

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