Newcastle Will Attack Arsenal Tomorrow Night

Chris Hughton seems to be looking forward to the Carling Cup at home tomorrow against the mighty Arsenal.

Chris Hughton – excited about the game tomorrow night

The last time Newcastle played Arsenal was in our relegation season, when the London side beat us 3-1 on 21st March last year, and that was after we were hammered 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium on August 30th, which turned out be Kevin Keegan’s very last game in charge of Newcastle United.

So Arsenal did the double on us that season, so that tells us it’s about time we won against Arsenal, and why not tomorrow night?

Chris talked about the game today to Sky Sports:

“It’s exciting in every round. We went to Accrington in our first game – I had been to watch a game there, but never played there and most of the players had never played there, so that was something new and exciting in itself.”

“To go to Stamford Bridge was always going to be tough, but it was a really exciting day in front of a full house at Stamford Bridge, and you couldn’t have got a more exciting game than that.”

“Now the fact that we are playing Arsenal, albeit that Arsenal will, I am quite sure, make several changes, as we will, it’s exciting in every round.”  “I am appreciative that it is a very big game for us. It’s a game we want to give the respect it deserves.”

“And it’s a competition we very much want to stay in.” “But I have a responsibility to look after the best interest of the squad and the club, and I will be making some changes.”

The Newcastle manager  is hoping to build on the momentum gained from the great league win over West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday, but the Londoner will still field a number of teenagers tomorrow night, and we expect Ferguson, Kadar, Vuckic and Ranger to all start against Arsenal.

And Chris is well aware that Newcastle’s biggest game so far this season is on Sunday afternoon against the old enemy,  Sunderland, and we must win that game – it’s a must-win game for Newcastle at home.

Let’s rephrase that – it’s another must-win game at home.

Chris continued:

“In this day and age and from where we are and we have been, we have to be conscious of that,”  “It’s a very big game for us at the weekend and what we can’t afford to do is under-estimate the importance of that game.”

“It’s a home game for us. Our support has had to wait a little while to get the fixture back, so it is a big game and I have to be conscious of that.”

Hughton is a manager who tries to win every game, home or away,  and that was apparent on Sunday as he played an aggressive 4-4-2 formation that paid off handsomely against West Ham, and Chris always does his homework on the opposition.

We know Arsenal are a very good side, and they have some top youngsters who will probably come into the side tomorrow night, but we think it can be another great game to watch – with Newcastle likely to attack Arsenal, just as they did Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the previous round – and that turned out to be such a classic game at Chelsea.

Chris continued:

“The important thing always is, whatever is going on, you have to be able to focus on what is the number one priority, and the number one is always trying to get results for this team.”

“You have to concentrate and you have to work around all the issue and hopefully get enough results.”  “Having a successful team, a winning team as we are at the moment, always makes things a little easier.”

If the team that is chosen to play tomorrow night can play somewhere near their best, then there is every chance Newcastle can reach the quarter finals of the Carling Cup – and that would be just great.

The game is also being televised live around the world, so let’s hope the lads make us proud again.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Oct 26, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #1

    gonna be tough but it’ll be good to see hughton play an attacking team .. if we can get out of the blocks quicker and get physical we can win it ..

  • sweendog

    Oct 26, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #2

    would love tiote to play but worried he could get injured .. if smith is on we need a 4-5-1 formation with the wing backs .. with tiote on 4-4-2 IMO

  • Nolan96

    Oct 26, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Even though Hughton has stated that this competition is not his first priority, shouldn’t the idea of playing in Europe motivate the players? I mean if we beat Arsenal we have overcome two of the so called big four and the path to the final would be easier than if we hadn’t played Arsenal/Chelsea this early in the competition. Survival in the premier league and a place in Europe would surely satisfy the fans for this season. I mean most are realistic.

  • judz1991

    Oct 26, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #4

    I see your point Nolan96, but what if big players are risked and some get injured jeopardising our survival hopes, what sounds better europa league or premier league survival, although both would be great !

  • sweendog

    Oct 26, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Nolan96 .. exactly mind you we’re gonna be playing the current best team in england .. hope arshavin and Fabregas aren’t playing .. imagine them running rings around smith …
    heop we get the first goal and keep the ball and stay physical … 2-3 changes not too much more otherwise it’ll be really tough ..

    ranger, kadar, ferguson would be my choices to come in ..

  • Nolan96

    Oct 26, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #6

    When you come to think of it, both are realistic as if we beat Arsenal then Man U are the only major contenders and we would be desperately unlucky to draw them in the next round. I didn’t neccesarily say that we had to use our first team but come to think of it, do Arsenal really come across as a dirty team? However i do see your point as well. It’s up to Hughton – who’d be a manager eh?

  • sweendog

    Oct 26, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #7

    team should be

    Simpson – Collo – Kadar – Ferguson
    Taylor – Tiote – Guthrie Guti
    Ranger – Shola

    Resting Nolan,Barton, Carroll, Williamson and the bull


    Oct 26, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #8

    If we go in attack-minded, we have to watch out that they don,t catch us out on the counter.

    I don,t think 1-0 will be enough to clinch it!

  • sweendog

    Oct 26, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #9

    only worry for me is Tiote .. but thats nearly the full team that beat Chelsea so they deserve it..

    sorry no harper … Krul

  • sweendog

    Oct 26, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #10

    NEWEXPATMAGPIE .. yep but its win or bust .. the last thing we need is a replay .. with Tiote on we’ve got 2 midfielders on 🙂 .. just hope no Arshavin and fabregas though ..

  • craigcoozy

    Oct 26, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #11

    bad news for tomoz guys,
    arsnal have turned up at hotel with there 1st team squad! arshavan nd all that ! looks like they takin it serious !

  • Nolan96

    Oct 26, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Does anyone know if Best is fit?

  • sweendog

    Oct 26, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #13

    craigcoozy game on .. lets see if Tiote is as good as we all think ..

  • roe997

    Oct 26, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #14

    just watching manure the look of matt jarvis,caused a lot of problems with his pace and his delivery was mint.worth a cheeky jan bid,he mite have a soft spot for a return to his native north east.

  • craigcoozy

    Oct 26, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #15

    sweendog was guna get a ticket like bt got feelin we’ll get hammered

  • Paul Collins

    Oct 26, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #16

    What has happened to Leon best?
    I’m sure i seen him selling the Evening Chronicle in Eldon Square the other week.

  • partizanovec

    Oct 26, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #17

    My team for tomorrow:
    But I think CH will give Perch a run in the first eleven.

  • baro

    Oct 26, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Bring it on Arsenal! We beat Chelsea and ur next in line to get a aSS kicking. Arshavin or whoever bring it on

  • jackdnufc

    Oct 26, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Sweendog- there are no replays in the League cup. Has to be decided by pens if no winner after 90mins and extra time.

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 26, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #20

    I think Partzan has got it spot on except Guthrie out wide and Loverman up front.

    Arsenal won’t be starting Arshavin, Fabregas et cetera, but they will be on the bench.

    We wanna go two goals down, so Wenger doesn’t think about making changes. And then with two minutes left we get three goals, courtesy of, none other than the man, the leg-end, Shola, who comes on with four minutes left.

    You heard it here first 😀

  • sweendog

    Oct 26, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #21

    19 jackdnufc .. yep so we have to win it then 🙂

  • branunited

    Oct 26, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #22

    this is the probable lineup to the arsenal used against our carling cup team tomorrow in the notes in a Mexican newspaper, is ninety-five percent likely that the use


    gibbs koscielny squillci djourou/vermalen

    thomas lansbury fabregas walcott/nasri

    vela bedtner

    sub: almunia, randall, song, eboue, chamakh, nasri/walcott

  • jackdnufc

    Oct 26, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #23


    “NEWEXPATMAGPIE .. yep but its win or bust .. the last thing we need is a replay .. ”

    I was confused by this comment you made; I couldn’t work out whether you knew there are no replays or not! 🙂

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 26, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #24

    I can’t see Fabregas starting. I reckon it’ll be that team (or something similar) but with Eboue starting

  • toon009

    Oct 26, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Wenger said he will start a lot of first team players.
    Walcott Bendtner for sure.

    I can see Arshravin starting.

  • atom

    Oct 27, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #26

    I would love a win tomorrow, but if I had to pick one between winning tomorrow and winning against Arsenal next week in the league, I would take the league win 10 times out of ten.

  • blackpaint

    Oct 27, 2010 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #27

    I’m working in Central London this week, can anyone suggest a geordie friendly pub to watch the game in. Got a good feeling about the match tonight, with an attack minded team, and everybody pulling there weight it will be if nothing else a good game to watch in enemy territory

  • Whitecap

    Oct 27, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #28

    I’d like to see Xisco get a run tomorrow, just because I haven’t seen him play in a while.

  • CT

    Oct 27, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #29

    Bran Utd@22,Don`t really know how to tell you this politely, but Mexico is 6 hours behind UK, so t`morrow news is really at least only , bolox, Can u see in the future timelord, then that`s interesting, if we know the result, we can all make a few quid!

  • branunited

    Oct 27, 2010 at 3:17 AM

    Comment #30

    ct @ 28, perhaps the newspaper where it came from the lineup here in mexico, is wrong, no doubt, to be honest I think recently,THE newspeper in Mexico have a reputation of being very sensationalist liars, so not all good. maybe the alignment of what they were deducted, but if not wrong, then the party will go with them to say as I rage hahaha, SALUDOS.

  • keng63

    Oct 27, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #31

    Wenger has already stated that szczesny, koscielny and walcott will start. He went on to say the would be very similar to the one that took care of spurs.

  • keng63

    Oct 27, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #32

    The squad would be similar that is

  • Darling27

    Oct 27, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #33

    Team Vs Arsenal


    GK Krul
    LB Ferguson
    CB Coloccini
    CB Kadar
    RB R. Taylor
    LW Løvenkrands
    DM Smith
    CM Guthrie
    CM Vuckic
    RW Routledge
    ST Ranger


    Söderberg, Simpson, Williamson, Tioté, Gutiérrez, Ameobi, Carroll

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 27, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #34

    *********** Krul
    Raylor ** Sol ** Collo ** Ferguson

    Rout * Vuckic ** Guthrie ** Xisco

    ****** Ranger ** McLoven

    Soderberg, Perch, Willo, Simo, Tiote, Smith, Ameobi

  • JakartaDean

    Oct 27, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #35

    Nobody’s got Carroll to start? CH likes him, he’s still young and fit and looking for experience. I’d play him, and I think Chris will.

    I don’t want to predict a score, but I can certainly see Walcott freezing Colo, or getting him headed off in the absolute wrong direction. Fabregas and Arshavin on him I can’t bear thinking about.


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