Wenger To Field Strong Side Against Newcastle

Arsene Wenger will select a strong side for tomorrow night’s Carling Cup 4th round trip to Newcastle United.

Theo Walcott – 21 year-old expected to start tomorrow night

Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott are now both fit and ready after they both made substitute appearance in Arsenal’s fine 3-0 win at Eastlands on Sunday afternoon.

There is news from down south that youngsters Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Kieran Gibbs, Henri Lansbury, and 20 year-old 6’5″ ambitious Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will all be included for the trip north to St. James’ Park.

French central defender Laurent Koscielny has now recovered from his back problem, but Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles), Robin van Persie (ankle), Manuel Almunia (elbow) and Aaron Ramsey (leg) are still out with injury, while 18 year-old England midfielder Jack Wilshere is still on a three-match ban for his sending off against Birmingham – and that’s good from a Newcastle viewpoint.

Newcastle will also include a number of their top youngsters for the game tomorrow night,  and teenagers Shane Ferguson, Tamas Kadar, Haris Vuckic and Nile Ranger are all expected to get starts against the London giants, who are currently in second place in the Premier League.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • john_cena163

    Oct 26, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #1

    V hav our own walcott (wayne)

  • Ericles

    Oct 26, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Surely now this is proof we need to field our strongest possible team? Are we sincere about going all out for this competition or not? Have our youngsters on the bench by all means and go out to get into the draw for the next round. I just dread another home loss because CH wants to play around with what IS an important fixture. Stick with the team that played Saturday.

  • judz1991

    Oct 26, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Apparenly the last thing Paul The Octopus did before he took his last breath was predict wins for The Toon against arsenal and the mackems!

  • Davies

    Oct 26, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Ericles, almost every post with you is a moan. I know you’ve been supporting the Toon since before I was born, so you should surely be used the the way things go for us by now.

    I do agree that this competition is important, but this season is more about consolidation than silverware. We need to make sure we have the best possible team for our league matches to eliminate any possibility of another relegation. We can build on that and, maybe, have a look at the cups next year.

    For now, I do have a little faith in the younger players. They’ve done us proud so far and managed to beat Chelsea in their own back yard.

    We’ve had enough to moan about over the last month or so. Let’s not add to the list needlessly.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 26, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Lets face it lads, it DOES NOT MATTER who Arsenal field tonight because all of their players are strong, even their reserves.

    The deciding factors are:

    1. Who we field.
    2. Our Formation.
    3. Our aims in this cup.

  • Mo Drysdale

    Oct 26, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Team for Wed:


    Raylor Perch Campbell Ferguson

    Routledge Guthrie Smith Lovenkrands



  • wynsleap

    Oct 26, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Right now the game that matters most of all is the one against the Mackems.
    Yes the Cup game is a nice diversion and a win would be great but if it resulted in one or more top players being injured for the weekend the moans, groans and complaints would be deafening.
    Put the faith in our second string – there are some cracking competitors and talent there – let them enjoy the experience and if we lose (not guaranteed) then so be it. For this season 3 points on Sunday are far more important.

  • Ericles

    Oct 26, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Davies – I make no bones about the fact that I think that CH is tactically naive. I make no bones about the fat that I think we should play our strongest team in all competitions. I never saw Mitten choose a weak team, nor Harvey, or McFaul, nor Wor Bobby, or Kevin, when it came to those games NUFC saw the chance of silver. I have faith in our youngsters and our senior players – it is just after all these years I look at CH witha somewhat more experienced set of memories.

  • stuart no9

    Oct 26, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #9

    1 agree with you 1oo%, this year is a year when we try to find our feet again, after being promoted from that awful league ,however i do understand what ericles is saying , in terms of wanting to win the game, erm, its a tough call,i would like to see CH put a strong side out to win the game, on the other hand, you have to give the kids a chance, and test them, and they dont come any harder than arsenal boys i think CH 0is in a no win situ with this one what ever team he puts is going to be the wrong one (unless we win) Tough call, idont know, just hope for a good performance, sneak a couple of goals, maybe? then,,,,,who knows?, just remember, it is only the carling cup, enjoy.

  • Moreno

    Oct 26, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #10

    you have to give Vuckic, Ranger etc a game now and again to keep them happy at the club.

    League cup perfect for that, what would we prefer? Win the league cup get relegated, or stay up and get knocked out of league cup?

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 26, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #11

    ************* Krul
    Raylor ** Sol ** Willo * Ferguson

    Rout **** Smith * Guthrie * Xisco

    ******* Ranger ** Shola

    Soderberg, Collo, Kadar, Vuckic, Jonas, McLoven, Carroll

  • wynsleap

    Oct 26, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Ericles – the reason why Mitten never chose a weakened team was due to the woeful standard at that time of the reserve team. There was also no Europe to aim for so the cups were a great chance for glory.
    Harvey and McFaul operated in a time when there were no Big 4 (or 5) so far ahead ahead of the rest in terms of financial muscle and subsequent playing squads, so it was quite “safe” to put out a top team in ALL competitions as everyone was doing it. No club had the luxury of putting out two different top class teams as Man U, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City can today.
    Sir Bobby and Kevin I can’t argue with – but even they didn’t live under the cloud of the “money is everything” situation as exists today where Premiership survival is paramount to anything due to the financial rewards it brings.
    Those clubs (like us) who aren’t bankrolled beyond belief have to be a little canny as to how we go about our business.

  • Darling27

    Oct 26, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Team for Wed:


    R Taylor Campbell Kadar Ferguson

    Routledge Guthrie Smith Lovenkrands



    Soderberg, Coloccini, Perch, Tiote, Gutiérrez, Ameobi, Carroll

  • tjshawsey

    Oct 26, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Considering CH’s mentality I would probably go for that team too. Gives Guthrie a runout with Vuckic playing in his favourite role, and the first teamers a break. Though Sol might be swapped for Colo if he can’t keep fit.

  • Ericles

    Oct 26, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #15

    I bow to the comments made here today. Whatever – I just hope whoever plays for us tomorrow they give a lovely account of themselves.
    And we the fans can look forward to meeting at Wembley next year. Why not? Howay the lads.

  • pizzicatochan

    Oct 26, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Actually, who defeated Chelski the last round? I believe these so-called “fringe” players of ours are hungry players who are able to get the game done. Therefore, why not playing them?


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