Chris Hughton has made a full nine changes for the Arsenal Carling Cup tie tonight, from the side that played at West Ham last Saturday.
The only players to start tonight who played at West Ham on Saturday are Krul in goal as expected, and Mike Williamson at center-back.
And as we expected Nile Ranger, Peter Lovenkrands, Haris Vuckic, Alan Smith, Wayne Routledge, Ryan Taylor, Tamas Kadar and Danny Guthrie are some of the lads who will start tonight.
However, Hughton has named a strong bench featuring Andy Carroll, Joey Barton, Chiek Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini.
The only change from the team we thought would start is Perch at left back for Shane Ferguson, so it could be that Shane is injured, since he’s not even on the bench.
But this team is basically the second eleven, just as it was at Chelsea, which at least shows that Chris has confidence in these players.
Chris starts with a 4-4-2 formation as expected, with Nile Ranger and Peter Lovenkrands the two boys up front. But Chris has some top players on the bench – just in case.
Arsene Wenger plays a fairly experienced side, which includes Rosicky, Koscielny, Denilson, Walcott, Vela, Eboue and Bendtner who have good first team experience.
It’s a strong Arsenal line-up for a game that Arsenal really want to win, and the London side also has a strong bench with first-teamers Fabianski, Sagna, Fabregas and Arshavin ready to play if needed.
A win is what we want to see, but we’ll be happy enough if the lads play well and give a very good account of themselves – and then we can smash Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United: Krul; R Taylor, Williamson, Kadar, Perch; Guthrie, Smith, Vuckic, Routledge; Ranger, Lovenkrands.
Subs: Soderberg, Coloccini, Enrique, Barton, Gutierrez, Tiote, Carroll.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Koscielny, Rosicky, Vela, Walcott, Denilson, Djourou, Eboue, Gibbs, Eastmond, Bendtner.
Subs: Fabianski, Sagna, Fabregas, Arshavin, Emmanuel-Thomas, Lansbury, Nordtveit