Ameobi And Carroll Unlikely To Both Start At Arsenal


Our two local strikers, Shola Ameobi and Andy Carroll,  have both started up  front in the last two league games, and we’ve won both games, with two excellent performances and 7 goals scored.

Shola – showing great form this season – so far

The 2-1 win at West Ham showed Newcastle at their best after the first 20 minutes, when we admittedly looked anything but secure, but after that Tiote, Barton and Nolan seemed to completely run the game for the Magpies – and we got a terrific 2-1 win, which Chris said was the best performance by a Newcastle team since he took over as manager.

Chris may have had to change his mind on that one, after Sunday’s performance and the 5-1 win over Sunderland,  because that game.  and  the way the lads played and completely routed the opposition,  will be talked about for generations on Tyneside.

After those two good performances you would you think Chris Hughton would start the same side against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday, but that may not happen, as Chris may revert back to his 4-5-1 formation.

Hughotn may have to do that to combat one of the best midfields in the Premier League,  and there will then be room in the starting line-up for just one of the big local strikers.

Shola Ameobi, who had another excellent game on Sunday and scored two good goals,  is hoping Chris will keep a 4-4-2 formation for Sunday’s game, as he said today:

“People didn’t think it would work but I know Andy’s game,” “Just because we’re both big lads doesn’t mean we can’t play together – we’ve shown that in the last couple of games.”

“When we’re on our game we’re a match for anyone in the Premier League.” “I think defences will find us difficult to deal with. Now we just need to keep doing the same things week-in, week-out.”

“I know Andy didn’t score on Sunday but he was absolutely terrific. His determination was incredible – he created so much.” “It’s a partnership in it’s early stages but I’m really, really confident it will work.”

If we can get anything at all out of the Arsenal game we’ll be happy enough, but we’re not expecting much,  but then we have two home games in the following   week  – both at home.

We play Blackburn on the following Wednesday, and then Fulham on the following Saturday, so we expect Chris to attack in both games with a 4-4-2 formation and both big lads up front.

The goal surely is to win both those two home games, and it’s now likely the crowd at St. James’ Park will start to increase near to capacity,  as Newcastle are also playing very good attacking football, after the disasters of Blackpool and Stoke and the near disaster of Wigan.

But nothing is ever certain with Newcastle of course – nothing – so we’ll just have to wait – and hope – and see – but if the lads can get 6 points from their next 3 games, we’ll be in a very good position so early in the season,  with 20 points from 13 league games, and we’ll be buzzing.

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12 comments so far

  • toontime

    Nov 5, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Apologies for posting something which isn’t entirely related to the article, however have you lads and lasses heard that the Mackems have had to change their ticket office phone number from 5515151.

    Apparently this is absolutely true and if you ring the number now it states that the number has been changed. Quality!!!

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  • munch27

    Nov 5, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    I think it would be a mistake to change the team and formation for the Gooners , as the old adage goes “if it ain’t broken don’t fix it” .

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  • toontime

    Nov 5, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Oh, and their post code is SR5 1TR!!!

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  • toontime

    Nov 5, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    With regards to the selection on Sunday, it really depends on how much we want from the game. I dare say the only way we would pull off a surprising win would be to go for it with the 2 strikers and hope that Arsenal have an off day. But to leave Nolan (not the most defensive of midfielders, especially in the form he is in at the minute) and Tiote in the middle to look after their midfield would certainly be a gamble.
    My feeling is that he will revert to playing Nolan off Carroll and bring another central midfielder in, probably Guthrie.
    Always good to be able to bring Shola off the bench to search for an equaliser or winner in the last 25 – 30 minutes!

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  • Hugo_Viana

    Nov 5, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    My team for Arsenal would be:

    Krul

    Simpson, Coloccini, Sol, Enrique
    *************Tiote***********
    Barton******Guthrie*****Gutierrez
    ********Nolan****************
    ***************Carroll********

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  • StevieGee

    Nov 5, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #6

    I would’ve thought going on Hughton’s past form he’d stick with the winning team. He usually does that after a good performance. I hope he does as I think we stand a better chance if we get in to them.

    I’ll be at the Emirates on Sunday, sadly sat in the Gooners end with my mate who got me a ticket. I’ve got £5 on The Toon to win 3-2 at 26-1. Fingers crossed aye!!

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  • munch27

    Nov 5, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Guthrie was $hite in the cup all be it out of pos and tbh i’d rather pull joey in and give Rayls ago on the wing.

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  • munch27

    Nov 5, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    or maybe play smudge in holding role and see what Tiote has got going forward .

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  • Sav

    Nov 5, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Only one thing better than a great big lad/little lad combination up front – 2 big lads!!!!

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  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 5, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #10

    As I posted just before the cup game, if we pressure them and work at getting the ball crossed into their box they will go on the back foot. If you look at the games that Arsenhole lose they are generally pressured in the midfield which kills their passing game and when they can’t get their passing game going they start to stagnate.

    We need to get in about them from the first whistle and close them down fast, the two big lads were dropping back and helping out the last two games and that is what they will have to do in this one, don’t be afraid to play the long ball game as and when needed, we have two monsters in attack so why not play to their strengths. There is no one in the arsenhole back line close to big enough or strong enough to handle either of them let alone the two together.

    Don’t be afraid of what their midfield can do to us make them afraid of what our attack can do to them, go down there confident, play to our strengths and we can come home with the three points

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  • BeeGuy

    Nov 5, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #11

    With 3 games in 6 days CH will have to make some changes as players do wear out and/or get nicks that need rest. So I will not be surprised to see some mixing of the squad. NUFC certainly put some heat on Arsenal in the Cup tie when CH made substitutions, and I’d expect him to start with those men. If NUFC falls behind by a pair early, bring on the subs.

    Ed, NUFC says Xisco is injured, but do not list him as such or what kind. What do you know?

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  • Newutd

    Nov 5, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #12

    We should.

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