Pardew Almost Knows Team For Arsenal – What’s Your Side?

Some good news today that MLS officials have agreed to relax their own rules on friendly substitutions.

Alan Pardew – taking training yesterday in the heat

They were going to limit the substitutions to just five but it looks like Kansas manager  Peter Vermes has been successful in persuading them to relax the rules for tonight’s friendly game.

And since there have been at least 13 heat related deaths in the mid-west this last week,  the players tonight will be allowed to take regular fluid breaks, and they’ll need to.

The very last thing the authorities want, when the temperatures hit 100 degrees F is to do any type of stressful exercises, which is what our boys have been doing over the last couple of days.

Pardew told The Evening Chronicle today about what he sees as the team that will play Arsenal:

“I think there’s certainly three or four places that are undecided. The bulk of the team, in my mind, is there, but they’ve still got to stay fit and show form for that to come to fruition.”

Newcastle have brought in four good players this summer, but they have also lost Kevin Nolan, a huge influence during his time at Newcastle, and Sol Campbell and Shefki Kuqi have also moved on.

But there is still some anxiety that Newcastle need to bring more players in, and many fans wonder how the team will perform without the driving influence of Nolan still in the ranks.

As far as losing influential captain Kevin Nolan, Pardew said today:

“I don’t think that’s a problem. You take a leader like Kevin out, and somebody else emerges.

“That’s how it is – other people take on different personalities. I think that’s something which will be resolved as we go.”

And it seems unfortunately that Slovenian U21 star Haris Vuckic has picked up a knock in training and will not play in tonight’s game.

But Pardew said that Haris was the only one doubtful for tonight’s game:

“Haris looks like he’s got a little knock, and he’s the only one that probably won’t be involved.”

“Everyone else will get a piece of the action. Sylvain Marveaux’s taking a little bit longer than we envisaged, but he’s likely to be involved.”

We really hope Haris is not going to become too injury prone – fingers crossed.

And we hope Sylvain can regain his full fitness soon, because of course he didn’t play at Rennes since last October after picking up his groin  injury, which has been a problem for him for a couple of years now.

Now as far as the side Alan will pick against Arsenal,  here’s out best shot at that:

Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Enrique
Barton Tiote Cabaye Gutierrez
Ben Arfa
Demba Ba.

That’s at the moment what we think the team will be on August 13th, and it assumes Enrique is still at the club – although the news is that Liverpool are readying a bid for him, but we’ve heard that for the last couple of months too!

What’s your team for Arsenal?

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Team virtually picks itself in most positions. but there are some positions to iron out I would say.

    CB Collo + Willo OR Collo + Saylor
    LB depends on Enrique saga.
    LM – Jonas or Marv
    RM – Jonas or Barton

  • Hebburn Mag

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Simpson S.Taylor Coloccini Enrique

    Tiote Cabye

    Barton Jonas

    Ben Arfa


  • Dannyo

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d much rather have Marveux on the left and Jonas on right (as that is where i belive he prefers to play).

  • Andy

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Change Taylor for willo and i would agree with you. Think Barton has to play the first 2 games as they’re 2 games a player like him is more important than ever

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #5


    Simmo. Saylor. Colo. Enrique?




    Similar to yours ed but i think its more 4-2-3-1 than 4-4-1-1. Plus saylor over williamson.

  • Dannyo

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #6

    To add to my previous comment, Barton is by all means a CM at heart, not a winger.

  • Andy

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #7

    With a good pre-season it’s also possible gosling could fire himself into contention. I would expect him to start cm tonight


    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Simmo Willo Colo Enrique
    Tiote Barton
    Gutti Cabaye HBA

    Would be mine if I was manager

  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Off topic but has any1 else seen the statement saying none season ticket holders and non members can’t buy tickets for away games any more.what is it with this club

  • Dannyo

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #10

    @leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate ) // Jul 20, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Aye, saw that, thats a wee bit harsh tbh, it’s not like we ever had a habit of rushing the field….

  • Eastander

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #11

    leazes, its thanks to the idiots at the darlo game last week so the club can keep tabs on who’s there

  • 09nufc09

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Leazes… It makes sense it will stop the idiots going who are only their to get drunk and act an idiot rather than watch the football. Its about £30 to become a member i think so its not that expensive over a whole season.

  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Those idiots fightin at darlo should be banned but it harsh on the thousands of none dickhead fans we’ve got

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #14


    I’d love to see this line up

  • tdt

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #15

    – – – – – – – – – – – Krul – – – – – – – – – – –
    Simpson – S.Taylor – Coloccini (c) – Enrique
    – – – – – – Tiote – – – – – Cabaye – – – – – –
    Barton – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Jonas
    – – – – – – – – – -Ben Arfa – – – – – – – – – –
    – – – – – – – – – – – -Ba – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Subs: Harper, Williamson, Ferguson, Gosling, Marveux, Ameid, Best.

    Reserves: Forster, Raylor, Kadar, Smith,Guthrie, Routledge, Tavernier, Lua Lua, Sameobi, Shameobi, Ranger, Xisco.

    Add all the youth players to that as well when necessary (injuries etc).

  • IPToon

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Depends on who Pardew’s two more signings he anticipates are going to be but i would like it to be this.

    —————— Krul ———————-
    ??? —— ???——— Colo —— Enrique
    Guti —- Tiote — Cabaye —- Marveaux
    —————– Ben Arfa ——————
    ——————– Ba ———————–

    Taylor / Williamson
    Best / New Striker

  • smithy434

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #17

    @cockney magpie, I would say the same pal

  • quitesimple

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #18

    simpson coloccini williamson enrique
    abeid gutierrez
    ben arfa

  • quitesimple

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #19

    simpson coloccini williamson enrique
    abeid —————————–gutierrez
    ————————–ben arfa

    that should read sorry

  • Eastander

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #20

    I’d like this lad as our other striker, turned 21 in the spring, that said, his first goal on here is terrible 😉

  • NUFCkris

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #21

    My team for the Gooners with current squad





    ——-Ben Arfa———————————Gutierrez——–


    this formation 4-1-2-2-1 i would like to see played against the bigger clubs with tiote sitting further back and jonas over marveaux because of his defensive qualities. Let me know what u think

  • Paul P

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #22


    Simpson, Taylor, colo, Enrique

    Barton. Cabeye. Tiote

    Ben arfa. Ba. Marveoux

    Subs, krul, Williamson, best, abeid, best, new striker, jonas

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #23

    —————-Ben Arfa———–

    ???? – New Striker.

  • boater

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #24

    I would hope we see another signing in the side before then, so it’s a waste of time to be honest…
    would like to see s taylor at RB and willo in the middle… so many people dismissing him when nearly all our best results were with him the team… daft.

  • Brutooon

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Prediction :

    Cabaye will control the midfield. 80% possession. Wilshere and Ramsey (assume Cesc move to Barca) will shit on their pants

    Gervinho only got 3 touch of the ball for 90mins

    Demba Ba will score once and assist one

    HBA will be everywhere. at least one shot hit the woodwork

  • Durham_Toon

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #26

    I think my line up is the same as Robby Bobson.

    Going with Taylor over Williamson as he’s more of a goal threat from set pieces and given the Arsenal defence I think that’s somewhere we should be looking to for a goal.

  • Obafan

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #27

    I would pick the same team, but change Jonas and Ben Arfa and let Harper be GK.

    Simpson – Colocini (C) – Williamson – Enrique
    -Gutierrez—————————Ben Arfa
    ——————–Demba Ba—————-

    It also depends on how fit Marveaux is and what about Abeid, who everyone is so positive about???

  • P.I.

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Here’s my current availble team (injuries aside) for the opening game against the arse…

    Formation 4-4-1-1

    _GK: Krull (1983)
    _RB: Bartholomew J
    _CB: Popeye The Staylor Man
    _CB: Sideshow Bob
    _LB: El Toro
    CMD: Czechoslovakia
    CMA: Steak And Kidneye Pie
    _RW: Adolf
    _LW: Marvellous
    AMC: The Heartbreak Kid
    _ST: Sean The Sheep

    Cool Sharp
    Warwick Davis
    Ron ‘Chopper’
    Peter Parker
    Jean Reno
    Hokey Cokey

  • Hebburn Mag

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #29

    I didnt even relise that we had signed Abied to challenge for the first team straight away I mean when we signed Yven Moyo he didnt go straight into challenging for the first team, Im just suprised that an 18 is in the first team from the time we signed them since we havent seen it for a while, well not since James Milner or Charles N’Zogbia.

  • splodge4nufc

    Jul 20, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Krul, Simpson, Saylor, Colo, Enrique/new lb, Barton, Cabaye, Tiote, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Ba 🙂 4-1-3-1

  • jonny_ringo13

    Jul 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #31
  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 20, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #32

    I think that the only players that are definite for Arsenal are..






    Every position where there is a question mark represents any uncertainty about the position, for example LB, we know Enrique will definately play there but thats IF he’s still here. Other positions such as RB we know atm that Simpson will play there 1st choice, but i believe we’re in the transfer market for a new RB. and then other positions such as GK, CB and ST all represent the competition between places in that position and not knowing who will definately start.

  • Widowmaker

    Jul 20, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #33

    I will definately have Jonas over Marveaux against Arsenal as we will need hard working team against teams like Gunners.

    On the other hand, playing Marveaux on the left will restrict Jose to stay at the back…

    Hopefully Pardew will find the right balance.

  • bigdan1980

    Jul 20, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #34

    ———————————-krul—————————————–simpson———–s.taylor——–collocini———enrique——————–barton—–tiote—-cabaye—————————-benarfa——————-ba———————-marveaux—-subs…..harper,williamson,ferguson,gosling,gutierrez,lovenkrands,best. dont think it gets much better tbh

  • bigdan1980

    Jul 20, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #35

    my team went wonky its meant to be 433

  • ronnieafrican-equalizer

    Jul 20, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Perch S.Taylor Williamson Collo

    Barton Tiote Ben-Arfa Jonas



  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 20, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #37

    I dont know how the Puppet can know his team to play Arsenal yet. If Ashley decides to sell :
    Hose, Joey, Colo, Jonas & Tiote, to raise fuller funds for new players then who knows what the teamsheet may look like. Just cut all the speculation & lies & tell the fans just what the situation is!

  • mayureshmady

    Jul 20, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #38

    ______Ben Arfa______________Jonas____

  • lucasnufc

    Jul 20, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Perch? Perch??
    Gotta be Harps, Simpson, Coloccini, S. Taylor, Enrique
    Tiote & Barton
    HBA, Cabaye, Gutierrez

  • Junglist-Geordie

    Jul 20, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #40

    As far as centre backs go i would much prefer s.Taylor to Williamson, i think Williamson can at times be very accident prone,and lets not forget Taylor’s form at the end of last season 3 goals in the last 3 games which is almost unheard of for a defender i personally think we should keep him in there while his confidence is on a high and should be rightfully picked on current form but that’s just my opinion.


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