Newcastle In With Good Chance Of Win Against Arsenal

It may seem surprising, but Newcastle have more than a decent chance of starting their Premier League season on Saturday with a win against Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger – big troubles in pre-season

The London club have had their own troubles in pre-season, and it now looks like their best two players,  Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, will almost certainly be leaving the club.

And more to the point, they will not be playing on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

And there’s news today in the Evening Chronicle that Arsene is already upset because he cannot get booked into his favorite hotel on Tyneside, because there is a wedding going on there.

So it seems that Arsene is starting this season as he ended last season, a rather frustrated and angry manager.

This is what a source close to the Arsenal camp told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Arsene loves everything to be perfect when it comes to preparation, but this wedding has thrown a real spanner in the works.”

“It was caused by the kick-off time being changed meaning a change of venue.”

“If it had have been a 3pm kick off, they could have had their pre-match meeting after breakfast and been setting off at lunchtime for the ground.”

“But the rooms they were using for pre-match meetings were already set aside for the wedding – and the alternatives wouldn’t have guaranteed the concentration needed before the game because of the merriment of the wedding party.”

“Having to change the hotel because of a wedding certainly didn’t go down well with Arsene and staying in Durham the night before is hardly ideal.”

Newcastle haven’t had a good pre-season of course, but it could be that things are coming together rather nicely, with Cheick Tiote now back on Tyneside, Gabriel Obertan signed yesterday, and at least Joey Barton is back training with the first team squad, although his status for Saturday is still unclear.

And Arsene Wenger was hardly helped yesterday by these statements from Ian Wright:

“It looks like some dark days are ahead. I’m hearing Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri could be gone within a week — and still only Gervinho, Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have arrived.”

“Gael Clichy has left while Nicklas Bendtner and Emmanuel Eboue are on their way, with no other replacements. I often get criticism from Arsenal fans these days and came off Twitter due to the amount of stick.”

“But I was only being honest and I’ve only ever wanted what’s best for the club.”   “Yet it seems Wenger’s revolution has ground to a halt. Now, I fear he may end up walking away.”

The disruptions at Arsenal are to Newcastle’s advantage, and given Alan Pardew has a good record against Arsenal in his management career, we could well get a win on Saturday, and even a draw would be okay.

But Newcastle can really help Wenger’s season get off to a terrible start, with a Newcastle win on Saturday, and that will raise the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere.

That’s what we are hoping for.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

53 comments so far

  • Tyneside

    Aug 10, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #1

    My team to play Arsenal if fit and still here


    They’l probably go 4-3-3 so we should match them

  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 10, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #2

    I think because of the threat of Arsenal and lack of fight Pardew will go with a countering and combative midfield formation like:



    Very strong side for me

  • aussiemag

    Aug 10, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Re your comments on FREE TRANSFERS.
    %75 off what the player is worth……………….

    Can you post me a link on where you read this info!

  • aussiemag

    Aug 10, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Re your comments on FREE TRANSFERS.
    75 percent off what the player is worth……………….

    Can you post me a link on where you read this info!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Aug 10, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #5

    waiting for the game

  • boater

    Aug 10, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Phew – does that mean the end of shola bashing for today, hope so.. probably not.

    Arsenal have such a deep squad – VP and Fabregas aside – they can cover most positions seamlessly – even if all their injuries/absentees come to pass and wilshere, nas, fab, sagna, RVP are out – they can still field:


  • Tyneside

    Aug 10, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #7


    Thats what we’ll probably do like, but i would rather play a more attacking formation


    Aug 10, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh believes Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri will leave The Emirates this summer.

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 10, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Magpietillidie22 // Aug 10, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    That would be my team aswell.
    Gosling defo deserves to start.

  • boater

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Realistically I expect to see:


  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #11


    I dunno, I mean yes thats a strong midfield who can do their defensive duties but it also has a lot of pace and energy for them to attack and be creative.

    Id go for a 2-1 or 2-0 win for NUFC on sat.

    What has really pi$$ed me off are these ridiculous predictions of us being weaker and finishing 15th or below by the media like Talksport etc…. jokes.

    Our team will definitely compete.

    BTW Tiotes article in the chron today is why i like him so much, my fav player at the club for years


    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #12






  • scottoon

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Against the Arse I would line up like this:


    Subs – Krul, Willo, Tavs, Marveaux, Best, Strolla, Vuckic

    Course, if New Striker is available, I would include him. Don’t see it happening in time. I said yesterday that I wouldn’t mind if we went after Soloman Kalou. He’ll be down the pecking order at Chelski. What does everyone else think?

  • OttersPocket

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Barton has to play sat, these are the game he thrives on.
    Think we will pack midfield
    With Obertan and Marv to come in final 20 mins to add a bit of pace.

  • KillyMansGiro

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #15

    How have we got a better chance? Their reserves always beat our 1st team! (Hopefuuly not this time though)

  • mushy

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #16

    How come anybody takes any notice of what Talksport think about our prospects. And to get annoyed over it is just plain crazy.

    Look, I would put money on any one reading this now, to have more knowledge on NUFC than anyone from Talksport. So let them have their opinions, but don’t put any credence in them.

  • magpie6699

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Must say I can’t see us winning against any of the top four. But that’s probably me.

  • ToonAndy

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Am I the only person who believe Jonas could do a great job at right back?? Good tackler, strong, fast, good at running down the wing…. Anyway, I believe one person that should definately be in the starting line up against Arsenal is Joey Barton…. My team.







    I believe this team will beat Arsenal on Sat….

  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #19


    Oh yeah It just frustrates me to read talksport saying 15th and the guardian saying 14th and other outlets all predicting a worse season than last year. Skybet have us 25/1 for top 6 yet they have Sunderland at 8/1…. yes 8/1!!

    I find all these predictions outrageous!

    Mind you gives good odds for optamistic Geordies like me 😉

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Jonas looked dodgy at right back for Argentina at the world cup.


    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #21

    I would b happy wit a point , atleast the 1st 10 games we need to win 6-7 games

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Last year was the exact same.
    Andy Gray Robbie Savage etc etc.
    All tipped us to go down.Full of shit they are….

  • Is Walcott fit?

  • ~Obertoon~

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #25

    ED your forgeting that

    Walcott, Van Persie and Wilshere are all doubtful for the game.

  • ichrisho

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #26

    @3 its boloney – signging on fee is usually for big players 15-20% and for lesser known ones it would be 5-10% – 75% is way off.

  • ichrisho

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #27

    @17 Come on – last year we did it and we now have a better team.

  • John

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #28

    People are missing the glaring obvious Colo and Taylor at CB doesnt work wer leaking sloppy stupied goals like the NUFC wer always famous for. this needs addressing its all good playing new styles and formations with better attacking players our major weakness is at CB height and awareness, posistion, dropping off being the obvious Iam surprised no has picked up on this, especially Pardew. Upson was availble on a free, and we are not interested in Bassong? who went was last at the club was keeping Jose out of the the team at LB.

  • toon 4 life

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #29

    18 i like it

  • Kris

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #30

    @ Tyneside

    I totaly agree with your team and I also expect to see Krul in the goal.

  • UpTheRoad

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Updated Collocini song?

    Oh Collocini, you are the love of my life oh collocini I’d let you shag my wife oh collocini, I want curly hair too!

    Oh Collocini, when you captain the mags, oh collocini you’ll get loads of shags, my mams joining the queue!

  • LooniToon

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #32


    Obertan looks a canny signing but i think marveaux will be a big player for this club, looks a excelent player

  • ichrisho

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #33




    Think he will go with 4 in middle and Ameobi up front as may need to pump BA with a little help… Ameobi is perfect foil.

  • UpTheRoad

    Aug 10, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #34

    It’s so hard to pick a midfield when you’ve got Jonas, Marveaux, Tiote, Cabaye, Gosling, Vuckic, Obertan etc

  • sirtoongospel

    Aug 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Arsenal are one of the top teams so we go in as underdogs but that suits us fine. If we get about them then we have a chance of a result for sure. still feel as though Barton would set the tempo for us but he been a bit of an ar5e lately. As much as he has though i think most of us would have him starting on saturday as he has never given less than a hundred percent. For once though we actually have options on the bench whoever starts.

  • Novocastrian

    Aug 10, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #36

    I don’t understand why everyone rates Jonas. He can’t finish his attack at all. Fair enough he has pace, but his final move is always awful!

  • theleckworthbird

    Aug 10, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Hey Toon Andy don’t you remember Jonas’ display at full back for Argentina? not a full back for me

  • LooniToon

    Aug 10, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #38

    @36 i think its because hes one of the only players who runs with the ball, runs his nuts off every game, tracks back and provides so much cover for bull. Him and bull r amigo’s and seem to read each others game well also.

  • Mo Drysdale

    Aug 10, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #39

    Lads, I think Arsenals main threat comes from the centre as they always try to walk the ball into the back of the net.

    I would play a 3-5-2, pushing Jose slighyly forward and sitting on Gervinho’s Arse (Man mark)

    Attack best form of defence when playing Arsenal as we showed when we had to attack last season.

    Team bearing players going out:






    Speed/Power and mobility, can also switch to a back 5 in defence with Tiote sweeping.

    Ameobi 1 & 2

  • deeeeeeano

    Aug 10, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #40

    I’m sure diaby, song and Gibbs are too. Did sing not break his leg or have an op?


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