Newcastle went on the attack against Spurs at White Lane earlier this year and were taken apart and four goals down after only 34 minutes of the game.
Alan Pardew – we must try to stay in the game
So you would expect that Alan Pardew may be thinking a bit more of defending much better than we did at White hart Lane, on our last visit to London, when we were taken to the cleaners 5-0.
Alan is focused on trying to stay in the game, and if we are level say in the last 20 minutes or so, we would even have a decent chance of sneaking a win, which would be our second successive success at the Emirates, after we won 1-0 in the same fixture there last season.
This is what Alan said to the local press today:
“We have to be in the game still to attack.” “Let’s get this right, we need to go to Arsenal and be in the game still at 70 minutes.”
“At Tottenham we weren’t. It was gone, finished.” “So we have to be in the game first and then I am trying to go out for the win if I can. Arsenal will be going for that too.”
“The last period of the game could be a bit lively. We have got to earn that to get there.”
Arsenal have won their last four league games and gave a gallant performance at home last Tuesday night, when they just failed to overcome a 4-0 first leg hammering at AC Milan in the Champions League.
Arsenal gained a lot of admirers with their terrific effort last week, but they just couldn’t get those two second half goals that could have taken them through, and certainly at the end of the game, the Arsenal players looked knackered.
But they should be okay for Monday night, with a couple of extra days to recover from their adventures against AC Milan.
Alan was asked if he thought the Arsenal players could still be tired after their phenomenal effort last week:
““Yeah. It was a physical effort as well.” “You could sense that in the last few minutes when they really had nothing to give, bless them.”
“They couldn’t look for that extra goal they were so tired.” “I think he’ll change it because he hasn’t got a lot of players available.”
Former Southampton player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was given his league debut by Alan Pardew while Alan was the manager down south, is doubtful as is another former Southampton youngster Theo Walcott.
Both youngsters picked up slight knocks against AC Milan, but whether they play or not Arsenal are likely to be strong on the wings.
And they will test the Newcastle full-backs – whoever they are on Monday night – with Ryan Taylor possibly starting in place of Davide Santon at left back.
What do you think the team will be on Monday night?