Arsenal are in their best form of the season and have won their last four league games.
Alan Pardew – has some selection posers
But Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager says that his team are also coming into some good form, as was shown by the statistics in our last game against Sunderland.
Newcastle looked a really good side in that second half, and if we can play like that tonight at the Emirates Stadium, then we have a chance of getting something out of the game.
Alan pointed out that Arsenal are in good form – but so are Newcastle:
“I think Arsenal are probably in some form which is the best of the season for them, so we are going to find it a very tough game for ourselves,”
“But we are in pretty good shape as well.” “On Sunday against Sunderland we had 30 shots at goal, 33 crosses, 19 corners – that’s pretty good going for us, and we are going to try and take that into the game and take the game to Arsenal.”
“It’s a game where we are going to have to go and attack. If we go any other way then we could get picked off.” “Arsenal isn’t the game which will determine whether we get a European position, but in terms of really upsetting the pack and the Champions League challenge, it really would go some way if we won.
“It would put Chelsea back into a favorable position, as well as Liverpool and ourselves, and that is what we are going to focus on. The other ten games for us will be about securing a Europa League position if we can.”
There’s no doubt that Alan is going for the win tonight, but he will have some selection posers with the team he starts against the Gunners.
He has a couple of choices – start the side that started the second half against Sunderland, with Ben Arfa on the right wing and Ryan Taylor displacing Davide Santon at left back.
The other choice is to start the team that started against Sunderland with Ryan on the right wing and Davide Santon in at left back.
I am assuming of course that we will not touch central midfield or up front.
And it says something about Ryan Taylors’ versatility that he will either start on the right wing or at left back – on the opposite sides of the field – we are pleased he has signed a two year extension to his contract.
So which team would you start tonight?
Let us know – comments welcome.