Which Team Would You Start Tonight Against Arsenal?


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.



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57 comments so far

  • dutchy

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Same team that started the Sunderland match for me. We need defensive cover for our backs, keep arsenal quiet for the first 60 minutes then unleash benny on them.

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  • Klatoon

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    No way we can risk Raylor at LB with the pace Arsenal have on the wings,Santon for me,has to start there.

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    ================Krul==================
    Simo=====Colo========Wilo=======Santon
    Raylor====Cabaye====Tiote=======Jonas
    ===============HBA==================
    ===============Ba====================

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    I say start … With the same line uP … But start hba instead raylor

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Great moments… are born from great opportunity. And that’s what you have here, tonight, boys. That’s what you’ve earned here tonight. One game. If we played ’em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we pass with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest football team in the world. You were born to be football players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It’s over. I’m sick and tired of hearing about what a great team Arsenal have. Screw ’em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it.”

    haha

    Love Pardew to give it this in the dressing room

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Colo — ur lineup is actually Pretty good

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  • martoon

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    I think we all know most of the team – the only unknowns are whether we play 442 or 451 and if HBA starts. I personally feel after the Spurs match we will play 451 with HBA replacing Cisse.

    I’ve been away this weekend – any new raging debates?

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    krul
    raylor — Colo — Willo — Santon
    hba — cabaye — tiote — jonas
    ———ba——–cisse———–

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  • gorgonzola

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    I must be honest I really cant see is taking a win off Arsenal this time round. They are on top form now and we are a bit hot cold every game half…

    Not sure I would be over the moon if we took a draw…

    I would try something like this

    Krul

    SANTON Willo *sould have been Mariappa now* COLO FERGY
    HBA———-TIOTE——-CABAYE———JONAS———–BA
    ——————————-CISSE————————————

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  • martoon

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Colo’s team @3 is what I was trying to say!

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Chieck

    Cheers

    Its realistic i think too

    Pards wont drop Raylor its clear they have a special friendship 😉 (nah raylors done well).

    I just feel that team has defensive cover to boot and enough options to hurt them

    Cisse on bench for me tonight, come on second half.

    only alternative would be

    ========Krul==========
    Simo==Colo==Wilo==Santon
    Ober=HBA=Tiote=Cabz=Jonas
    =========Ba============

    Elliot
    Perch
    Raylor
    Guthrie
    Shola
    Loven
    Cisse

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  • wingspan

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #12

    My team would have to be 5 in midfield because they play that way and asking Mr T and Yohan to play against an extra man with the quality that Arsenal ahve got is a bit much i think.

    I also believ benny has earned a start after his performance last wk. I also want Danny to play because he was playing well and i dont think he will sign if he doesnt start playing agin, hes a good member of the squad. And still very young, he wll get much better.

    My team:

    ————————Krul———————–
    Raylor——Willo———-Colo—–Santon–
    ———————–Tiote———————–
    ————Cabaye———Guthrie————-
    Benny————————————-Jonas
    ———————–Ba————————-

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #13

    We are due a win … And they are due a loss .. We only hope that every player is on top form ..

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #14

    I just hope the lads have the same fire in their bellys as they did second half v the scum

    If they do I tell you know Arsenal will Molt.

    Koscielny is massivley suspect, and if Tiote plays like he did v Manure we have a huge chance, I think we can win tonight but we have to boss it from the off, put some hard hits in early.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Please Vote for formation A B C or D?

    A:
    ————————————-—Krul—————————-

    ———————––Willo——————Colo—————

    Santon————————–Tiote——————–Raylor

    ———————Cabaye——————Jonas—————-

    —————HBA—————-Cisse——–—-Ba—-

    B:
    ———————————–—Krul——————————-

    ———————––Willo——————Colo——————-

    Santon————Cabaye–Tiote————Raylor

    Ben Arfa—————-———Ba——————-Jonas

    ———————————–Cisse——————–

    C:

    —————————————Krul——————————–

    ——————-—–Willo——————Colo——————-

    Santon————————-Tiote——————–Fergie

    Ben Arfa———-Cabaye———Jonas

    ———————-Cisse————Ba———-

    D:

    ———————————-————Krul——————————————

    —————————-–Willo——————Colo——————————

    Santon——————————————-——————–——Jonas

    ————————Cabaye——–Tiote——————

    —HBA———————————–Obertan

    —————Cisse———–Ba—————-

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  • wingspan

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Cheik you are right mate, The arsenal wheels are due a fall off. Im quietly optomistic about this game, i think the atmosphere will be flat and the will find it difficult to raise there game after the dissappointment of last wk.

    Like Pardew says if we can frustrate them at the start and get the crowdanxious then i think we can nik it. If they get an early goal ala spurs we could be in for a long night

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #17

    ”i tell you know”

    I mean NOW

    Thats poor from me…..must do better

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  • Papiss Cissé's Wristbands

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #18

    krul
    simmo willo Colo santono

    benny guthrie tiote cabaye Jonas

    Ba

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  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #19

    Colo @11 > thats what i would go for too mate!!!

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  • Papiss Cissé's Wristbands

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #20

    But knowing pards itl be exactly same 11 as last week

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  • Arfa Chance

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #21

    Same team as Lewytoon:

    krul
    raylor — Colo — Willo — Santon
    hba — cabaye — tiote — jonas
    ———ba——–cisse———–

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #22

    @Papiss

    Yah probs mate,

    I think he may start Benny though tbh, He has to eventuallu if the lad keeps grafting, I saw a change in Bnny last week v Scum, he grafted when he lost the ball.

    Im really up for this tonight like

    HWTL

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #23

    @15 if there’s no other option. But these I would gO with formatiOn a

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #24

    @Arfa chance

    one of the best usernames on here btw mate lol!

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  • Steviebaby1978

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #25

    ================Krul==================
    Simo=====Colo========Wilo=======Santon
    HBA=====Cabaye=====Tiote========Jonas
    ================BA===================
    ===============Cisse==================

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #26

    Collo @11:

    That the team i would pick! If he does that though is the point!

    Liked your team-talk earlier too!

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  • sticklebricks

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #27

    Santon-Willo-Colo-Jonas
    Obertan-Guthrie-Tiote-Cabaye-Arfa
    Ba

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  • toonking

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #28

    willo looks much worse than perch in my eyes so i would drop willo for perch and go 4-5-1
    _________krul_________
    raylor___perch__colo_santon
    _________tiote__________
    _____guthrie____cabaye___
    HBA________________jonas
    __________ba

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #29

    NEWEXPAT

    haha ta mate

    Its from the Movie ”Miracle” about the USA hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics, before they played the Soviets.

    Its class mate, only topped by Al pacino speech in Any given Sunday.

    Pardew should get me involved massive time lol!

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  • Arfa Chance

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #30

    @ Colo-Sus

    *thumbs up*

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  • AndyMac

    Mar 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #31

    4-4-2 spells disaster for teams at the Emirates.

    3 things we’re just not good at.

    1. Successful passing (currently lying in 11th place in the BPL stats behind the likes of Fulham, Wigan, West Brom and Wolves!!!!)
    2. Keeping possession (which comes as no surprise considering the above)
    3. Crossing (Simmo is our most accurate crosser of the ball yet only manages 30% accuracy)

    OK so we may not be Barcelona but surely the key to winning games is to keep possession, choose the time to attack and create the right scoring opportunities for your strike force ?

    Passing is part and parcel of football, its not a mystical art performed by only the top class sides. Look, for example, at Swansea ! If they had a decent striker (apologies to Danny Graham) who could hit 15 – 20 goals a season, they’d be up in second or third place in the BPL.
    .
    Given that we barely muster a median average number of passes in a game you wont be surprised to learn that the stats for possession are even worse. However that’s not just the bad news because in the area where most attacking influence is felt (Zone 14 – central edge of box) we almost fail to register a single goal scoring move or assist. As nufc_stats point out, only one chance has been created by ‘sliding’ in an attacking pass from Zone 14 and that turned into an assist (Guthrie’s knocked on ball to Best v QPR).

    That’s because we don’t have a player who is consistently clever and manipulative enough around the penalty area to create those chances and that’s the problem with Pardwho.

    Hatem Ben Arfa is both the player to create goal scoring opportunities for others as well as taking chances provided by others in that key area yet the Clueless One chooses to ignore his obvious talents because he cannot mould a side around him. Yet only 4 teams are creating less chances per game than Newcastle United, Stoke and Blackburn currently occupy the bottom positions..

    So leave it at 4-4-2 and those deficiencies will remain. Think about keeping the ball longer and get players closer to one another instead of hoofing it up to two strikers who, if they dont connect, automatically cede possession.

    Still what do I know, Pardwho has years of experience of winning things at the highest level so let’s leave it to him 🙁

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  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #32

    @Anymac

    I agree on the passing from, But i rate Pardew tbh, and I feel the football will come over time.

    Swansea are great and I admire the tits off them mind. Love Brendan Rodgers hes quality.

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  • James Keith

    Mar 12, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #33

    ————————-Krul————————–
    R.Taylor—Williamson—Coloccini—Santon
    ————————Tiote————————–
    ————Guthrie————-Cabaye————
    HBA——————————————-Jonas
    ————————–Ba—————————-

    Subs:
    Elliot
    Simpson
    Obertan
    Gosling
    Perch
    Cisse
    Ameobi

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  • Papi_Demba

    Mar 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #34

    CISSE should be dropped and Start HBA and Santon……I will be happy with a Draw because Arsenal seem to be on fire and Wenger knows better than Harry and Martin Jol…so might as well give HBA freedom and we fight fire with fire today..

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  • rob

    Mar 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #35

    team for arsenal
    krul
    simpson-willo-collo-santon
    ben arfa- guthrie-tiote- cabaye- gutierez
    Ba

    dont play with a high line pardew!!

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  • rob

    Mar 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #36

    ryan taylor out injured!!!

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  • Arfa Chance

    Mar 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #37

    I think changing our formation and worrying about the opposition too much would spell disaster more than sticking to 4-4-2 would. We have looked out of our depth playing any other formation this season because we don’t have the players to do so.

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  • Bill

    Mar 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #38

    Simo———colo———willo——-santon
    ————————tiote———————-
    HBA———-guthrie—-cabaye—gutierez
    ————————-BA——————

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #39

    To me it’s a no brainer BEN ARFA on the right! Raylor just behind to replace Simpson. Up top Cisse and Ba with ShoAmeobi coming on late in the game.

    With all the amount of crosses we had into the box against the scum I can’t help but think that if Cisse was still on the pitch he would have had a hat-trick!

    2-2 or 2-1 for the toon!!! Come on!!!!

    HWTL

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 12, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #40

    Krul

    Raylor Perch Coloccini Santon

    Obertan Cabaye Tiote Ben Arfa Gutierrez

    Ba

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