Arsenal vs Newcastle – Match Preview


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Newcastle have had a very good year in 2012, but the last two months have been a little gruesome and since we drew 1-1 at Liverpool on November 4th we’ve lost seven of our last nine games and have slumped in the league to 15th position, just 5 points above the drop zone.

We’ll have to hope we don’t suffer yet another defeat at Arsenal this afternoon, but the odds are in the London club’s favor, since their game with West Ham on Wednesday was postponed because of a tube strike – and therefore they’ve had all week to prepare for Newcastle.

And we are 2 points worse off with 20 points, then we were in our relegation season, and that tells us that in the last 19 games of the 2008-2009 season we got only 12 points – no wonder we were relegated.

We have to hope that as we get our injured players Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor and Ben Arfa back early next month – we can start to climb the league table – and a top ten finish is still possible and even likely – if we can start playing somewhere near our best form again – which we have done over the last several games.

Our opponents Arsenal have come into some good form of late, and are now seventh in the table, and have won their last three league games against Wigan, Reading and West Brom and now have 30 points from their 18 games so far in the league.

Arsenal are always a tough side to play and this is what Alan Pardew had to say about the famous club:

“Arsenal are a great club with great players and it will be difficult for us. But if we put in the performance we did against Manchester United then they won’t relish seeing us.”

“Our performances have been terrific over the last four or five games.” “Hopefully we will get something for the effort and confidence and ability in each other that we are showing.”

And Saturday’s game is the 171st match between the two clubs, and the 157th in the league, and Newcastle are level with Arsenal with 66 wins against the Gunners in all competitions.

The full record against the Gunners is played 170, won 66, lost 66, drawn 38 – and we’ve scored 235 goals and conceded 244 goals in all competitions with the London side.

Newcastle of course still have a number of injuries to deal with, and to add to that Mike Williamson misses this game after picking up his 5th yellow card at Old Trafford, but the good news is that Cheick Tiote returns from his one game suspension.

The in-form Vurnon Anita is also out with an ankle injury that he picked up very late in the game at Manchester, but he is expected to be fit to play against Everton at St. James’ Park next Wednesday night.

Jonas Gutierrez (knee), Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) will again be missing as will local lad Steven Taylor (hamstring) as well as Ryan Taylor and midfielders Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic, who all have knee injuries, and maybe are out until the end of the season.

This is the team we think Alan Pardew will start today:

Krul
Simpson Coloccini (c) Perch Santon
Marveaux Bigirimana Tiote
Cisse Ba Obertan
Subs Harper Tavernier Streete Ferguson Ameobi (Sa) Campbell Ameobi (Sh)

18 year-old South Shields center-back Remie Street could see his first appearance on the Newcastle bench today, and maybe the Newcastle manager will give Shola Ameobi a start in the line-up today.

For Arsenal,  Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky have now recovered from illness and are in the squad for today’s game, but defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) and midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) are both out,  but they will return to training next week, and second string goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is out today with a foot injury.

It’s going to be very difficult for Newcastle to get much out of today’s game, but on the other hand we also have to start winning some of these tough games, and today’s a good a day as any to do just that.

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98 comments so far

  • bills-son

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    We can win this game, I’m going for 3.1.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Buzzing for this game fancy a 3:2 win ba marv n cisse 🙂

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  • niafron

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #3

    @TADS

    Nothing you haven’t already heard.

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  • only magpie of nepal

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #4

    what so ever, We didn’t deserve to lose against Man U

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  • only magpie of nepal

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Without a shadow of a doubt we didn’t deserve to lose against Man U

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Nice that Diaby is out,and with our Tiote and Bigi in midfield we could out muscle them.
    Their pace will be the main thing for us today with Colo being slow and Perchy not really a CB

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  • niafron

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Maybe this: Schalke 04 want Rémy.

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  • proudtobageordie

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8

    think we will get a result today if we play like we did @ manure. when hr took ba of and put cisse through the middle what happened. within 10 mins back of the net. wish pards would give the lad a chance as he knows ba’s days @ the club are numbered. he needs to be planning the squad for the rest of the season without ba. anyone agree. willo out pards should give young remme street a chance. perchy aint a cb and could be found out today

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  • G

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #9

    I have a feeling today that we will be returning with 3 points. Looking at the teams they can put out, against our available best 11 it seems the points should go to the home side, however, for reasons I can’t quite explain I think this one is ours. Roll on 5.30

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  • WWYCD

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    What times KO today?

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  • G

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #11

    By the way lads, for those pointing out that Perch isnt a CB, and Steete should start. Away at Arsenal would be a baptism of fire for the kid, who looks promising, but nothing more. Stick him up against a Walcott, and he will be absolutely shafted. Much as I want the kid to succeed, this isn’t a game he should play in unless we have no other option.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Is Pardew seriously bemoaning bad luck that Fellaini will be returning from suspension against Newcastle?

    He’s got to give it a rest with all these ludicrous excuses, it’s getting ridiculous.

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  • jasper

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Niafron,
    Did you say some weeks back that you’ve never been to SJP? Where in France do you live?

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  • niafron

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #14

    Near Paris. And yes, unfortunatly, never went to St James.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Niafron
    Aye remy been linked with a few clubs but reckon its only us and schalke that can offer first team football like

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #16

    TDS
    I agree with pards there although he shouldn’t be saying that out loud in the media.
    Felliani should’ve got at least 6 games,I watched he game and it was ridiculous,he must of used his head 3 different times and elbows too yet becaus he apologized quickly he got off lightly.
    You’ve got to agree that Everton would be an easier game if he wasn’t available 🙂

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  • MacToon

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #17

    It’s a 5.30 ko WW.

    Very quiet on here considering it’s a match day. Seems like Pardew’s been lining up his excuses, not just blaming lack of cover in our squad (tell us something we don’t already know!) but Arsenal having a day off Wednesday and Everton getting Fellani back.

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  • ToonMauritius

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Good Afternoon lads

    Transfer Sage , what your sources saying regarding the “L.Remy” transfer

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  • DarloGeordie

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Mouth watering bench we have there…

    Pardew doesn’t exactly have much choice to Change things around if plan A isn’t working. Great performance last time round but our players were dead in their feet by 80 mins….

    I have a feeling arsenal may just win this one but I hope I’m well off the mark!!

    HWTL

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #20

    bit confused by pardew. no surely not!

    he say he’s going to take it to them, but then he says hit them on the break. Only in pardew world!

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  • G

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #21

    RH@20. At least he has all the angles covered… sort of!

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  • MacToon

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Personally I think this will be a more difficuly game than Wednesdays but hope I’m proved wrong.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #23

    We will get a big lose 8-0.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Thee was a lot of physical effort put into the the last game -we looked tired with 15 mins to go. If we repeat the last performance we may get at least a draw -providing we do not tire and providing there are none of the usual defensive blunders /ball watching, trying to play offsides incorrectly and Simpson daydreaming about his tart.
    At a push 2-1 win.
    Also providing Mr T does not adopt his return game “raging bull” display.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #25

    seriously woried about our fitness levels or lack of them

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Can’t see us getting anything today

    Out on our legs boxing day

    And Arsenal didn’t have a game and are home which will also play into their hands.
    As long as we give a good account of ourselves
    Hope i’m wrong 3-1 loss

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  • ba humbug

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Mister Tuff

    The difference between Manure and us is that they play for 98 minutes (includes Fergy time) and concentrate real hard the last ten minutes. We lost it the last ten minutes. Manure may well be fitter than us. Even last season we conceded in the last five minutes a few times without having the energy to counterattack (Blackburn being the exception) it has to be a training and coaching priority to play in top gear for 100 minutes

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  • MAUTITOON

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #28

    so we are two mauritian toon fans here.Great to see the number increasing.
    howay the lads

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  • ba humbug

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #29

    rotonda

    Stamina is a tough one as it isn’t just basic fitness.
    A few Great North Runs instead of nights out in the Bigg Market might help

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  • MacToon

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #30

    OK, let’s start the day properly with a 5-0 loss for the mackems……

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  • bills-son

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Fitness levels had nothing to do with the ManU result. They were 3.2 down late in the game at home with the crowd behind them. They are still a class team who never give up and they were always going to have plenty of the ball which means we were doing a hell of a lot of chasing – that is far more tiring than being in possession. We lost the game in part because of bad luck, they scored from two ricochets which fell for them and we hit the woodwork twice.

    ManU, Arsenal and Everton is a hell of a run when you are on a losing streak and 5/6 first team players down but we still have enough quality to get at least a draw. Marveaux for me has made a massive difference, if he can get passes into Ba and Cisse we can always get goals. The important thing as always especially away from home is not to concede early. Walcott and Chamberlain’s pace will be the big test for us today.

    HWTL 3.1 to us.

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Would anyone else love to see cambell get run out? The last first team game he played for 10 mins or so he looked quality.

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  • ba humbug

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #33

    bills-son

    The fourth goal was a loss of concentration. That is as much a part of fitness as running around

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  • toonheroes

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #34

    I have no worries that we’ll get relegated.

    When some of our top players come back from injury our bench will be far stronger bacause of the experience the rest of the squad are getting now. The last few games have shown the squad have some fight in them.

    With full squad:

    krull
    simpson saylor collo santon
    anita tiote
    cabaye
    benny marveau
    cisse

    Subs: harper, willo, perch, bigi, Jonas, Obertan, Ameobe

    New players are needed though and I hope we can get at least two top players in. We need to stop leaking soft goals.
    I won’t be able to watch the game but good luck to everyone and lets hope for a good performance. No fear. It’s getting close to the new year so cisse is going to start scoring some blinding goals soon.

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Lescott available for 8m apparently if we are not in for him somebody needs shooting.

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  • bills-son

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Ba humbug – our first goal was down to Carricks loss of concentration after just a few minutes – was that down to lack of fitness? If you want to be super critical thats your prerogative but the bottom line is against a top team like ManU away you are always going to be put under pressure and imo the luck went their way on Wednesday. Simple as.

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  • G

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #37

    @ Nufc-83 – agreed. His wages might be 90k a week, but he’s one of the few players out there that might actually be worth it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #38

    Nufc-83
    I would gladly shoot Mike Ashley.

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #39

    We’ll get beat 3-0! 🙁

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #40

    Bills,
    They were lucky, added with the determination that AF teams always have had, however a bit of luck on our part where we hit the bar and post I don’t think they would have had in the to come from behind a fourth time and win.

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