Newcastle vs Arsenal – Match Preview


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This is Newcastle final game of the season – a season that has been very disappointing for us in the Premier League – to say the least. But a win today could see us finish near mid-table and even in 10th place if other results go for us.

And of course our last two home games have resulted in two of the worst results in Newcastle’s history, when we lost to Sunderland 3-0 and then our worst home defeat since 1925, when we were embarrassed 6-0 by Liverpool, and they didn’t even have Louis Suarez playing in the side.

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot is suspended for this game, after being sent off after 81 minutes at QPR, and Steve Harper will be playing his last game for the club he’s served for 20 years..

Sylvain Marveaux is available again after overcoming his groin strain, and he will participate at some point in the game, according to the manager but we think he’ll start on the bench.

We are assuming that Davide Santon is still not fully match fit for this game – so this is the team that could start this afternoon:

Harper
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Williamson Yanga-Mbiwa
Ben Arfa Tiote Cabaye Gutierrez
Gouffran Cisse
Subs: Alnwick Simpson Taylor (S) Anita Perch Marveaux Campbell

This could also be Danny Simpson’s last game for Newcastle, if he gets on sometime in the second half, which has to only be if a defender is injured in the game.

The players will want to put on a good show after a disappointing season, and two very bad results in our last two games at home, and this is what Alan Pardew had to say about the game today:

“We’re very, very determined,” “We’ve got a good record against Arsenal at home, and we take that into the game so we’ll be in good confidence.” “I think it’s very important in terms of ourselves, most importantly.”

“It has been a tough season for us in many ways, and the last home game – the 6-0 defeat to Liverpool – was not good for us.” (you can say that again) “So it’s nice for us to have a big game with something on the game, which I think’s important, because Arsenal obviously need to get in the Champions League.”

“We owe to the standard of the Premier League and to ourselves that we put on a fantastic show. And I think we can.”

This could also be the final game for captain Coloccini, and Alan Pardew has asked the fans to let him know we love him and want him to stay at Newcastle for the next three years – and the manager has hinted there;s a chance the Argentine can stay on Tyneside.

The game will depend to a large degree how well our defense can play, with Arsenal being in good goal scoring form, and needing a win to guarantee them fourth place in the league table, and Champions League football for next season.

A full 43% of readers thin we are going to lose the game, which probably isn’t surprising given our last two performances at home.

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We are hoping the lads can win or at least get a draw, and then they can celebrate with the fans for ending up in a decent position in the league table – and Mike Ashley will give out £1M in bonuses to the non-playing staff if Newcastle can get all 3 points this afternoon.

There’s going to be a minute’s applause for Steve Harper in the 37th minute of the game on Sunday – that’s his number – and it’s in appreciation of Steve’s 20 years at the club and all he’s done for Newcastle – so please pass this on to those attending the game on Sunday.

Howay The Lads!!

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296 comments so far

  • kevymartins

    May 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Off topic but my cousin is an arsenal fan. All I get is therry henry this an that..Were signing rooney were gona spend money this year and become the untouchables again..He has been coming in everyday and telling me gouffran is sh!t so poor we shouldn’t have copyed them and attacked the french market so I would love it if goufrann scored the winner vs them to day.Would be bittersweet.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    I couldn’t want us to lose a game, but not losing may mean we keep Pardew. I’m confident that Ashley was/is planning to sack him, but as I posted a couple of weeks ago, the payout is dependent on where we finish. If we finish above 15th, I reckon the break clauses won’t be activated, so Ashley may want to avoid a hefty payout and keep him.

    On Ashley, he is a Chelsea fan, not a Spurs fan, just like he isn’t a cockney, he is from Buckinghamshire. I’m not sure how people can think that offering a 1million payout to non playing staff is a bad thing. Utter madness. People were complaining he never offers bonuses to NUFC staff, but does to Sports direct. You may not like him, but credit where credit is due.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    kevy

    Actually, compared to the usual one, singular, soul destroyingly repetative topic, that post is fairly ON topic.

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  • kevymartins

    May 19, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Lilongwe Rumours travel fast people are thinking Ashley must be getting a pay day of daniel leavy or someone.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 19, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Lilongwe

    I think the point is more that every club gives end of season bonuses to their non-playing staff.

    Most just don’t feel the need to publicize it, nor do they need to make it a lottery as to whether or not they receive it – especially when it’s highly unlikely that they will.

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  • Spuggy

    May 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Is it too much to ask that we all drop the repetitive arguments and SUPPORT the team now upto 6pm?

    Ill start shall I.

    HWTL!!

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  • DubaiMicky

    May 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Re Steve Harper and his last game – does anyone else (like me) think that Rob Elliot got himself sent off so that Stevie could start his final game?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Indian

    Before you start winding people up, have you read the article?

    Pardew doesn’t actually say that, at all. It’s just The Sun being themselves – a disgusting pit of a ‘news’paper, that have always had a vendetta against Newcastle.

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  • Spuggy

    May 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Indian -will you stop posting links to gutter press articles. The content does not support the headline and his comments (quotes) are actually very reasonable and true. He NEVER said fans expect too much (even though this is true of some).

    Could it be the sun sh@t striding, heaven forbid.

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  • toon22

    May 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Anyone else read the sun today?
    AP thinks toon suporters expect too much.
    He goes on to say he has proven he can reach the heights we expect.
    The guy is a total nut job if he actually thinks this season we have expected too much from Newcastle.

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  • toonbrother

    May 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #12

    i hope marveaux starts ahead of Jonas i really do.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #13

    toon22

    For the second time in as any minutes, he does not say that.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Lilongwe
    He hasn’t offered anything at all, he’s made a wager on his staff has has that a noble gesture exactly?
    And why is everyone assuming this is out of his pocket? He’s paying company staff it will be from company funds

    Local Zero
    What is your take on pardew?

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #15

    TDS

    i did read it

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Seriously, if this blog has reached the point where we use the sun as a basis for news, then I’m done.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #17

    TDS & Spuggy…I think the headline quote is meant to be in some form of thought bubble to accompany the picture of Pardew.

    It’s honest reporting if you’re guessing what someone is thinking, right?

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  • toon22

    May 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Jonas needs sitting down and asked just exactly what does he think hes is supposed to do down the left.
    As he obviously thinks no crosses and falling down is whats needed,you can play rubbish so long as you run about alot.

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  • stuart no9

    May 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #19

    i am hoping for 4 or 5 -0 to arsenal today boooo- boooo i hear, so be it. sorry harps , i am hoping you have blinder and get MOM, however , long term? some thing needs to be done in the management department , if this club is going to go forward next year.- short term pain for long term gain, works all the time.
    Pardew MUST know he has lost the respect of a great deal of fans .
    He is staying at the club for himself ,not for the good of the club.
    Normally when a manager gets to a point where he cant take the vlub any further – he resigns, however with 7 years left on his contract that isnt going to happen , so the sack is the only option .
    A heavy defeat today may just sway that decision , and pards will be picking up his p45 first thing in the morning.

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  • Spuggy

    May 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Toon22

    Another Indian account I wonder?

    If you’re basing your viewpoint on the sun then I think that says everything about you as a person.

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  • Ben_W

    May 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #21
  • Greebol1892

    May 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #22

    I don’t like the thought of Williamson vs Walcott so put Mapou on him. Just think arsenil have too much movement for us to handle and they will have a field-day with our manager’s defensive tactics (at home!). With a Cabaye freekick we can snatch a 1-4 defeat. If we can get Tiote to shadow Cazorla then it may be a different story. May be a red card for arsenil in there somewhere…..
    HTL!

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  • Spuggy

    May 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza

    Always enjoy your balanced views and humour. You are a great supporter in my eyes. We need more like you fella.

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  • toonbrother

    May 19, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #24

    walcott completely annihilated colocinni last time they faced each other . I just hope todays game isnt a repeat of the 7 goal defensive horror show we witnessed at the emirates.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #25

    I actually have a bet on Arsenal finishing fourth, so unfortunately I lose today no matter what.

    The only way we could win and Arsenal still finish fourth is if Sunderland win as well. Damn it.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #26

    Spuggy…Thank you, likewise to you. I think too much is being made of what constitutes a fan these days. Emotions are running high and every could benefit from taking the sting out of their opinions a little.

    I do struggle to accept people wishing a heavy loss for us though, goes completely against the grain. If the current heavy losses haven’t swayed Ashleys thinking, why do people think this one will?

    If Pardew is here to stay, wouldn’t some positivity help us? Seemed to work last year, my bad, that was just luck.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 19, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #27

    everyone*

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #28

    TDS…We could win, Sunderland draw and Arsenal could still get 4th, all depends on goals scored. Don’t start cheering the mackems on quite yet 🙂

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  • toonbrother

    May 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #29

    Jonas seems to have interpreted the role of left winger to mean cental defensive midfielder -only problem is he is a mediocre defensive midfielder

    Pardumb favouring him over marveaux is proof we have one of the least intelligent managers in the world of football.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #30

    spuggy,
    No disrespect to Ibiza but if we had more supporters like him the ground would be empty.

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  • Spuggy

    May 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #31

    Ibiza

    Pards was lucky last season but a poor manager this season in spite of schedule of games, injuries, suspensions, loss of form of tiote and cisse, losing Ba, the colo saga and trying to integrate 5 new foreigners to save our season.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #32

    Jose, it’s geat that you’re youth coach at Levante and is good to hear you views.If you are working for them do you watch every minute of the Newcastle games? It’s not a negative, I’m just asking, because the majority of us see out of form players being persistently played, like Jonas and Tiote. Plus general misuse of players. Cisse on the wing etc.

    As a coach you must see that although Jonas has good aspects to his game he also has zero assists this season. Not good enough for a player in place to provide your forward with goals.

    Marveaux has started a third of the games which Jonas has played, yet is top of our assists with 4.

    If a team sits back for entire second halves without the ball, it’s just heaping more pressure on our defence unnecessarily without having any command of creating chances.

    Plus, you have to remember, as you rightly say, that Spain has great emphasis on improving youth players, like in France. The football which our arrogant manager is trying to play is alien to these players who general have a more technically minded footballing brain. Spanish coaches would be horrified he Pardew started to enforce that type of football over there. It’s no different here with out quality of players.

    As you may agree with, practicing retaining possession and fluid interchanging of passes should be a priority when training. Defensive structure should be built into a system.

    We literally just sit 9 men close to our 18 yard box and hope to repel balls away and up to Cisse.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #33

    Ibiza

    You’re not a Newcastle fan, you’re a Pardew fan. That’s my favorite one – three guesses who it’s from.

    And you’re right, if losing 9-0 over 7 days against two of our rivals (one local and one historical) doesn’t sway Ashley, I hardly think shipping a few against one of the best teams in Europe in a nothing game is going to make him sit up and think.

    Pardew’s going nowhere, and if anyone wants to do something about it, posting personal abuse about him on a blog comments section all day won’t achieve too much I’m afraid.

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  • Tommyy

    May 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #34

    I’m very upset Pardew is staying. It’s not even just his abysmal record and obvious lack of coaching ability… It’s also just his sheer like of professionalism and likeability factor!
    Really really dislike him and frankly I’m almost embarrassed he’s our manager and is staying. Extremely disillusioned at the moment.

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  • stuart no9

    May 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #35

    indian – i think it is right you put the article in.
    It lets everybody see the carbage that comes out of his mouth. people need to read that and make their own minds up !

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  • Tommyy

    May 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #36

    Lack*

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  • Dennis Twice

    May 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #37

    Attack Toon attack attack!

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  • Spuggy

    May 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #38

    Jail

    Very harsh. Season tickets are expensive and not everyone has opportunity to go (living away). I go when I can and I’m going at 4pm to support the team and manager.

    A petulant comment lacking class.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    May 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #39

    Jail…That’s it, I’m reporting you to Ed!

    I think he meant my approach and views rather than geographical location, actually i’m 100% sure that’s what he meant, as that is what he said.

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  • discrepancia

    May 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #40

    protest toon, protes, protest !!!

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