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Arsenal Win Would Tick A Big Box For Us

8:06 am, Saturday, December 28th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

Newcastle’s next game is against Arsenal at St. James’ Park tomorrow afternoon, in what is already a sell-out, and Alan Pardew has talked about the game, and admits that if Newcastle win again – it would be our 8th win of the last ten league games if we can do that – then Newcastle would need to seriously looks at our aspirations for the year.

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Alan Pardew – we’ve already beaten some good teams

Newcastle are coming off a 5-1 win on Boxing Day against a 9 man Stoke City side, and the Arsenal game will give us a chance to see just how good this Newcastle side is this season.

This is what Alan Pardew has said about tomorrow’s game:

“I’d like to think that we’ll run them close and if we can beat them then we’ll have to seriously look at our aspirations for the year because we’ve obviously beaten some good teams leading up to this.”

“Arsenal have been the best team this season, I don’t think anyone will argue with that.” “It will certainly tell us a lot about how good we are if we can beat them, especially after the result against Stoke.”

“They had a terrific result against West Ham and if you can beat one of the top teams like Arsenal, it’s really going to put us in good shape at the top of the league.”

“It would tick a big box for us, but having said that, if we lose the game, that wouldn’t dampen our aspirations either.”

“I’d like to think the game is going to be an even one, but they are the type of team that can unravel you. We need to be on our guard about that, but we will also going out there trying to make sure we win the game.”

Newcastle have already beaten Chelsea at home and Tottenham and Manchester United away, so a win against Arsenal in the early kick-off game tomorrow would be terrific, and would see us move higher up the league table than our current 6th place.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Dec 28, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Going to be a difficult day against the current league leaders but I think the Gunners have peaked and can be beaten. My team is the usual suspects:

    Krul
    Debussey, Willo, Colo, Santon
    Tiote, Anita
    Sissoko, Cabaye, Goofy
    Remy

  • 2 cyprus // Dec 28, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    I like AP’s statement. Obviously believes we can beat them, but at the same time a loss won’t be the end of the world. I’m predicting a draw.

  • 3 Malta Mag // Dec 28, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    I think it will be tight against Arsenal and would be over the moon with a draw as it would prove again that this current team assembled by Pardew is capable of pushing for a Champions League spot. Realistically though I will stick with my pre season prediction of 6th. I’m a big Pardew fan and believe he is underrated as a manager. For those who disagree, name someone you would replace him with if your wish to get rid of him came true?

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 28, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Swemag,
    Fantastic incentive that – play your hearts out lads to get us into Europe, oh by the way one we are there none of you are playing.

    Players want to play in Europe, they would happily play in the Europa League to test themselves against other opposition. It is a highly prized trophy in most of Europe. It is only in the UK where we seem to belittle it, and that is only due to the vast amount of money available in the Prem compared to most leagues.

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Dec 28, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Not bad words from the silver tongued lothario, is he hinting that Mikey might put his hands in our pockets and go the extra yard to push for CL if we win.

  • 6 Ben3arfa // Dec 28, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    If we can tie up Remy permanently and bring in a tall physical striker in January. Sky will be the limit for us .

    also, midfield and centre back cover wouldnt do us any harm

  • 7 70TWO // Dec 28, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Best form of defense is….

    ———–Shola
    Remy – Cabaye – Gouffran
    ——-Tiote – Anita
    Santon-CD-CD-Debuchy
    ———– Krul

  • 8 bills-son // Dec 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Caughtoffside are reporting Arsenal will bid £12M for Remy in Jan.

    Probably a load of bollox.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Dec 28, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Bills,
    Is he open to offers in January ?

  • 10 davo // Dec 28, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    I agree with your team selection slank,the same lineup that beat Man Utd at old Trafford.With HBA to come off the bench and save us if needed.

  • 11 Anita the Legend // Dec 28, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Malta Mag

    I don’t disagree, I think he is a bloody good manager, but I do think Pards has his weaknesses.

    I don’t like how he puts our players in the shop window by constantly rambling on about them.
    Not keen on how it took him 2 years longer than everybody else to realise we needed to drop Guti.
    Don’t know why he struggles so blatantly with making substitutions. The subs away to Swansea? Why does he always leave it so late?
    Also, why can’t he somehow explain to Cabaye that after 2 years of repeatedly hitting the first man from every corner kick, something’s wrong!

    Oh and his excuses from last seasons Europa. Sorry Alan, but it wasn’t fatigue, you DID play the kids and the fringe players!

    However however however, one of the beautiful things about football is that we all, whether we mean to or not, have incredibly short memories and are overly optimistic.

    Pards is doing a bloody excellent job at the moment and is improving every week. If he carries on learning and adapting then we might well have a very talented manager at the helm for many years to come. He’s in his prime!

    3 points on Sunday would be enough to shoot down a lot of doubters. I empathise with the doubters for sure, they’ve got cold hard physical evidence to back up their claims. But a win tomorrow and even the haters themselves will be lapping it up.

  • 12 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Dec 28, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    This is going to be a very close game to call ?

    Win and we will be on course maybe even on course for a Champions League place ? I will be happy with a point, but a lot will depend on the Referee and the officials?

    A win will be great, but realistically a draw or a loss is more likely !

  • 13 James Keith // Dec 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Play a 4-3-3 to start with to really attack Arsenal in the first part of the game.
    Krul
    Debuchy Williamson Mbiwa Haidara
    Tiote Cabaye Sissoko
    BenArfa Remy Gouffran
    If this doesn’t work then revert to a 4-4-2 by taking off Ben Arfa for Shola.
    Krul
    Debuchy Williamson Mbiwa Haidara
    Sissoko Tiote Cabaye Gouffran
    ShAmeobi Remy
    Anita could play a useful role here somewhere too. Even though it won’t happen we should really play Mbiwa at the back with Willo, we need the pace against Arsenal. Willo and Mbiwa kept clean sheets against Chelsea and Spurs, why did Pardew ever change this?! Haidara should also come in for Santon to tighten the defense.




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