Today’s game against Arsenal at St. James’ Park is one of the plum games for Newcastle every season, and last season we lost 1-0 in the final game of the season, and we drew 0-0 the season before in the first game of the season when we finished in 5th place, and in February of 2011 we came back from 4-0 down after 26 minutes, in that remarkable game to draw 4-4 in what is still the greatest comeback in the history of the Premier League.
In our last game Newcastle recovered from an awful first half performance, to come storming back against Stoke City in that second half, albeit against a 9 man Stoke side, and it will be difficult for Alan Pardew to know who to leave out of the side today.
And once again there are no injuries in the squad and the Newcastle manager is spoiled for choice.
We have a feeling that Vurnon Anita, who was brought off at half time against Stoke, could be the unlucky one and will make way for the returning Cheick Tiote, who missed the last game due to suspension, and the manager has said he will definitely start this game.
We also think that Ben Arfa will retain his starting position, after putting in a Man of the Match performance against Stoke.
So this could be the side, in a 4-3-3 formation, that Alan Pardew plays in this important game:
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Sissoko Tiote Cabaye
Gouffran Remy Ben Arfa
Subs: Elliot Haidara Yanga-Mbiwa Anita Cisse Obertan Ameobi (Sh)
What is your team for this afternoon’s match?
There could be a surprise in the team with the impressive Massadio Haidara coming for Davide Santon at left back, but we doubt it.
Arsenal have probably been the best side in the Premier League this season, and at the moment are two points behind Manchester City in second place, so a win would take them back to the top of the league tonight.
If Newcastle can somehow manage to beat Arsenal for a change, then we would go up to 36 points from 19 games – half way through the season – and be only 3 points behind the Gunners and probably in 5th place in the league.
As far as the fans are concerned 72% think we can take something out of this game today, which is being televised live around the world.
If Newcastle can play somewhere near their best form today, and start this game buzzing, then we have a chance – a decent chance – to get another famous win this season to go with the wins against Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.
But Arsenal are a good side and our lads will need to concentrate throughout the game, if indeed we are to get something this afternoon.
We’d be happy enough with a draw, but if we win Alan Pardew has already said the club would need to seriously look at our aspirations for the year, and that it would tick a big box for us
We think that means it would be another fantastic win. 😀
But this game is what every Newcastle player looks forward to, and they don’t come much bigger than this one, so it’s a time for our players to play their hearts out this afternoon in front of a sold out St. James’ Park, and if we can do that, who knows – we could be celebrating big time tonight.
Howay The Lads!!
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