This Is Newcastle’s Best Team For Arsenal

Now that we know the injury situation at Newcastle, we can go about seeing what the best team for Newcastle could be for tomorrow’s game at the Emirates against an injury-hit Arsenal side.

Mike Williamson QPR

Mike Williamson – will start tomorrow

From what Alan Pardew said in his press conference yesterday Newcastle have  Rob Elliot, Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Gabriel Obertan, Siem De Jong, Mehdi Abeid, Davide Santon and Curtis Good all out injured.

And Steven Taylor and Moussa Sissoko are banned for this one game, so they will not be available – so that’s 11 first team players not available for tomorrow’s match. 🙁

Injuries have cost us dearly this season, and we continue to be at the top of the injury league week in and week out, so hopefully the coaching staff will look at why that’s the case and fix it – it cannot just be bad luck.

With the players he has available it could be the Newcastle manager plays in a 4-2-3-1 formation tomorrow, and this could be the starting eleven.

Janmaat Williamson Coloccini (c) Dummett
Tiote Colback
Gouffran Perez Ameobi
Subs: Woodman Haidara Anita Armstrong Cabella Ferreyra Riviere

With so many players not available, we are really down to the bare bones, but that hasn’t stopped us picking up points points over the last month or so.

We hope that young Jak Alnwick can deal with the demands of playing in such a big game, but he seems to have enough confidence in himself – and that’s good.

Arsenal are also hit with injuries, especially in central defense, so there’s an opportunity for Papiss Cisse to add to his total of seven goals in nine appearances so far this season.

With Pardew protecting Cisse because of his sore knee, it could be that Riviere starts up front, and Papiss comes on in the second half.

And maybe Mehdi Abeid can start this game, and if he does we could play in our familiar 4-3-3 formation, with Goufran dropping to the bench.

What team would you start tomorrow?

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5 comments so far

  • fergies left foot

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #1

    would prefer this team instead. (if abeid is fit)


    bring on cisse after 60 minutes, bring in anita and gouffran only if were defending a lead

  • Go toon gooooo

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Williamson and Coloccini together: first mistake
    Dummet ahead of Haidara on the left back position: second mistake
    Sammy Ameobi on the winger position: third mistake.Very slow moving.
    Arsenal is dangerous team especially their midfield and because of their style of football(hardly let the ball to the opponent’s team).
    Press,press,press and one shot must pass the goal line.Draw is good result there.

  • ryan_toon

    Dec 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #3

    I would rather see dummet partnering colo and have haidara at left back. Williamson should only be last resort.

  • Blofal

    Dec 12, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Disagree with that team. Dummett will play CB and Williamson will be on the bench with Haidara out on the left.

  • OhColoccini2

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Would personally prefer Dummett central against Arsenal. The quick. slick passing from midfield and running power of welbeck and sanchez are the danger, which I could see resulting in Williamson tripping over himself trying to defend.

    Also, Haidara may be weak defensively but adds pace to our back four.

    If Abeid is fit, he has to start! Would be perfect in midfield against Arsenal with his strength and stamina.

    Cabella may be a liability, but playing counter attack and on the Emirates pitch, hopefully he would be able to show us what he’s got in his locker. Desperate for him to start repeating his performances in Ligue 1 and with Gibbs liking to push and Arsenal lacking defensive midfield players because of injury, he may get the space he needs to show his magic (I hope!). Gouffran has looked like a ghost for long periods at times this year, so in a game where sharpness is key, I wouldn’t start him.

    Sammy works hard and seems to have understanding with Haidara.

    Perez starts for me to do the running on counter.

    So, I would set up:

    Janmaat, Colo, Dummett, Haidara
    ————Tiote, Colback————-


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