Alan Pardew has just announced the Newcastle team for the Arsenal game, and both Ayoze Perez and Papiss Cisse are in the starting line-up.
Here are the teams:
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Hector Bellerin, Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker, Kieran Gibbs; Mathieu Flamini, Santi Cazorla; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck; Olivier Giroud
Substitutes: Emiliano Martinez, Semi Ajayi, Francis Coquelin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joel Campbell, Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Jak Alnwick; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback; Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez, Sammy Ameobi; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita, Haris Vuckic, Remy Cabella, Adam Armstrong, Emmanuel Riviere
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Haris Vuckic and Adam Armstrong both make the bench today, and of course in the goalkeeper department, Jak Alnwick starts this game and 17 year-old Freddie Woodman is on the bench.
It’s a 4-2-3-1 formation with Papiss Cisse up front, and it’s also the team we thought would start today – sometimes you get lucky.
Ayoze Perez will play just behind Cisse up front in the withdrawn striker role, so we have a couple of goalscorers in the middle of the park up front, and we saw last week against Chelsea that Ayoze can put a lot of work in to help out the defense.
Former Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy starts at center-half today – and that had been rumored yesterday with Arsenal having only one fir center-half in Per Mertesacker.
How Newcastle fare today will depend a lot on how the defense plays, and it’s good to see Colo fit and in the side, and he’ll have big Mike Williamson partnering him today.
How we fare today will also depend on how Jak performs in goal – and we hope he has another good game for the club.
Almost as many fans think we can win this game as think we will lose it.
Howay The Lads!!
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