Sissoko And Janmaat Return – Thauvin Starts

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Steve McClaren has just announced his team for the very tough game at home to Arsenal today, in the early kick-off game and both Daryl Janmaat and Moussa Sissoko return to the team and Steven Taylor, Gabby Obertan and Ayoze Perez drop to the bench.

As we had hoped – Florian Thauvin makes his first Premier League start for Newcastle.

Teams:

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Gabriel Obertan, Ayoze Perez, Papiss Cisse

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla (c); Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez; Theo Walcott
Substitutes: David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Mikel Arteta, Joel Campbell, Olivier Giroud

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

And that’s about the strongest bench we have seen at Newcastle in a  long time – Karl Darlow, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Gabriel Obertan, Ayoze Perez, Papiss Cisse

So Daryl Janmaat make an immediate return following his one game suspension and Moussa Sissoko is fit and returns to the side and Florian Thauvin starts – and this has to be our strongest team we can filed at the moment.

Newcastle will again play in their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation with Colback and Anita again the holding midfielders, and it looks like Moussa will be on the right wing and Thauvin on the left wing.

That was the team we picked with just one difference – we had Steven Taylor at center-back and Chancel Mbemba at right back – the same back four as last week at Manchester United.

This is what Steve McClaren has said about today’s game in the Chronicle:

“It’s another huge test for us.” “The boys – like I said last week – must be playing at their optimum, at our very top level.”“That’s what we have to do again.¨

“We did it against Southampton, 10 men against Swansea was difficult but last week the players could not move for two or three days after.¨ “That’s what we need on Sunday morning, the players not being able to move.¨

“That is the type of effort and hard work that you need to get a result against any of the top four teams.” “It is about performance.” “Come on, let’s give a performance and defend like we did at Man United.¨

“Let’s be as disciplined as we were at Man United and deserve our luck as much as we did.”

“To beat a team like Arsenal is about work and defending well but you have to play football and pass the ball well.”

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It’s five years since we last beat Arsenal – and that was at the Emirates and ten years since we beat them at home – both 1-0 score-lines.

Howay The Lads!!